Lottery grants £470,000 to the East of England

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A SCHOOL market, free photography lessons and a nature reserve workshop are among the projects to receive a share of £470,000 of Lottery grants to the East of England.

The Big Lottery Fund’s latest list of 61 Awards for All in the region, announced on Monday, range from £1,100 to £10,000.

Abbots Green Community Primary School, in Airfield Road, Bury St Edmunds, has received £3,312 for a project to start its own ‘farmers’ market’ run by the pupils, assisted by staff and volunteers, selling produce from the school gardening club and home-made items.

Brandon and District Photographic Club, which meets in the Baptist Hall in the town’s High Street, plans to spend it’s £2,104 on free photographic workshops for the community.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust has received £9,995 to spend on a volunteer workshop, green woodworking area and improved pedestrian and vehicle entrances at Bradfield Woods, one of its national nature reserves.

The project will start when the new visitor centre currently under construction there is finished.

Two £10,000 grants will help make important community buildings more comfortable for their users.

One goes to the Parochial Church Council of Stoke Ash and will be used to replace wiring, lighting and heating in All Saints’ Church, which is a listed medieval church updated by the Victorians.

The other grant is to Ringshall Village Hall, where it will be used to replace the building’s storage heater system.