Co-op awards £8,638 to community groups

Digby Memorial Hall.
Digby Memorial Hall.

Seven community groups in the Sleaford area have been awarded grants from Lincolnshire Co-op.

The money, equating to £8,638.93, was awarded in the firm’s Community Champions scheme which sees every one of the Society’s 254,000 members linked to a good cause close to where they live.

In the last three months members raised £85,263 for 81 local groups across the county.

The local grants are as follows: Martin Village Hall (£2,300.65); Digby War Memorial Hall (1, 681.83); Wellingore Memorial Hall (£1,221.64); St Andrew’s Church Horbling (£1,425.81); Sleaford Old Age Pensioners Club (£906.13); Billinghay Village Hall (£551.43); Walcott Village Hall (£551.43).

Margaret Weston, from Digby War Memorial Hall, said they were ‘delighted’ with the grant money - which will go towards providing new lighting and heating at the site.

“The hall was built in the 1960s and is in a very neglected state,” she said. “We have been working on several improvements over the yars, including new windows and roofing - but there are still lots of big jobs that need to be done.”

Betty Hillyer, from Wellingore Memorial Hall, said the £1,221 they received will help to pay for new stage curtains and well as providing curtains for the various ‘large windows’ in the hall.