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Community groups celebrate cash windfall
11:17am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
COMMUNITY groups in and around Dorchester are celebrating after receiving a share of more than £30,000.
The funding was provided by West Dorset District Council from money it collected from the Sunday car boot sales at the Fairfield car park in the county town.
At a special presentation event chairman of the council Gillian Summers was joined by Dorchester Mayor Stella Jones and chairman of the Dorchester Markets joint committee Mary Penfold as she handed out certificates to the local good causes that will receive a share of the £30,282.
Councillor Summers said: “I am very pleased to be able to hand over money to so many good causes.
“I would also like to thank the traders and sellers who help make the Dorchester car boot sales a success, as without them we wouldn’t be able to give out these much-needed grants.”
Community groups, facilities and organisations that received a funding boost included Bradford Peverell Village Hall, which received £1,244 to improve IT and audiovisual facilities, and Stratton Youth Club, which was awarded £2,000 towards its running costs.
The Dorchester Disabled Club also received help in getting around with £500 going towards its minibus.
Groups supporting youngsters also benefitted with funds going to the Central Dorchester Scouts, Charminster Pre-School, the Crossways Youth and Community Centre and Dorchester Youth Theatre.
The other winners included the Dorchester Ballet and Dance Club, the Dorset Blind Association, the South West Dorset Multicultural Network, the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment Museums Charity and the Dorset Women’s Refuge.
Community groups in the Dor-chester area were invited to apply for the funds earlier this year and a panel of town and district councillors awarded the grants from the applications received.
For more information about the grants visit www.dorsetforyou.com/dorchestergrants.
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