Date published: 14th September 2018

Church bells, floodlights and children’s play equipment are among the projects to be given a boost with funding from North Norfolk District Council’s Big Society Fund (BSF).

The BSF has awarded more than £95,000 to 13 recipients in its latest round of funding:

  • All Saints Church, Beeston Regis (£10,000) – to install a toilet in the north-facing vestry that will have disabled facilities and access, and will include baby-changing facilities
  • All Saints Church, Upper Sheringham (£10,000) – contribution towards the restoration of six church bells and a chiming mechanism to enable those who have difficulty in managing stairs to take part in bell-ringing
  • Coronation Hall, Mundesley (£10,000) – to replace and improve the existing heating system
  • East Ruston Village Hall (10,000) – contribution towards the removal and replacing of the roof tiles and installation, guttering and repairing roof timbers
  • Fakenham Town Council (£8,000) – contribution towards the set-up of a heritage trail
  • Hawk and Owl Trust, Sculthorpe (£3,110.40) – to purchase a projector and a laptop for the new Education Hide
  • Hindolveston Parish Council (£2,000) – to provide a concrete access path from the Street to the Millennium Pavilion
  • Hoveton Village Hall & Recreation Ground (£13,025.50) – to purchase two pieces of play equipment, a zip wire and swing set, plus safety matting
  • North Norfolk Astronomy Society (£4,000) – contribution towards the purchase of giant observation binoculars plus mount, a refractor telescope on a tracking mount, and a Celestron C11 telescope on a tracking mount
  • North Walsham Football Club (£10,000) – to refurbish the floodlights that cover the main pitch, youth pitches and the training area at Greens Road
  • Sheringham Bridge Learners Club (£300) – seed funding to set up a new club to teach bridge to beginners
  • Skeyton Village Hall (10,000) – contribution to the extension of the village hall to provide space for a disabled toilet with baby changing facilities
  • Southrepps Village Hall (6,246.08) – to remove old heaters and install two new LPG space heaters

The 13 grants combined are worth £96,681.98.

Sue Morton, who is co-ordinating the church bells project at All Saints, Upper Sheringham, said: “We are delighted the BSF has supported the Upper Sheringham Bell Appeal so generously. It will be an amazing opportunity for all members of the community to take part and help make the bells ring out again to celebrate church and community events.

“With this help, we will be able to welcome people into the church even if they do not wish to worship. The great thing about bell-ringing is that it brings people of all ages and walks of life together to work as a team.”

Since the fund started in 2012, NNDC has awarded more than £1.7m to 232 community projects.

Cllr John Lee, Leader of North Norfolk District Council and Chairman of the BSF panel, said: “It is always great to be able to support these good causes within our community. There are so many fantastic projects all around North Norfolk, and learning about them and being able to help them is a highlight of my job.

“As always, I’d encourage any groups across the district to get in touch to see if we can support them in our future funding rounds.”

Completed applications to be submitted to the December panel need to be received by November 5.

For more information about the application process, visit www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/tasks/big-society-fund/big-society-fund-details or contact the BSF team on 01263 516173 or 01263 516248.

Last updated: 14th September 2018