DPFCC Mike Johnson visited Bewcastle Hub in Carlisle, to see first-hand how equipment purchased from the Property Fund is being put to good use.

The property fund re-invests money seized from criminal activity and distributes it into local projects, aimed at providing activities that help to reduce crime in communities across Cumbria.

Bewcastle Hub meets monthly at Roadhead Hall, Carlisle, and provides residents from isolated rural communities with social activities, information sharing, and opportunities to speak with their local Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Speaking about the Bewcastle Hub, DPFCC Mike Johnson said: “It was clear to see how the whole community and surrounding areas are benefitting from the Bewcastle Hub monthly meetings.

“Clubs like these would not be possible if it wasn’t for all the support and help from local people volunteering each month. Their enthusiasm and commitment are a credit to the community.

“The hub gives local people living in remote and isolated areas, a chance to feel part of something and a sense of belonging. Bringing together people and local Police from rural communities can only be a good thing.”

Treasurer of the Bewcastle Hub, James Jolly, added: “Bewcastle has a very rich farming, historical and wider heritage, worthy of preserving.  With the population being spread far and wide, it is not always easy for everyone to connect.

“The Property Fund Grant will allow the volunteers to continue to grow and improve the services the Hub offers and support the local businesses, many of which are farming rooted in the farming community.

“Importantly it will help increase the ways that we can communicate the aims of the hub to the local community, increasing our reach.

“The funding provided will also aid Bewcastle as a community to interact and communicate with groups and individuals outside the area.  We are very grateful to Susan Holliday, Mike Johnson, and everyone else who has made this funding possible.”