Norfolk projects share lottery jackpot

Laura DevlinSchools, arts and sports group and a forum for parents and carers are among 24 organisations in our region which have won a share of almost �170,000 in lottery grants.Laura Devlin

Schools, arts and sports group and a forum for parents and carers are among 24 organisations in our region which have won a share of almost �170,000 in lottery grants.

A seaside carnival, a WI group and sea scouts will also benefit from the Lottery's Awards For All programme, which gives grants of between �300 and �10,000 to grass-roots community groups and voluntary organisations.

The maximum grant has been given to Brooke and District Cricket Club, near Norwich; North Norfolk Pigeon Racing Club; the Mill School of Gymnastics, based in Northrepps, near Cromer, a Lowestoft-based environmental social enterprise called Bright Green and Renkeido Judo Kwai of Thorpe Marriott village hall, near Norwich.

And Hunstanton Carnival, which sadly did not go ahead last year, will once again parade through the town on June 28 after its newly formed organising committee was awarded �9,019.

Chairman Rita Caldicott said: 'We were determined not to let another year go by without a carnival, as it's such a wonderful way to bring people together. Traditionally, we've had a float parade, but this year will be a little different as we'll have a walking parade of as many different community groups as we can.

'The grant from Awards for All means we can run activities to make the day go with a bang, plus pay for storage so it's of long-term benefit. As well as the parade, we can now have an arena for displays of martial arts, a theatre group and a charity tug-of-war between the local pubs.'

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Catton Grove Primary, near Norwich, will use its �7,150 to provide tennis for its pupils and the wider community, while Ten Mile Bank Primary, near Downham Market, plans to transform the front of its building with a collection of clay faces made by children with the help of a resident artist and �2,056.

Sports groups to benefit include Waveney Gymnastics Club, of Lowestoft, with �9,759; Bungay-based Black Dog Judo Club, which will get �7,680; Diss and Waveney Petanque with �4,500; Gaywood Park Bowls Club, with �8,126; Trampoliners the Fenland Flyers, which meets at West Walton, near Wisbech, with �8,069, Costessey Short Mat Bowls Club, with �3,329 and �4834 to Colkirk Parish Council, near Fakenham,

Adele Broda, head coach at Fenland Flyers, said the money would help pay for new floor mats, a new trampoline and coaching for its four tutors, who instruct 85 children aged four to 17.

Family Voice Norfolk, a group of parents and family members of children with various additional needs, will get �3,100. The group was set up two years ago to give families a forum and to actively seek improvements in education, caring and health care.

Arts development agency Creative Arts East, which lost its �160,000 Arts Council funding last year, will receive �9,860 to expand its rural cinema project, while the North Norfolk of Norfolk Wildlife Trust will get �1,172.

Other groups to benefit are the 1985 (Cromer) Squadron Air Training Corps, which has �9,731; First Blofield and Brundall Sea Scout Group, with �9,964 and Friday Bridge WI, with �5,600.