Groups in line for £130k boost

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COMMUNITY groups, including four schools and two churches, are in line to pocket a share of £130,000 from a council funding pot.

Mildenhall Parish Council’s Project Working Group is set to dish out the money as part of their £1.4 million settlement for Sainsbury’s Recreation Way store.

Brian Sulman, a member of the Project Working Group, said he was delighted with the quality and quantity of applications it had received for the money.

“It was hard negotiations which secured this money for Mildenhall and we want to make sure it goes to the right causes.

“It’s been difficult but enjoyable deciding where the money will go and we hope we can help some people out,” he said.

At a meeting of the parish council last night, Mildenhall College of Technology, St Mary’s primary, Great Heath primary and West Row primary were looking for funding of between £25,000 and £30,000 each being approved by councillors.

Susan Byles, headteacher at Mildenhall College of Technology, said: “We’ve made a variety of applications but they will all benefit the local community as well as the school.”

St Mary’s Church, in Mildenhall, was in line to receive £10,000, with St Peter’s Church, in West Row, looking for £5,000.

The Rev Sue Leathley, who oversees both churches, said the money would be going towards refurbishments, including essential improvements to St Mary’s heating system.

“We have a very chilly time during the winter months and a lot of community groups use the church as well as services. This money will be very useful,” she said.

Mildenhall in Bloom required £8,616 for planters from the fund while the Jubilee Centre asked for a maximum of £4,000 for a DVD player and projector.

Last night’s recipients were the second wave of the funding process to be considered.

Mildenhall Sea Cadets and Mildenhall Scouts shared £15,000 at the end of last month.

The Sea Cadets spent its money on a new boat shed which is due to be installed on Monday. An official opening of the shed is expected to be held in the New Year.

The application window for funding is now closed until decisions have been passed on current applications.