Wark to benefit from Monday Club success

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A team of voluntary handymen in the village of Wark are helping to make their village a great place to live following support from the EDF Energy Renewables Green Rigg Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund and The Bellingham Fund at the Community Foundation.

A combined award of £858 has allowed the Monday Club to purchase two new strimmers to clear overgrown grassy areas by the riverside.

The Monday Club is a group of older men in the village of Wark who meet weekly to discuss how they can benefit and beautify their village with support from their local parish council. The group continues to attract new volunteers as a positive activity for older men with both physical and social benefits.  The group has been asked to speak to people in a village ten miles away who are interested in setting up their own club, and last June a representative attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of their contribution to Wark.

John Davison, Secretary of the Monday Club said:

“The Monday Club was started as a way for the local men of Wark to help tidy up the village and perform tasks outside of the responsibility of the Parish Council. We would like to thank EDF Energy Renewables and the Community Foundation for their excellent contributions in helping us to purchase two new strimmers which has allowed to us to beautify our village and make Wark a great place to live.”

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The EDF Energy Renewables Green Rigg Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund which contributed £500 to the Club, is administered by The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Linda Harrison, Asset Manager at EDF Energy Renewables said:

“Funds like the one we set up at our Green Rigg Wind Farm allow us to support local communities in the areas in which we operate.  Organisations like the Monday Club can make a real difference to the local area and that’s exactly what the fund is there to help support.  We would encourage other groups to apply for grants so that they too can benefit from the fund.”

Karen Daglish, Community Programmes Manager at the Community Foundation said:

“The Monday Club is an excellent example of a community activity that not only provides a social, recreational and physical activity for older men, but helps to create stronger communities by supporting their local Parish Council through beautification of a village. An award of £858 will purchase two new strimmers to allow the Monday Club to beautify a part of their village which is overgrown with grass as per the request of local villagers.”

For more information on funding at the Community Foundation visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply.

Posted on 09/06/2015 @ 4:36 pm
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