Brightlingsea Cricket Club has been given £7,600 for new facilities from Tendring District Council’s Big Society Fund.

The money will go towards replacing an artificial strip and buying a bowling machine to enable wider community use, and fund plans to set up a community league.

Since the fund was started in 2011, 46 Tendring Big Society awards have been made totalling nearly £564,000. For every £1 of Big Society money awarded the district has benefited by an additional £3.50 of match or in-kind funding, meaning that it has funded projects worth over £2million.

Other organisations to benefit in the latest round of funding were:

  • Youth charity Inclusion Ventures, which gained £20,000 in gap funding while they await more than £1million in funding from other bodies to help work in Jaywick and West Clacton;
  • Tendring Scout Association,  which is to receive £15,000 towards the completion of a building which will serve 14 scout groups;
  • Parkeston Welfare Park – £10,000 to support the clearing and securing of an area of land donated by the Environment Agency to help create a wetland and wildlife park;
  • Alresford Village Hall Committee – £10,000 towards a £100,000 extension.

Alan Goggin, the council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation and Chairman of the Big Society Fund, said they are all good and worthy causes. “We are delighted to be able to support the sterling efforts of all of these organisations in their endeavours to enhance the lives of people living in their community,” he said. “All these schemes will make a big difference to so many people.”

For more details on the scheme and how it operates contact the Big Society via email bigsociety@tendringdc.gov.uk.