National lottery grant is boost for Springhead Community Centre

A GENEROUS grant of £9,390 has enabled much-needed improvements to be carried out at Springhead Community Centre.

The money was awarded by the National Lottery Community Fund to relay badly damaged paths and drains around the centre on Ashes Lanes.This has ensured access to the rear of the building and annexe is now safe so users can enjoy the full range of activities available there.

Delighted Barbara Beeley, chair of Springhead Community Association, said: “The grant was to relay the paths around the centre which had become uneven and hazardous in parts.

“The paths leading to the Pottery Studio and She Sheds were especially bad and concern had been expressed as visitors are unsteady on their feet.

“Happily now the paths and the drains have all been re-laid and access is safe once more.”

The popular community centre is home to numerous groups including She Sheds (ladies’ DIY group) line dancers, artists, Saddleworth Singers, play groups, table tennis, and yoga. It also hosts fundraisers and special events throughout the year.

The centre was one of 12 organisations in Oldham to receive National Lottery funding recently and one of 185 in Greater Manchester which have received more than £3million in total.

Other local projects to benefit included Oldham Pride, which was awarded £4,650 towards a festival, advice and support for the LGBTQ community.

Veg in the Park received £10,000 to install pathways and features to make access to their growing areas easier and the experience of being there safer and more comfortable.

Duncan Nicholson, Head of Funding for the North West at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “We are excited to see how this funding will be used to enable communities to thrive.”

Find out more about Springhead Community Centre online: www.springheadcommunitycentre.co.uk

To find out more about National Lottery Funding visit  www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk

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