NHDC awards grants to Baldock community groups
North Hertfordshire District Council’s (NHDC) Baldock and District Area Committee awarded grants totalling £2,265 to five local community groups at a meeting on 4 June.
Baldock Community Orchestra received £400 to purchase new equipment, including music stand banners and a digital drum pad. Funding will also be used to assist with publicity costs. Originally set up in September 2015, the Baldock Community Orchestra has 22 members aged between 13 to 70 years and gives performances at a variety of settings including festivals, community art centres and residents care homes.
Baldock Young at Heart Club received £500 to assist with room hire, publicity and entertainment costs. Previously known as the Baldock Seniors Club, this group enables elderly residents of the town to meet socially and is looking it to increase its membership and frequency of meetings from one per month to two.
Merry Go Round Under 5’s received £615 to create a fruit and vegetable garden. The grant will enable them to securely fence off the area and purchase a storage unit for gardening tools. Children will have the opportunity to grow their own fruit and vegetables which they can eat at nursery and for those who do not have an outside space at home, the opportunity to explore the natural world.
Ashwell United Reformed Church received £250 towards the upgrade of the church kitchenette. This will enable the church to open its doors to more community groups and events in the future.
Friends of Sandon School received £500 towards replacing and extending the school playground. The new playground will be suitable for use with a range of sports, provide a central area for community events in the villages and also help it to meet health and safety requirements.
Cllr Janine Paterson, Chairman of NHDC’s Baldock and District Committee said, "We are delighted to award these grants to such a wide variety of community groups that work with all ages. The grants will be instrumental in helping these groups to deliver their excellent work that benefit many North Hertfordshire residents."
To find out more about Area Committee Grants go to: www.north-herts.gov.uk/home/community/grants/area-committee-grants