£135,000 grant windfall for Burnham Community Centre
are underway at Burnham-On-Sea's Community Centre this week after
it received a massive £135,000 windfall, we can reveal.
The centre in Berrow Road has been awarded a huge grant from
environmental company Viridor's Landfill Communities Fund towards
the cost of the building's much-needed modernisation.
Hindle, Chairman of Burnham and Highbridge Community Association,
which oversees the building, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Everyone
is so excited about the news. The funding is a huge boost that
will enable us to modernise the centre's facilities."
explained that in order for the grant to be handed over, the centre
needs to raise £3,813 so that it can fulfill its obligation
of raising a 10% contribution towards the overall grant.
Friends of the Community Centre have already raised £10,000
and we need a further £3,800 in order to complete our side
of the agreement," explained Mr Hindle.
said the grant will be used towards an overhaul of the centre's
toilets and kitchen, creating new disabled toilet facilities,
bringing an old room into use as a community hub, and introducing
a new meeting room.
centre is a valuable resource that's home to 60 groups attracting
more than 1,500 visitors every month. This building is the centre
of the community for many people here in Burnham."
is one of the last surviving historical buildings in the town.
Part of Burnham's history would be lost if it ever were to go."
centre dates back to 1837 and is currently used by groups whose
subject matter is as diverse as arts, crafts, exercise and faith
is also home to Burnham Model Railway Club and Burnham War Games
Society. The hall was taken over by the Community Association
in 1971 and has 60 years left on its full repair lease.
Credits Environmental Company distributes funding through the
Landfill Communities Fund. The funding is available for community
and environmental improvement projects within ten miles of an
active Viridor management landfill site. Since 1996, Viridor has
allocated over £70m to over a thousand projects across the