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Step in the right direction thanks to council cash

Published on Thursday, 4th June 2020

Mad grant East Cowton chairs

A village in the Hambleton district is steadily making improvements to its village hall and now thanks to a council grant has replaced all of its seating and invested in storage for the seating too.

East Cowton Village Hall Association eventually hopes to build a new hall but in the meantime is making improvements when it can.  2018 saw the purchase of new tables and now thanks to a grant of £3220 from Hambleton District Council’s Making a Difference Grant has new chairs to replace the assortment of hand me downs provided by various organisation’s.

“Our village hall was extremely well used with weekly meetings, activities and the Friday afternoon pop up café prior to the current coronavirus situation,” said Peter Ball, Secretary of the Village Hall Association.  “Although the Outreach Post Office is still operational every Friday afternoon in the hall.

“Purchasing transferable equipment beforehand will be a great benefit for our new-build as well as for our present needs.  Better seating will improve comfort and posture as well as being easier for people to handle and the new racking and storage will free up space in the hall, giving us the opportunity to deliver a larger range of activities when we are able to re-use the hall.  We are grateful to the council for the grant and helping us improve an important asset for the village.”

  • Cash for the Making a Difference scheme comes from ongoing cost savings that councillors are reinvesting into the local community. Each scheme must meet one of the council’s key priorities – driving economic vitality, enhancing health and wellbeing, caring for the environment and providing a special place to live. And each must show that there is community involvement and represents value for money.