Village groups to share grant cash
Community association secures £13,000 of the £16,000 available
COMMUNITY groups, schools and charities have benefited from thousands of pounds worth of grants.
Gerrards Cross Community Association, Gerrards Cross CofE School and Leonard Cheshire Disability are among the groups to receive more than £16,000 of council cash.
Gerrards Cross Parish councillors award community grants annually.
Gerrards Cross Community Association secured £13,000 of the pot this year to help it upgrade central heating at the Memorial Centre, as well as pay for other refurbishments.
Ken Piercy, the association’s director of services, said: “It’s a real boost to be given this money. Without it, we would have really struggled to carry out this work. Some of the pipes at the Memorial Centre date back to the 1930s and the heating system is very outdated.
“If we only have one room in use, we have been in a position where we have had to heat up the entire building, which is a waste of money and energy.
“Updating the system will save us a ot of money each year which means hat we can use that to improve the ervices we offer in other ways.”
Gerrards Cross CE School, in Moreland Drive, was given £450 owards the creation of a small prayer garden which will be available to all 420 children and 70 staff as well as parents and governors.
Parish council chairman Chris Brown said: “The idea behind the grants is for them to be spent on things which will benefit as many people as possible in Gerrards Cross and I think hat the money we’re giving out will do ust that.”