Derbyshire club bowled over after unveiling new storage shed following £1.3k grant
Members of a Chesterfield bowling club were all smiles after unveiling a brand new storage shed paid for following a grant from Central England Co-operative.
President of the Terminus Bowling Club Tony MacIntyre cut the ribbon at the club to celebrate the installation of the new £1,300 shed.
It will be used to store vital equipment that will allow the club to make sure the site is safe and accessible for people of all ages.
Trevor Smith, Trustee of the Terminus Bowling Club, said: “The members of the Terminus Bowling Club were delighted to have been successful in our application for a Central England Co-operative Community Dividend Award.
“It is the first funding the club has ever applied for and we never dreamed that we would be successful the first time.
“The grant has been used to erect a new secure storage unit which will be used to store chemicals and fertiliser that are used on the green and we hope to have this in place for the new 2018 season.
“As one of the oldest bowling greens in Chesterfield, the existing members are very pro-active in recruiting new members, young and old and we want to ensure that they can come and play in a safe environment.
“The generosity of the Central England Co-op will certainly help us to achieve that.”
In 2017, a total of 122 groups and organisations shared £209,000 to spend on a wide variety of projects thanks to the fund. Twenty-three groups in Derbyshire shared over £35,000 during that period.
Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are handed out every three months to a wide range of applicants.
The fund guarantees that at least one per cent of the Society’s trading profit is reinvested in local communities in a bid to help projects to thrive across its trading area of 16 counties from the Midlands to the east coast.
Martyn Cheatle, Chief Executive of Central England Co-operative, said: “The Community Dividend Fund reflects a key principle of our society, in that we reward the loyalty of our customers by investing in and supporting local communities.
“I would like to urge all of our members to get in touch and put forward a community cause close to their heart for the Community Dividend Fund scheme.”
People can apply for funding by visiting https://communities.centralengland.coop/
Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund.
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Picture caption: President of the Terminus Bowling Club Tony MacIntyre and green curator John Hadfield officially open the new storage shed purchased following a £1,300 grant from the Central England Co-operative Community Dividend Fund.
About Central England Co-operative
Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK.
It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, and property investment.
Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2018.
Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility. It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence. The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.
Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.
For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative
Rob Smyth / Heather Clapton at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140