Grants Will Make A Huge Difference To The Local Area - The Directory Group

Grants will make a huge difference to the local area

Grants are to benefit villagers from across the Meon Valley and Petersfield area totalling more than £170,000.

The news comes as Hampshire County Council wish to support important improvements which are needed to buildings in the area, such as church halls and community centres.

Many of the locations accommodate groups benefiting a wide range of people across the area.

Around £10,000 has been awarded to West Meon Village Hall to help towards their kitchen refurbishment costs, as well as new electrics.

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company has recently received £1,000 to support with costs of their latest production, which will tour Hambledon, Droxford, Selborne, Ropley, Sheet and other areas later this year.

Andrew Gibson, Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside at the county council, said contributions from the grants will make a difference.

He said: “These groups provide opportunities for people to participate in, and enjoy, a range of community focused cultural and recreational activities.

“They also ensure that those who may be at risk of social isolation are integrated into inclusive events at the heart of their communities.

“Our investment supports the wider economic, cultural and social wellbeing of all Hampshire residents through the work delivered by village halls and community associations.”

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, and Meon Valley