New chairs for village hall thanks to funding from councillors

Councillors have clubbed together to help replace much needed chairs at Culford Village Hall which is at the seat of a group of thriving community organisations

The seats will be used by the Culford Community Café as well as a number of organisations that meet at the Village Hall regularly.

The equipment and installation was funded through £500 Locality Budget by St Edmundsbury Borough councillor for Culford Susan Glossop; £1,000 from Suffolk County councillor Rebecca Hopfensperger locality fund and £1,563 from the parish council.

Locality funding is where councillors can use money allocated to them to support projects and community groups in their area.

The Village Hall is host to many groups who will benefit, including the Mother and Baby Group, Urban Forestry, Culford Indoor Bowls, Fullers Mill, Abbey Recorder Group, Ingham Social Club, 365 Motivate, Stagecoach and the Mead Singers.

St Edmundsbury Borough councillor Susan Glossop, who represents West Stow, Wordwell and Culford as well as Flempton, Hengrave, Ingham, Lackford and Risby, said: “It can be simple things as new chairs to replace worn out ones that make all the difference but can cost a lot for a community organisation. That is why I was delighted to join with other councillors to help use my locality budget to buy these chairs which are badly needed. The hall is a community hub used by all sections of the local community and I know the chairs will be well used.”

Suffolk County councillor Rebecca Hopfensperger, who represents the area as part of the Thingoe North Division, said: “Culford is a vibrant community and the Village Hall is well used by a number of groups who meet their regularly. I was pleased that we could all come together to help fund the seats. This is what our locality budgets are about. Listening to what is needed and helping with a small amount of funding unblocking issues to support the community.”

Tony Bate, Treasurer for the Village Hall committee, said: “Everyone who uses the village hall in Culford, from the baby sensory classes to the monthly cafe and including the many meetings held there, is delighted with the comfortable new chairs. The village hall committee would like to thank councillors Susan Glossop and Rebecca Hopfensperger for using their respective council locality budget grants to help pay for them.”

West Suffolk Councils in total makes available to communities the opportunity to access a total of £650,000 in annual funding from Councillor Locality Budget, Community Chest as well as from a wide range of regional and national grant opportunities.

In 2018/19 more than £400,000 was granted to community led projects to benefit residents in West Suffolk by the councils

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