All aboard for community grants

Baston village school pupils have a new library bus with the help of a grant from South Kesteven District's Council's Community Fund.

Cllr Robert Reid, SKDC Cabinet Member for Communities said he was absolutely delighted to see how the council's Community Fund grants are making such a difference right across the district.

"It means that we can bring real benefits at grass roots level to enable groups to achieve what they want to do for their communities. This amazing bus is a great example of that," he said.

A double decker bus donated to Baston Primary School by coach company Stagecoach has been transformed into bright, interesting and accessible library space by the school's Parent Teacher Association (PTA), helped by a £2,000 Community Fund grant.

The £28,500 project provides extra space to encourage children to read and allows the school to develop links with local elderly people and pre-school children in community reading projects, explained Emma Bush, Chair of the PTA.

She said: "We are extremely grateful for the grant from the council. We were restricted on space before, and now have a great new facility with bespoke bookcases, desk tops and a reading pod. We are indebted not only to Stagecoach for the bus and but also to local companies for financial donations, materials and time."

Cllr Reid attended the formal opening of the bus on 5 July along with all donors.  School head Rebecca Mills said: "When we talked about a new library, our children made it very clear that they wanted something interesting, where they would fall in love with reading.  

"We are so very lucky that this is exactly what we have got and I am grateful to everyone who has made it possible."

The latest round of community fund approvals included grants for projects in Tallington, Ropsley, Fulbeck, Edenham, Grantham's Wyndham Park and Grantham and District Bowls Club, allowing work to start. 

South Kesteven Community Fund provides grants of up to £10,000 for community initiatives and up to £5,000 for community events.  The fund is handled by the Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service www.lincolnshirecvs.org.uk/south-kesteven-community-fund/

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