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Councillors come together to support local club

Councillors come together to support local club

Retired people who attend a luncheon club for a hot meal and socialising will benefit from the first grant from a brand new community grant scheme from Braintree District Council.

The Braintree District Councillors' Community Grants Scheme, which launched in September 2016, allows organisations and groups to apply for funding to support local projects and initiatives that will benefit the people of Braintree District.

The first grant awarded from the scheme was given to Witham Town Luncheon Club, which meets every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Town Hall. The grant will mean that the volunteers at the club are able to purchase a new freezer, allowing them to make better use of the meals and food they are given by local supermarkets.

As part of the Community Grants Scheme, each ward councillor will have a maximum of £1,500 to give to local organisations who apply for funding. Councillors Sue Wilson, Bill Rose and Patrick Horner awarded £200 to the luncheon club.

David, Shirley, Charles who all come to the luncheon club two or three times a week said, "We come for the company and the nice, home-cooked food. We have two courses in a nice clean environment. Every member is sociable and it's always very friendly. Our chairman, our two cooks and the volunteers who serve the meals make it a really nice place to come." 

Councillor Gabrielle Spray, Chairman of Braintree District Council Grants Panel, said: "I’m delighted that our first grant has been presented to a well-deserved organisation. It’s great to know that we can provide support to projects or activities and just a relatively small sum of money can make a huge difference to improve the wellbeing of communities. We are urging residents that have projects which need a boost to funding to come forward and contact your local ward councillor.”

If your organisation is interested in applying please contact your ward councillor to discuss your project proposal. See website page for contact details

Application criteria and copies of the application forms can be viewed on the council website at