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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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£42,000 Big Lottery boost for Cumbrian organisations

Five north and west Cumbrian organisations are celebrating after receiving almost £42,000.

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Elaine Edgar

The Big Lottery Fund Awards for All scheme announced it had handed out £1.37m to 155 organisations across the north west.

Among the organisations to benefit was the Wigton-based North Allerdale Development Trust Ltd.

The charity received £9,726, which will be used to support young people and help them carry out learning, volunteering and leadership opportunities in the community. The scheme aims to increase their self-confidence and esteem.

Stoneraise School was awarded £10,000, to be used to fund and install a “trim trail” in the school playground.

Their submission to the Lottery fund said: “This will provide play equipment for pupils at break, lunchtime and after-school to address issues of bad behaviour and increase physical activity among children and young people.”

The Alston-based Epiacum Roman Fort was awarded £10,000, to deliver learning groups to adults and young people in the local community.

Over 12 months, each adult will work to develop a community project. These will include heritage crafts and skills, archaeology and producing a community textile mural to depict the local landscape.

A Landscape Detectives Club for local children will also be set up, which will encourage engagement with the local area through activities including cave art, conservation, archaeology, geology, orienteering and history.

Elaine Edgar, a director of Epiacum Heritage Ltd, said: “We are very pleased to be able to build on recent work with this new project, which will focus not only on the local fort but on involving the community in celebrating the heritage and landscape in our local area.

“Our Landscape Learners project will aim to create a lasting legacy by increasing awareness of our local history and heritage, creating a community mural and by providing a context for life-long learning for all age groups.”

Other winners from the fund were Aspatria Community Centre – receiving £5,000 for a new kitchen – and Allerby Play Park Committee, which has £7,000 for new play equipment.

Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund deputy director for England, said: “It’s great to see the variety of projects funded across the North West today through Awards for All and how a little funding can go a long way.

“Awards for All grants are helping communities and people most in need.”

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