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North Herts Council supports groups with community grants

North Herts Council's Hitchin and Southern Rural Forum recently recommended grants to two deserving organisations*, reaffirming the council's commitment to community welfare.

North Herts College was awarded £1,050 by the Hitchin Area Forum to organise 'The Big Draw,' a community event scheduled for 29 October. Designed to foster creativity and community engagement, the event will offer a range of artistic activities for local families and members of the public. Building on the success of their previous event in 2023, which attracted over 200 participants, North Herts College aims to create another enriching experience for the community.

Melissa Caneppele, Community and Engagement Executive at North Herts College said: “We are thrilled to be awarded this community grant in order to make our Big Draw Festival event even better this year. We look forward to opening the doors of our Hitchin Campus to the public again for lots of free creative activities at this year's event.”

The council’s Southern Rural Area Forum endorsed a funding recommendation for £2,538 to St Paul’s Walden Nursery towards the cost of replacing the classroom flooring. The nursery is a vital community asset in the parish of St Paul's Walden, providing a nurturing environment to support the learning, development and wellbeing of 2-5 year olds in Whitwell and the surrounding area.

Jade Watkins, Nursery Manager at St Paul’s Walden Nursery, said: “We are very pleased to have the support of the forum to allow us to continue to provide a safe and nurturing space by giving the flooring a much-needed revamp. This will ensure the children can continue to thrive and achieve the best outcomes.”

Jeanette Thompson, Service Director - Legal and Community at North Herts Council, said: “We’re pleased to support these organisations that are making a positive impact in Hitchin and our rural communities. These grants reflect our commitment to fostering vibrant and supportive communities.”

More information on community grants

*subject to completion of the necessary formalities

North Herts College

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