CHARITIES and recreational groups around Stubbington and Hill Head have been encouraged to apply for grants under a trust’s scheme.
The Hammond Memorial Hall Trust is offering grants to groups for projects which aim to improve the lives of residents of the area.
Trust chairman and Fareham Borough Council member Councillor Arthur Mandry said he welcomed all applications for grant money.
Cllr Mandry said: ‘Any local organisation which will benefit the local community of Stubbington and Hill Head can apply to us, and we will consider each application to see how we can support them.’
One group that has already benefited from the grants made by the trust is the Crofton Community Centre.
Nicky Rayner, the centre’s manager, said she was delighted the trust had helped make the centre a better place.
Ms Rayner said: ‘The money we have received from the Hammond Memorial Hall Trust meant we could get new signage to ensure that local residents know we are here.
‘The trust also supported us in buying new lighting equipment to improve the facilities we are able to offer the community.’
Another group to have benefitted from the trust is Gosport Bridge Club.
Vice-chairwoman Roz Reid said: ‘We were enormously grateful to the Hammond Memorial Hall Trust who gave us £800 for our e-scoring system, giving us instant scoring so nobody has to stay up till 1am.
‘It records everything and allows us to play and improve, putting us on par with the top clubs. Quite a few of our players are local so it was great that the trust could support us.’
Application forms for trust money can be downloaded from hammondmemorialhalltrust.btck.co.uk.
The trust was formed in 1971 from the proceeds of the sale of the former Hammond Hall in Stubbington.
The hall was originally bought by landowner Isaac Hammond to celebrate his golden wedding anniversary.