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Three north Norfolk groups scoop chunk of £1.6m Lottery jackpot

PUBLISHED: 11:34 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:34 08 December 2017

Sally King of North Norfolk Coastal Fitness running a 'mindercise' class at the Lighthouse Church, Sheringham. Picture: Sheringham Dementia Friendly Community

Sally King of North Norfolk Coastal Fitness running a 'mindercise' class at the Lighthouse Church, Sheringham. Picture: Sheringham Dementia Friendly Community

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Three north Norfolk groups have scooped themselves a chunk of a £1.6 million Norfolk jackpot on offer from the National Lottery.

St, Andrew's Church in Great Ryburgh has been given a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Picture: Ian BurtSt, Andrew's Church in Great Ryburgh has been given a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Picture: Ian Burt

Dilham Parish Council, Sheringham Dementia Friendly Community (DFC) and St Andrew’s Church in Great Ryburgh have each been awarded generous sums for community projects.

Liz Withington, Sheringham DFC secretary, said she was delighted with the £9,980.00 it had been awarded for its Memory Lanes - Living well with Dementia project.

Mrs Withington said: “We can build on what we have already started in the community and help make the whole of Sheringham dementia-friendly.

“Our aim is to encourage businesses and community groups to be dementia accessible so that people can continue to live with dementia for as long as possible in their own community.”

Sheringham DFC’s current projects include working with PCSOs to develop a leaflet for residents and visitors to the town who become disorientated, putting together a directory of everyone in the area living with dementia, and running ‘mindercise’ physical exercise and social activity groups at the Lighthouse Church on Wednesdays from 12.30pm.

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The £8,950 awarded to St Andrew’s Church will be put towards the Gas House Project, which will see a disabled-access lavatory built, and a hedge planted around a car park area near the church.

The whole project is estimated to cost around £112,000, and churchwarden Anne Prentis said she hoped they could start construction by April next year.

She said: “We really need the new toilet because the church is so active.”

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Dilham Parish Council will be using their £1,550 to install a public access defibrillator outside the village hall at the centre of the village.

The group will also provide public awareness, information and equipment user training for residents to support people in cases of emergency.

James Harcourt, England grant making director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “When you hear about projects like this you realise the incredible impact the money generated by National Lottery players is having on communities across England. It really is life changing.”

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