Birchwood Councillor Eddie Strengiel gives more than £4,000 to good causes in Lincoln
Lincoln Birchwood county councillor Eddie Strengiel has donated more than £4,000 to good causes – including football teams, a concert band, supported housing and a junior school – from the Councillor Big Society Fund.
Sheltered housing complex Broomhill and Sorrel Court Centre has received, £775 for a new bingo machine and monitors, Birchwood Junior School has been given £125 for equipment, including books, and Fortuna School, a special school for primary-aged children has been awarded £300 for the children's garden, including seeds, plants, compost and tools.
Birchwood Colts JFC – junior football teams for players aged six to 16, received £500 for new kit and trophies, and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Concert Band have £300 for a new bass drum.
Cllr Strengiel said: "I'm delighted to be able to support such a range of groups, which demonstrate what an active, vibrant community we have in Birchwood.
"So many volunteers and organisations are making a huge difference in their area, and these grants help by covering running costs or purchasing much-needed equipment."
Other groups to receive awards are St Luke's Mother and Toddler Group (£200 for new toys to replace old and broken ones), Life Church Birchwood ( £300 for equipment and supplies for youth education services), St Luke's Community Larder (£500 for operational costs and food supplies, S & D Events (£200 for running community events at The Boiler House), Young Parents Group, based at Birchwood Children's Centre (£300 grant for a trip to Sundown Adventureland, giving the families the chance to enjoy a special day out together), and £500 for Action for Birchwood Children towards running costs.
The Councillor Big Society Fund was created following a self-imposed freeze in county councillors' allowances.