Councillor grants help Barnstaple clubs

CENTRAL Barnstaple is enjoying the benefits of Community Councillor Grants from North Devon Council.   Councillors Faye Webber and John Wilsher have together given grants to Barnstaple Musical Comedy and Dramatic Society, Barnstaple in Bloom and Barnstapl

CENTRAL Barnstaple is enjoying the benefits of Community Councillor Grants from North Devon Council.

Councillors Faye Webber and John Wilsher have together given grants to Barnstaple Musical Comedy and Dramatic Society, Barnstaple in Bloom and Barnstaple Tennis Club. Councillor Wilsher has also given grants to Christchurch Short mat Bowling Club and Barnstaple Carnival.

This year the council is providing �65,000 of funding to community and voluntary groups or organisations through the grants. Each Councillor has �1,500 to spend on projects within their electoral ward each year.

During a recent visit to the Barnstaple Tennis Club the Councillors were able to see how the grant has been spent. The grant was added to funds from other grants and was used for much needed repairs to the two outdoor tennis courts at the club.


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Councillor Faye Webber, Ward Member for Central Barnstaple, says: "When allocating the grants that I have as a Ward Member for Barnstaple Central Ward I try to spread the net as far as possible and include as many different people and organisations as I can. This particular grant will help young people at the club with training and has improved the courts for all the club's members. It is important to encourage healthy lifestyles for all ages and clubs such as this make a big difference."

Councillor John Wilsher, Ward Member for Central Barnstaple, says: "I am thrilled to be able to assist local communities with facilities that help people help themselves. In this particular case it is great to be able to promote sport and fitness at the tennis club and improve facilities for all its members."

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Dick Barraclough, Chairman of Barnstaple Tennis Club, says: "The courts at the tennis club have recently been cleaned and repainted. The general opinion amongst members is that they are now playing very well. This renovation work was made possible thanks to generous grants from the Councillors and other local organisations. The club now needs new members to enjoy our excellent facilities and invites players to come along and play on a Monday and Thursday at 4pm. Since the renovations took place we have been able to offer coaching for junior players on a Wednesday at 4.30pm."

Community Councillor Grants have proved to be a great success. A variety of organisations across the local area have benefited from this local funding. If anyone is interested in joining Barnstaple Tennis Club please contact Dick Barraclough on 01271 343133.

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