Lottery puts heart back into village centre
Three Cornish projects which aim to give communities a helping hand have won a slice of more than £500,000 from the Big Lottery.
Revealed today, the money is part of more than £2.5million worth of grants made by the fund's Reaching Communities programme to groups most in need across the South West.
One of the big winners is Ponsanooth Village Hall, where a cash injection of just over £346,000 will create a state-of-the-art facility for residents.
The original village hall, which served the communities of Ponsanooth and St Gluvias between Falmouth and Redruth, burned down in 2008.
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Although the insurance covered the cost of a rebuild, a Regeneration Action Group realised there was an opportunity to provide enhanced facilities for the area.
As a result of their successful application to the Big Lottery Fund, the village hall will now have extra space, a kitchen, two meeting rooms, an office, toilet and storage space. A new mezzanine floor will be added which will also offer full disabled access.
Other winners from the Big Lottery Fund in Cornwall include a £177,000 grant to Swamp Circus, based in Penryn, and £13,000 to Carnon Downs Village Hall.
Big Lottery spokesman Mark Cotton said the cash was helping Ponsanooth to "put a heart back into its centre".