Grants awarded to North Devon village halls

FIVE village halls across North Devon are to get a major cash boost to help maintain the community buildings. At a North Devon Council Executive meeting today (Tuesday), members agreed to award more than �40,000 to various projects. These are: Harracott

FIVE village halls across North Devon are to get a major cash boost to help maintain the community buildings.

At a North Devon Council Executive meeting today (Tuesday), members agreed to award more than �40,000 to various projects. These are:

Harracott Village Hall - �2,800 towards the cost of refurbishing the kitchen.

Goodleigh Village Hall - �1,000 towards the cost of preparing plans and preliminary work and a further �9,000 in 2010/2011 to complete the village hall refurbishment.


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Loxhore Village Hall - �9,000 towards the cost of a new entrance and storeroom.

Molland Village Hall - �7,000 towards the cost of refurbishing the hall.

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Twitchen Village Hall - �12,000 towards the cost of a new roof.

Councillor Dick Jones, Lead Member for Community Development, said: "We are delighted to be able to award grants to these village halls. The buildings in question support our rural communities greatly, from our young children to the elderly. Therefore it is important we help keep these halls alive for all to enjoy, now and in the future."

The money for the grants has come from the council's Rural Community Buildings Capital Budget. The decision on which halls to support follows site visits last month, where members of the council's Executive and local ward members went to various parish buildings to see which ones would benefit most.

A sixth project, aimed at helping towards the cost of a new roof for Bishops Tawton Village Hall, is also being considered. Further discussions are now being planned with the relevant groups, with a decision expected next month.

This latest round of grants takes the total amount awarded this financial year to more than �55,000, with Atherington Church Hall having already been given �15,000.

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