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Ingatestone and Fryerning Community Centre serves up refreshments thanks to a grant
07 November 2014

Ingatestone and Fryerning Community Association in Essex secured a £6,117 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). 


The community centre has been at the heart of the Ingatestone community for many years and is frequently used by a multitude of groups and individuals for classes, training sessions and events.  The kitchen bar area was being used less and less because the counters and shelving were too high and badly placed, the old sink was shabby, and the tap did not work properly.  The conversion project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Building theme, altered the bar area beyond recognition and brought it up to date for everyday use.


Now the project works on the kitchen bar have been completed, the committee can turn its attention to the hall itself, it is hoped that the interior will be redecorated and new lighting and flooring will be installed.


Lee Stevens, Centre Manager, Ingatestone and Fryerning Community Association, said:


Ingatestone and Fryerning Community Association was delighted to received the Biffa Award funding to enable us to refurbish the small bar area in our hall.  The facilities have been deteriorating for many years and fell short of the quality that we aim to provide for the community.” 


Jacky Craythorne, Involved in our junior user group (Young Expressions) said:


“We are really delighted with the new tea bar; it will be so useful on so many occasions.”


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


“This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve spaces for the benefit of the local community.  For more than 16 years community buildings facilities across the UK have benefited from the scheme and the organisations that award grants through the fund look forward to supporting more in the future.”