Community buildings to benefit from £17,500 funding

Five valued East Devon community buildings will benefit from more than £17,500 of funding from East Devon District Council.

Tim Dixon

They are the latest projects to win cash from the authority’s Community Buildings Fund.

Beer Albion Football Club will receive £3,500 to help pay for a viewing area for sports activities, community events and for private hire events.

Colyford Memorial Hall was granted £4,611 to help replace its floor, which is beyond further repair.

Exton Village Hall will receive £2,567 to help provide its sound system with a hearing loop, which users of the hall have asked for.

Newton Poppleford Pavilion was granted £2,000 to pay towards replacing windows, doors and other woodwork, some of which is rotten. This project will help make the hall more energy efficient and secure.

West Hill Royal British Legion Hall will receive £5,000 to help create a new kitchen. This will enable the Legion, groups that meet there regularly and other hirers to prepare and cook food on the premises, which isn’t currently possible.

The Community Building Fund has been running for more than 14 years. It supports village halls, community buildings and community shops by offering grants of anything up to £5,000.

The scheme’s purpose is to help rural community buildings and community shops all around East Devon with funding for projects such as new or improved toilet facilities, kitchen facilities, roof repairs, heating and new door fixtures.

The closing date for the next raft of applications is 9am on Monday, March 15.

The council explained that it had a maximum of £2,187 left to give out. Councillor Jack Rowland, East Devon District Council chair of the community grants panel, said: “On behalf of the East Devon District Council Community Grants Panel, we were pleased to support these applications as they all demonstrated exactly the reasons why these grants were made available.

“In these particularly difficult times it is vitally important that facilities such as these are maintained and improved in readiness for the time when the communities can make full use of them again.”