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Funding to help Mildenhall groups thrive after Covid-19 pandemic




Hundreds of pounds worth of funding has been granted to help community projects continue beyond the Covid-19 crisis.

West Suffolk Councillors for Mildenhall ; Richard Alecock, Andy Neal, and Ian Shipp, have all given funding of up to £280 from their locality budget to support causes around the town.

Cllr Alecock said: “There are so many great groups in Mildenhall and it is a pleasure to be able to support them in their work helping each other, especially during what has been an extremely difficult few months for us all.”

Cllr Richard Alecock, Cllr Andy Neal and Cllr Ian Shipp with the locality budget cheque for the WalknCraft group.(41727892)
Cllr Richard Alecock, Cllr Andy Neal and Cllr Ian Shipp with the locality budget cheque for the WalknCraft group.(41727892)

The councillors have provided:

- £600 for WalknCraft: A group set up to help women socialise, get exercise, and exercise,

- £600 each toward EPIC Dad, which helps families through financial hardship,

The WalknCraft walk group (41726470)
The WalknCraft walk group (41726470)

- £840 for Lunch Bunch at St John’s for a pantomime trip for 35 members which took place before the pandemic.

The three have also financially backed other projects which have been delayed or on hold due to the coronavirus.

WalknCraft has recently started meeting again in person after pandemic restrictions led to their group meeting only via Zoom.

Allison Holloway, group secretary, said: "Being able to continue like this has been so important.

"now we are great friends"

"Some of our members are isolated and for all of us it is a chance to totally immerse ourselves in some of the arts and craft challenges. It really makes such a difference and we all come away feeling so much better for it.

"We didn’t all know each other before we started, but now we are great friends, they are just absolutely lovely people.”

To find out more about the group, email: allyh1957@gmail.com or call 07882 643824.