Suffolk villages urged to go for gold

Lucy Gooderham and David Faiers of the Hopton Village Hall Management Committee, Ian Winslet, chief executive of SHS and David Orr of the National Housing Federation: Suffolk Housing Society grant to Hopton village hall
Lucy Gooderham and David Faiers of the Hopton Village Hall Management Committee, Ian Winslet, chief executive of SHS and David Orr of the National Housing Federation: Suffolk Housing Society grant to Hopton village hall
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SUFFOLK’S villages can bid for a share of £15,000 available for community projects.

Suffolk Housing Society has a fund called Village Gold, which offers grants to people in rural areas who are working on schemes to improve quality of life or facilities in their village.

Society chief executive Ian Winslet said: “We recognise the importance of supporting our rural communities and take our role as a champion of village life extremely seriously. That is why we’ve set up this fund – to help people drive through projects to benefit their community.”

The first project to receive Village Gold funding is a £3,300 scheme to upgrade the basketball area at the back of Hopton Village Hall. Tudor Venn, from Hopton Parish Council, said: “As is the case in many villages, this council is conscious of the lack of amenities for teenagers in our community. We are therefore very grateful for the support of Suffolk Housing Society in assisting the village hall management committee to provide the Tarmac base for a basketball and netball area, as requested by one of our younger villagers.”

To apply email villages@suffolkhousing.org