Hampshire communities to prosper with financial boost

Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside has announced over £60,000 of grants for 15 Hampshire-based community groups and village halls

Sep 18 2017


At his Decision Day meeting (18 September), Councillor Andrew Gibson approved Community Buildings Capital Fund grants to six community groups, totalling £43,730, and Culture and Community Activity Grants to nine organisations, amounting to £16,585.

Councillor Gibson said: “These grants will help a wide range of community organisations continue their important work in connecting people socially and educationally through music, drama and creative activities. At the same time, the funding will ensure that, to support this work, community buildings are modern, fit for purpose and financially efficient.

“The application from Grayshott Concerts shows particular potential in their drive to become financially sustainable and self-sufficient, so I wish them well in this particular endeavour.”

The awarded grants listed by district are:

Basingstoke and Deane

·       Fluid Motion Theatre - £2,970 towards a weekly drama group and performance opportunities for people with learning disabilities, supporting them to build confidence and develop communication skills to access and engage with local services.


·       Eastleigh Youth and Community Trust - £6,440 towards installation of LED lighting, car park improvements and landscaping, as well as new chairs and tables and general redecoration.

·       St James’ Church Hall - £2,800 to refurbish the hall kitchen to cater for local groups of up to 60 people, and support the development of a drop-in café and weekly lunch club.

East Hampshire

·       Grayshott Concerts - £5,000 towards developments to make it financially sustainable, including installing a card payment system linked to self-service ticket sales, along with an improved marketing strategy to attract sponsorship from businesses and individuals.

·       Kingsley Organisation - £1,820 towards the delivery of two six-week IT courses, supporting vulnerable people to access services through improved digital skills.

·       Petersfield Musical Festival - £1,000 towards a Music Festival in March 2018 which will include choral and classical concerts, two youth concerts, a family concert, lunchtime lecture-recitals and a composition competition. Local musicians will also work with professionals.


·      The Friends of Leesland Park - £535 towards ParkFest 17, a community event including music, creative activity and children’s entertainment in an area of high community need to promote local amenities and improve access to services and support.


·         Crondall Village Hall - £25,000 towards a side extension including modernising the kitchen, increasing storage and office space, installing double glazing and upgrades to heating and lighting.

New Forest

·        Avon Valley Concerts - £1,250 towards the delivery of six chamber music concerts between October 2017 and March 2018 to local audiences who have limited access due to travel or financial barriers.

Test Valley

·         Andover Nepalese Community - £1,500 to support three events to celebrate and share the Nepali culture with community members, to raise its profile and support integration and cohesion.

·         Andover Trees United - £1,010 towards a week of tree planting and other activities in Harmony Woods community woodland, for children and volunteers to learn about their natural environment. Local schools have supported the project by making space available on their sites for nursery beds for the saplings which will be planted this autumn.

·        Barton Stacey Village Hall - £2,490 towards the replacement of rotten windows and doors with double-glazed units and some redecoration.


·       Bighton Village Hall - £5,000 towards the repair and improvement of drainage to cope with run-off from a neighbouring car park. Flood water currently seeps under the hall through air bricks and risks causing significant and costly damage to flooring.

·       Carroll Centre - £1,500 funding towards family activities over the October half term holiday, including healthy eating, physical and creative activities.

·       South Wonston Village Hall - £2,000 towards the replacement of a boiler which is old, unreliable and increasingly difficult to fix.

 Further details on the grants funded can be found in the report to the Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside Decision Day.