Lottery joy for village halls

A project to bring together communities in Northumberland has received a huge cash windfall.

Thursday, 21st February 2019, 08:31 am
Updated Wednesday, 20th February 2019, 10:36 am
Left to right, Clare Watkin, funding manager for The National Lottery Community Fund; Stephanie Ellis, funding officer at The National Lottery Community Fund; Louise Currie, community initiatives officer at Community Action Northumberland; and Sarah Benioff, England director at The National Lottery Community Fund.

The Northumberland Village Halls project, led by Community Action Northumberland (CAN), has been awarded more than £420,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund, previously known as the Big Lottery Fund.

It is one of the first groups to be awarded money raised by National Lottery players, under the new name.

CAN will bring together village halls across the whole county of Northumberland, to share resources, skills and knowledge.

Louise Currie, community initiatives officer at CAN, said: “In rural villages where there are often very limited resources, no post office, no pub, no school or shop, the village hall is a lifeline, linking residents to vital services and bringing people together with their neighbours and wider community.”

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She added: “Some people would have nowhere else to go without them.”

Sarah Benioff, England director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “People tell us that village halls are often the heart of rural communities so we’re really happy that this funding can support more of these hubs to bring people together and allow them to play an active role in helping their communities to thrive.”