More lottery grants handed out for Devonshire groups

Community grants fair at Devonshire West SUS-151109-110355001
Community grants fair at Devonshire West SUS-151109-110355001

Kids’ cricket, community toilets and a winter street party were just three of the latest projects to receive money from the Devonshire West Lottery £1 million.

The Big Local team was handing out cheques at their community grant fair on Saturday September 5.

Jane Dubery is the chair of the resident-led group.

She said, “The community came up with a set of themes that they wanted improved, and the grant scheme is how we are finding groups to bring relevant activities to our area.

“Ten awards went out in April, and now there’s another six.”

Henrietta Hippo was there to accept £5,000 on behalf of the Royal Hippodrome Theatre to kick start renovation plans.

Darren Weir, inside the costume, said, “We are delighted with this grant and we have a lot of plans for this beautiful heritage building right in the heart of Devonshire West.”

The Boho Winter event will be a street party for the community. It will be held on Friday, November 20 near to Leaf Hall.

Other grants went to an international bread-making course and a series of Divali displays.

Gaynor Sadlo, of Eastbourne Designed for All, spoke about the community toilet scheme, which has also received funding.

She said, “The aim is to enhance toilet provision in Devonshire West so people can get out and about with confidence- worries about finding a suitable toilet can make people stay at home and increase loneliness.

“This grant will employ a local person to get businesses signed up to let people use their toilets.

“It’s good for the company too as it says a lot about their positive, caring ethos.”

The Devonshire West area of Eastbourne was selected for the Big Local opportunity back in 2013 because it was thought to be a deprived area.

Residents and local organisations were asked to give their views and get involved by suggesting groups and projects which could benefit from a share of the cash.

Devonshire West was one of six areas in the south east to win cash as part of a Forgotten Communities scheme, which aims to transform areas with a slice of a £200 million budget. Residents are now currently deciding how the money is spent in the ward and grants are being announced it phases.

The area was originally chosen by the lottery because it was though to have been overlooked for investment in the past.

Areas are chosen for a range of reasons including a decline of industry to high levels of unemployment and crime, or a pressing need for new support services or activities.

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