Grassroots community groups in Norfolk and Suffolk have been given a boost by grabbing a share of a near-£500,000 Lottery handout.

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Skate facilities, a village hall cinema, a youth shelter, goalposts and a community gym are among the projects to be funded from Big Lottery Fund Awards for All grants of up to £10,000 made to organisations across the east of England.

The grants include:

● Upcher Community Partnership, Sheringham - £8,000 to refurbish the community hall, enabling it to expand the activities and services offered

● Ditchingham Parish Council - £10,000 for a youth shelter, skate facilities and goalposts on the village green

● Crossroads Care, St Edmundsbury - £8,472 to provide a integrated and extended telephone advice service across its 10 East Anglian offices, boosting the support given to carers

● Gillingham Village Hall - £9.132 to refurbish the kitchen

● National Coastwatch Institute Mundesley - £10,000 for a new station at East Runton, as previously reported

● Wicklewood Parish Council - £10,000 to replace the village hall roof, enabling events to take place, including a baby and toddler group, Brownies and other community activities

● Fakenham High School and College - £10,000 to deliver gardening and cookery sessions to give children new skills and promote healthy eating

● Tasburgh Village Hall and Playing Fields - £10,000 to replace the existing windows

● Special Needs Enterprises, Norwich - £8,621 to refurbish the kitchen and activity area used for life, social and vocational skills for people who are disabled

● East Tuddenham Recreation Trust - £7,658 to install cinema equipment in the village hall

● Hickling Playing Field - £10,000 to set up a community gym

● Forest Heath Public Radio - £9,335 for a mock studio and production suite to deliver free DJ mixing courses to 15-21-year-olds

● Rockland St Mary with Hellington Parish Council - £10,000 to create a skate park and sports area.

Sara Betsworth, Big Lottery Fund’s head of the East of England region, said: “A grant from the Awards for All programme can have a huge impact on local communities and we are keen to offer grants to other projects running in the East of England that might need a helping hand.

“Funding is available for a wide range of activities and the application process is short and straightforward so groups haven’t got anything to lose by applying.”

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