Groups scoop lottery cash

COMMUNITY groups in Northumberland have claimed a share of lottery cash.

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded grants totalling £177,505 to 23 projects across the region under the Awards for All programme.

Beneficiaries include Widdrington Station Allotment Society, which received £8,696 to pay for fencing, and Middleton and Todridge Village Hall, which was given £1,750 to buy new chairs.

Hadston House Youth and Community Projects received £9,800 to establish youth drop-in sessions, offering healthy living activities, advice, guidance, recreational provision and social excursions.

l A FINAL call has gone out for nominations for this year’s National Lottery Awards.

The awards are open to any organisations which have received lottery funding, and as more than £5.5million of grants have been distributed in Northumberland in the last year, there should be no shortage of potential entrants.

Finalists will receive national recognition for their work at a star-studded event broadcast on BBC One, as well as have the opportunity to win a £2,000 cash prize.

There are seven categories: Arts, education, environment, health, heritage, sport and voluntary/charity.

Nominations must be submitted by Monday.

For more information visit www.nationallotteryawards.org.uk or call 0207 2932128.