Community fund supports Long Bennington sports pavilion project

Members of the Long Bennington Playing Field Management Committee with SKDC representatives.
Members of the Long Bennington Playing Field Management Committee with SKDC representatives.
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The pavilion at a village playing field has been greatly improved thanks to the South Kesteven Community Fund.

Long Bennington Playing Field Management Committee applied to the fund for a grant to improve the facility for the 18 sports teams that regularly use the pavilion and for people who attend village events at the site.

The improvement project included provision of better heating and changing facilities, as well as heat saving measures, such as the lagging of the pavilion’s roof space to save on energy bills and make the building warmer during the winter months.

The pavilion now has a mobile servery for food and drink to increase the private hire appeal of the venue and a small garage has been created to store mowing equipment.

Football clubs who use the site also work with the Lincolnshire FA to run training sessions for disabled and visually-impaired footballers, and three girls’ teams are among those who play home games at the playing fields.

South Kesteven District Council’s Leader and Executive Member for Growth, Coun Bob Adams, said: “This is another very worthy Community Fund allocation that will see hundreds of adults, children, sports enthusiasts and local residents benefit from a better local facility in Long Bennington.

“Lower energy bills as a result of the work and more comfortable surroundings for those who use the facilities is very good news and will have a wide community benefit.”

Committee Chairman Phil Owen welcomed the work for the benefit of villagers.

He said: “It’s part of an ongoing programme to maintain and improve our facilities for the benefit of local people and those that use the sporting facilities. We couldn’t have completed our pavilion improvement project without SKDC’s help.”

Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service administers the Community Fund on behalf of the council.

Applicants can apply for funding of between £500 and £10,000 to improve community amenities or buildings and also to support community enterprise. A maximum of 80 per cent of the total cost of projects can be applied for.

The Fund can also support community celebrations, sports events, street festivals, arts and cultural events to a value of between £200 and £5,000.

Groups or individuals can apply for grants by downloading an application form at www.lincolnshirecvs.org.uk