The first tranche of community grants from Heath Big Local’s Lottery Fund has ended, but there will be another wave very shortly.
Penny Krupski, Secretary of HBL said: “We have been working very hard and are extremely pleased with the first response. In total, ten community groups in the area are receiving grants to improve and develop their services.”
The first group to receive their cheque for £700 is the Uttoxeter Indoor Bowls Club, which has been running for over twenty-five years.
Mrs Beryl Harper, of the club, said: “We are very grateful for this money as it allows us to purchase a new indoor bowls mat.
“Our current mat was in need of replacement as it is a safety hazard to our members, some of whom are elderly or disabled.
“Our club offers a place to go where you can make new friends and also undertake gentle exercise.”
Brian Tomkinson, a committee member of the club, also added: “We are a welcoming club and would like to encourage people across Uttoxeter to come and visit us and give indoor bowls a try.
“We’re open from 9:30am to 11:30am every Tuesday at Wilfred House on Carter Street.”
Indoor bowls can be taken up by most people of any age or ability, so if you’re interested, pop along to a session. The first visit is free with subsequent visit charged at £2.50 which includes refreshments.
Sue Wilkinson, HBL member, said: “Over the next few days more information will be posted on all the other groups who have benefited from funding, so watch this space.
“Also, if you’re a local group, enterprise or start-up, keep your eyes open for future sources of funding from Heath Big Local and partners.”