Grant joy totalling £300,000 for schemes in Aylsham, Sheringham, Holt, Northrepps, Roughton, and Scottow.

Chairman of Aylsham Recreation Ground Gerry Grimes and committee member Heather Morton at the pavili

Chairman of Aylsham Recreation Ground Gerry Grimes and committee member Heather Morton at the pavilion which has won a £100,000 refurbishment grant..PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Six community ventures in north Norfolk have been given a boost after winning grants totalling nearly £300,000.

They are part of a almost £2m handout from Norfolk County Council through its community construction fund.

In the northern part of the county the successes ranged from a £100,000 grant to help refurbish Aylsham's recreation ground pavilion to £14,000 to build a disabled toilet extension to Northrepps village hall.

The other beneficiaries are Sheringham Little Theatre (£66,000 for a revamp of its foyer and coffee bar), North Walsham Rugby Club (£44,034 to complete the Scottow clubhouse refurbishment), Holt Community Centre (£39,362 for a toilets refurbishment), and Roughton Mill (£35,000 to improve the Scout headquarters).

County council leader Bill Borrett said: 'These projects will not only help to improve the quality of life for thousands of Norfolk people, but also give a welcome boost to those working in our construction industry.

'This innovative fund allows communities to get on with their own projects and priorities and support both short and medium-term economic growth in Norfolk, as well as many local businesses.

'This sort of investment can make a real difference to local life and I hope that the successful communities will greatly benefit from using the new facilities in the near future.'

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Money from the Community Construction Fund comes from a planned, one-off underspend by the county council, and a total of £2.169m was available in this round of funding.

More information about the next round of funding will be available on

? To see full details of the schemes buy next Thursday's North Norfolk News.