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Lottery funds facelift for Northchapel Village Hall

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South East England
Reaching Communities
Release date:
12 6 2008
A WEST Sussex community are all set to give their tired village hall a makeover after securing £50,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The Lottery support comes from BIG’s Reaching Communities programme, dedicated to improving the lives of local people across England.

Well used by Northchapel folk of all ages from babies to grandparents, the hall’s much-needed renovations will enable it to remain open and fit for purpose for the whole community including groups like the Brownies, mother and toddlers, childminding, sports club, seniors club, and social and community events.

Pam Bruce, Northchapel Village Hall Trustee and Development Team Member, said: “The Northchapel Village Hall Development Team and Trustees are absolutely delighted to hear that our project as been awarded £50,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme. This award will really make a difference to our village. Now we can start the much needed renovations to our hall and develop activities to the benefit of the whole community."

The eagerly anticipated upgrades include a new entrance porch with disabled access ramp, repairs to the roof, new toilets, kitchen and windows, and repairs to the drainage system. It is hoped the new-look village hall will attract even more users and groups to the community hub.

Alison Rowe, Big Lottery Fund Head of the South East region, said: “The Big Lottery Fund is committed to supporting initiatives that improve the lives of people across England.  Northchapel’s village hall already provides a home for many much-needed groups and organisations so a makeover will make their activities much more accessible and welcoming as well as encouraging even more groups to the community.”

Further information

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 020 7211 1888
Out of hours contact: 07867 500 572
Public Enquiries Line: 08454 102 030
Textphone:  0845 6021 659
Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the website at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk.

Notes to Editors

  • Under Reaching Communities, the Big Lottery Fund awards grants between £10,000 and £500,000 to projects that offer people better life chances, build stronger communities, develop improved rural and urban environments and improve health and well being.
  • The Big Lottery Fund rolls out close to £2 million in Lottery good cause money every 24 hours, which together with other Lottery distributors means that across the UK most people are within a few miles of a Lottery-funded project.
  • The Big Lottery Fund, the largest of the National Lottery good cause distributors, has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since its inception in June 2004. It was established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to Good Causes. As a result, over £20 billion has now been raised and more than 280,000 grants given out across the arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.