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HONITON: Funding boost for community boxes

Thursday, 15 May 2014


More than £12,000 has been granted to Honiton Town Council to help provide new equipment for local community groups. Following the council’s successful bid, financial support will be provided from the Parishes Together Fund – a grants scheme organised by East Devon District Council and Devon County Council to reward community projects across the county. A total of £12,500 was used to buy full sets of equipment that have been put into themed boxes, available free of charge for use by community groups and schools in Honiton and the surrounding villages – including Yarcombe, Plymtree, Broadhembury, Stockland, Upottery, Awliscombe and Payhembury. The boxes available include: l Forest skills – rucksacks, guides to wildlife, secateurs, bug jars, foam mats and compasses; l Film-making and screening equipment – microphones, projectors, camcorders and laptops; l Summer and Winter activity boxes, including games and fun activities for each season; l Marquees and expedition equipment. Mayor of Honiton, Councillor David Foster, said: “We were extremely pleased to work with seven neighbouring parishes in order to provide these wonderful grab boxes. “The items available were chosen to be the most desired by the many organisations that work tirelessly to provide some form of service to the local community and it is hoped that these boxes will help them in promoting the work that they do. “As the kit is available for hire at no cost, it will be the responsibility of the organisation to look after the equipment and return all items back promptly so that other groups can also benefit from using them in the future.” A small sum of £1.10 per elector was pooled together to make money available for the scheme, and parishes could apply for funding jointly. EDDC’s contribution the fund came from the New Homes Bonus, distributed to councils for every new home built or brought back into use. East Devon District Councillor Ray Bloxham, chairman of the New Homes Bonus Panel, which decided on applications to support, said: “This exciting and innovative project was strongly supported by the panel and is a fantastic example of what can be delivered by parishes working together.” Parishes are able to bid for funding again this year and more information can be found at www. parishestogetherfund.com.

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