Fylde Council have been visiting community groups that have benefited from the community projects fund over the last few weeks.

We recognise the valuable role that voluntary, community and faith groups play in enhancing the life of the people of Fylde, and are committed to supporting local groups and organisations across Fylde to access opportunities and secure funding to improve services and facilities in the local area.

Below, some of the groups that have recently benefitted from the scheme tell their stories.

St Annes United Reform Church Fylde Food Bank

Fylde Food Bank have recently moved to a new premises at St Annes United Reform Church. With help in the form of £300 from the community projects fund they were able to make alterations to the building and erect partition walls in order to create more organised space for food storage.

Fylde Council made a visit and got to see first-hand just how much of a difference the alterations have made. We are very pleased to see how this has helped such an important service that helps our community in Fylde.

Fylde Food Bank Trustee Christine Miller said “We are so grateful to the council for this grant and it has help us significantly. We hope to have further alterations to the premises approved in the near future to make greeting clients a more comfortable process.”

Warton Peace Garden

Warton Peace Garden received £300 from the Community Projects Fund to help with the planting. The funding has also helped towards having galvanised poppies made to represent each of the soldiers who lived in Warton and lost their lives in both WW1 and WW2. A galvanised bud will be placed to represent the youngest solider who was just 19 years old.

Sue Parkin, Trustee from registered charity The Bryning with Warton Village Hall said “We are so happy we can now provide the first outdoor war memorial people can visit as the only other one is inside the church. We are also very proud of the galvanised poppies which will represent each of the men who fell in the wars who were from Warton. We are always in need of extra helping hands so if anyone is interested in getting involved with the Bryning with Warton Village Hall, please do contact me at warton.managervh@outlook.com.”

Fylde Council visited the Peace Garden to see the progress that had been made, and how the support from the community projects fund has helped.

Freckleton Bowling Club

Freckleton Bowling Club received £2000 in March 2018 for the replacement of floodlights, which means they can now also play bowls in the evenings.

Representing Freckleton Bowling Club, John Rayton said “This has made a huge difference to the Bowling Club and we are so grateful for the grant we were given. The club is very popular locally, however we are always encouraging more people to join. We have a ‘social bowl’ from 2pm on Wednesday afternoons where everyone is invited to come down and have a go!”

If you, or someone you know would benefit from the community projects fund please visit our website for more information: https://new.fylde.gov.uk/council/fylde-community-grants/