Hampshire News | Communities Prosper with Financial Boost | Andover & VillagesHampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside has announced over £60,000 of grants for 15 Hampshire-based community groups and village halls.

At his Decision Day meeting (18 September), Councillor Andrew Gibson approved Community Buildings Capital Fund grants to six community groups, totalling £43,730, and Culture and Community Activity Grants to nine organisations, amounting to £16,585.

Councillor Gibson said: “These grants will help a wide range of community organisations continue their important work in connecting people socially and educationally through music, drama and creative activities. At the same time, the funding will ensure that, to support this work, community buildings are modern, fit for purpose and financially efficient.

“The application from Grayshott Concerts shows particular potential in their drive to become financially sustainable and self-sufficient, so I wish them well in this particular endeavour.”

The awarded grants for Test Valley are:

· Andover Nepalese Community – £1,500 to support three events to celebrate and share the Nepali culture with community members, to raise its profile and support integration and cohesion.

· Andover Trees United – £1,010 towards a week of tree planting and other activities in Harmony Woods community woodland, for children and volunteers to learn about their natural environment. Local schools have supported the project by making space available on their sites for nursery beds for the saplings which will be planted this autumn.

· Barton Stacey Village Hall – £2,490 towards the replacement of rotten windows and doors with double-glazed units and some redecoration.

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