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Cash boosts for community projects in Copeland

November 14, 2013

The 16 grants - totalling £21,917 - from the county council's Copeland Local Committee cover a range of activities: £800 to Arlecdon and District Community First Responders to help towards a new defibrillator, £500 towards a Christmas party for Keekle and Padstow Senior Citizens Group, and £250 towards a Christmas meal for 25 homeless people through Time for Change (West Cumbria).

There is also a £5,000 grant to Cleator Moor Celtic Football Club to help with ground improvements including a new stand to qualify the club to play in national FA competitions, and £1,000 to Egremont Fur and Feather Society towards the costs of new storage facility.

The grants were agreed at a meeting of the Copeland Local Committee Strategic Grants Panel and Copeland Youth Council. Other grants include:
- Haverigg Nursery - £1,219 for extra equipment for the sensory room
- Lamplugh Village Hall - £550 to subsidise the cost of their Christmas pantomime, Aladdin
- Egremont and Area Regeneration Partnership - £1,400 to help with the costs of their lantern parade on 1 December.
- Thornhill Village Association - £503 towards the costs of children’s Christmas party, Christmas tree planting with carol singing and refreshments and competition
- St Bees Parish Council £3,000 towards the costs of the new state-of-the-art play area to be built on the beach front.
- Waberthwaite Village Hall - £2,000 towards the costs of making the building accessible
- Millom Recreation centre - £1,000 towards the costs of new lighting
- Frizington Library Craft Club - £500 towards equipment costs
- Cleator Moor Credit Union - £695 towards a training programme for new staff
- Bigrigg Over 60s Circle - £350 towards the cost of a Christmas outing
- Thornhill Afternoon Club - £200 towards the costs of a Christmas outing
- Sneakyeat Allotment Association £1,500 to improve the site and create a sustainable community allotment
- Mirehouse Community Centre Association - £1,450 to replace a boiler.

Cllr Frank Morgan, Chairman of Copeland Local Committee said: "These grants get to the heart of our communities and cater for the interests and activities of a variety of people.
"I'm delighted that we're giving £1,300 to help older and vulnerable people enjoy some Christmas cheer - I hope it will make a difference to them at this time of year."