Vil­lage groups to share grant cash

Com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion se­cures £13,000 of the £16,000 avail­able

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

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.”

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