Councillors’ Community Grant scheme reaches milestone 100th grant

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Black Notley Community Association Table Tennis Club has become the 100th group to benefit from the Braintree District Councillors’ Community Grant Scheme.

£1,500 was pooled together by Councillors Graham Butland, Tom Cunningham and Frankie Ricci to contribute towards the costs of replacement equipment for the club including new tables for their 45 members who range in ages from 6-82 years.

The grant scheme, launched in August last year, has invested over £85,000 so far to help revitalize and support local voluntary and community organisations. 

Steve Baines, Chairman of BNCA Table Tennis Club, said: “The club is very grateful for the generous grant that has enabled us to replace several of our worn tennis tables, nets and other equipment that will benefit our members. As one of the largest table tennis clubs in the area, we have members from all walks of life and all age ranges – from young children just starting to learn the game through our coaching sessions, leisure members who just like to play for fun and on to our competitive teams that play in the Braintree and District League. We would like to express our thanks to the Councillors concerned for their kind support.”

Councillor Frankie Ricci, Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Communities and Ward Councillor for Great Notley & Black Notley, said: “I’m happy that part of my grant budget is helping towards purchasing new equipment that will improve the wellbeing of the club members.”

Councillor Tom Cunningham, Ward Councillor for Great Notley & Black Notley said: “I am so pleased this scheme was introduced so we can contribute towards making a difference to local groups which will provide long-lasting benefits to them and the community.”

Councillor Graham Butland, Leader of Braintree District Council and Ward Councillor for Great Notley & Black Notley said: “I'm delighted the grant scheme has been widely used by groups and clubs across the district since it launched last year. This way Councillors can provide support to local projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent. I would urge residents that have projects which need a boost to funding to come forward and contact your local ward councillor.”

The club meet in Black Notley Community Association, Recreation Hall, John Ray Gardens, Black Notley, CM77 8NE on Tuesday & Thursday evenings and Sundays. They welcome anyone to come along and have a go at the sport.

Is your organisation interested in applying for some funding? Contact your ward Councillor today to discuss your project proposal: www.braintree.gov.uk/councillors