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.
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".