VILLAGERS received much-needed cash for improvements to their community centre – but only on the condition they celebrated.
Moulton Community Centre was given £6,312 from Lincolnshire County Council and £2,103 from South Holland District Council towards the refurbishment.
The county council has a programme for giving out grants and will only do so if certain criteria are met. In this case, part of the criteria was to throw a celebration afterwards as a way of commemorating it.
This took the form of a reception and coffee morning, with MP for South Holland and the Deepings John Hayes and the deputy leader of the county council Eddy Poll both attending.
The community centre is now benefiting from new boilers and wooden windows that were replaced or repaired with the money received.
Coun Poll presented a traditional plaque to the Community Association’s chairman Roger Seal to commemorate their support for the project.
Mr Seal, who was delighted with the grant, said: “It’s good to have our facilities upgraded in this way, and all based on the requirement that there would be some way of celebrating.
“These projects are just two of a number of planned improvements we have for the building. Hopefully this time next year I’ll be able to say that we have a refurbished kitchen and more double glazing, as well as maybe some others.
“We appreciate very much that the county council is committed to a programme of funding like this, especially when money is strapped like it is at the moment.
“It’s very encouraging to have their support and the support of the community.
“The celebration was a good opportunity for everyone to meet.”
Mr Seal believes the Government needs to pay more attention to rural areas.
He said: “John Hayes needs to go back to Westminster and tell them what’s happening here.”
Also in attendance was a representative from Community Lincs, whose sole purpose is to support, promote and encourage local societies like this. Mr Seal also thanked them for their support.