Community groups recognised for work

Community groups in Castle Morpeth have been recognised for the work that they do within the local community.

The groups were recently awarded a grant from the Community Chest, run by Northumberland County Council, and were presented with a certificate by Councillor John Beynon at their local area council meeting at County Hall.

The scheme awards grants of up to £5,000 to support community groups and organisations county-wide. The funding can help with costs by issuing 75% of the total amount required, towards equipment for community group activities and sports, venue refurbishments, transport facilities and much more.

More than 1,500 projects have benefited from £2.8 million in grants since 2009, which has contributed or helped towards £20 million worth of projects within Northumberland.

The 1st Ellington Brownies, one of the groups in attendance, received a grant of £500 to help with the cost of new sporting equipment for the young members.  

Leader Gillian Teasdale said: “The grant has been extremely beneficial for the girls individually, as well as improving their team player skills.

“Before applying for the grant, we didn’t have any suitable equipment for outdoor activities. The new sporting equipment provides the girls with the opportunity to be active and healthy, as well as having fun.”

Other community groups in attendance included Pegswood Hub, Coquet Shorebased Trust, Contact Ltd, Morpeth Pipe Band, Morpeth and District Red Squirrels, Druridge Bay Commuity Boxing Club, Ponteland Lions and 1st Ponteland Scout Group.

Morpeth and Stobhill Councillor John Beynon, said: “It’s extremely important that local community groups are recognised for the important services that they work hard to provide to people. I wish them all every success in continuing their work in the future.”

 Cllr Nick Oliver, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, said: “Groups like the 1st Ellington Brownies are a great example of how Community Chest funding can make a difference to local people.

“The scheme contributes to achieving our ambition for Northumberland, which is to support voluntary and community groups and organisations to deliver activities to maintain and create sustainable communities.”

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