Centre bid boost for Marshland and St George
A community group’s vision for a new hub in the heart of its village has been boosted by a St George’s Day fundraiser.
The English flag was flying proudly on Saturday as a spring fayre held in support of the Marshland St James and District Community & Sports Centre (MDCSC) campaign coincided with the saint’s day.
Around £500 was raised during the event, which will be added to more than £15,000 that villagers have already raised towards the project.
Highlights included displays by the Phoenix medieval re-enactment group and
The campaign is aiming to build a new multi-purpose sports and community facility at the village’s playing field on Smeeth Road, which is estimated will cost around £950,000.
The building would replace the existing Jubilee Hall, which officials believe only has around five years of use left, and the current sports pavilion, which the group says is “badly dilapidated and barely fit for purpose.”
The group has submitted an application to the Big Lottery Fund for a grant to cover around two-thirds of the cost.
A decision on the bid is expected in July and the group says it is confident that a successful bid will open up further funding possibilities.
As well as the money raised by residents, a further £7,500 has been secured through a grant from the Geoffrey Watling Charity.
And a decision is also expected shortly on an application for a £75,000 grant from Sport England.