City Council supports rural communities across the Winchester district

Press Release: 19/11/2014

Winchester City Council has demonstrated its support for residents living in rural areas with its latest round of grants for community organisations.

The Warren Hall in Micheldever Station is set to undergo a major transformation costing nearly £500,000, thanks to some imaginative thinking and dynamic fundraising activity.
It has been helped towards its final target with a contribution of £15,000 from the City Council’s project grants programme.

The rebuilt hall will serve as a community hub for the growing local population, providing improved facilities for existing local groups and activities and changing facilities local sports teams, practice rooms for local bands and on line facilities for homeworkers and 'silver surfers’, whilst also accommodating health-related outreach clinics and ‘wrap-around’ childcare.

Felicity Botham of Micheldever Station Community and Recreation Hall Development Committee said:

This extra boost from Winchester City Council has made the difference between having to cut back our aims to accommodate our shortfall and achieving our vision for the Community hub. It will help us put in much-needed services for this fast-growing community.

Denmead has also benefited from the grants programme, with £1,290 allocated to the bowling club to encourage the younger generation to take up the sport. A further £3,600 contribution goes to the Fox and Hounds public house, which recently became a community co-operative and is keen to fit solar panels to improve efficiency and reduce running costs.

South Wonston Table Tennis Club, Shawford Conservation Volunteers and The Meon Hall in Meonstoke will also receive grants, totalling £5,690.

Winchester City Councillors are always mindful of the fact that they serve one of the largest districts in Hampshire, with around two-thirds of the population living outside the city of Winchester.

Cllr Mike Southgate, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Transport, said:

Our project grants programme is always popular, and I am delighted that we have been able to support rural communities right across the Winchester District by making money available to improve some very valuable facilities. The commitment and vision shown by these projects is inspirational and exciting.