Fakenham Community Centre hits Lottery jackpot

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The management team at Fakenham’s Community Centre are celebrating after securing a vital £15,000 Lottery grant towards an upgrade of the Oak Street facility.

The award has come from the Big Lottery Awards for All programme and will enable trustees to press ahead with an urgent upgrade to the main hall’s floor.

Janet Holdom, chairman of the centre’s trustees, said: “We’ve achieved a lot over the last couple of years, refurbishing andreviving the fortunes of the centre.

“The next priority is to resurface the main hall floor as a crucial part in the Centre’s future potential.

“We have over 15,000 visits a year and already bookings are coming in for next year.”

News of the successful bid comes after an application to North Norfolk District Council was turned down.

And trustees’ vice-chairman Richard Crook added: “The flooring is nearly 40 years old and is in bad need of repair.

“We were disappointed to have the bid to the North Norfolk District Council rejected but are very happy the National Lottery has come to the rescue.

“We have recently added Wi-Fi to the centre and are brightening it up and improving the facilities. As well as the main hall we now have two good quality meeting rooms to rent.”

A new sign has also been installed and the committee are also planning to put up a new community notice board in the building.