Co-op pays out for Christmas

Youngsters and volunteer leaders at Long Sutton Youth Club, The Market House, Long Sutton.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Youngsters and volunteer leaders at Long Sutton Youth Club, The Market House, Long Sutton. Photo by Tim Wilson.

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Christmas has been kind to community groups in South Holland that are benefiting from a £4,000 cash boost from Lincolnshire Co-operative.

The society has crowned seven Co-op Community Champions in the area with cash awards of between £340 and £855.

Long Sutton Youth Club and the Friends of Lutton School are to get the biggest payouts of almost £855 each towards creative arts equipment and an outside learning area respectively.

Pauline Dickinson, vice chairman of the Long Sutton Community Plan steering committee, said: “Forming a youth club was part of the community plan so we’re delighted that Lincolnshire Co-op has seen the value of it in Long Sutton.

“The volunteer team, led by Charlotte Whatling and Debbie Stevens, are doing a wonderful job for the young people of Long Sutton and anyone who goes to the youth club will be pleasantly surprised because it’s so full of energy.”

Sutton Bridge Youth Club is getting more than £540 towards a mobile climbing wall and Sing South Holland Community Choir has been given just over £560 towards the cost of hiring St Thomas’s Methodist Church where rehearsals are held twice a month.

Treasurer Beverley Mackey said: “It gives us an opportunity to keep the choir together, keep things at a reasonable cost for our members and keep it running.”

Donington in Bloom and Home-Start South Holland are getting more than £340 each towards plants and equipment, confidential family support and weekly home-visiting service respectively.

Lincolnshire Co-op is also giving almost £380 to the Crowland Show Committee for next year’s event and secretary Helen Turpin said: “It’s great news and we’re really pleased.”