Community groups reap rewards of cash boost

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ORGANISATIONS and community initiatives have benefited from grants handed out by local councillors.

Each councillor in East Hampshire has been given £3,000 to spend in their own wards to improve the lives of residents.

In Horndean, councillors found a wide range of projects to support. Cllr Dorothy Denston gave the 55 Club £400 for bowls mats.

Meanwhile Cllr Lynn Evans provided £170 for two urns for Merchistoun Hall and £250 to Horndean Parish Council to help Jodrell Close residents improve their wildlife garden.

Cllr Ferris Cowper, leader of the authority, said: ‘The councillor grant scheme is the best way to support small and growing projects in local wards.

‘Who better to judge the needs of a community and the value of a project than the councillor who serves it? This scheme gives councillors the means to help the projects that will provide the greatest benefit to their constituents.’

The grants are limited to a maximum of £1,000. For details call (023) 9244 6561.