Grants of £20,000 are a legacy of Midhurst’s popular old Grange

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  • Trustees of the Grange Community Association are celebrating giving away £20,000 in their first year
  • The funds come from the sale of everything inside the old Grange before it was bulldozed
  • Applications are open for the latest tranche of giving
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IT is almost exactly a year since a new community grant was set up in the name of the beloved old Grange Leisure Centre at Midhurst and trustees are celebrating handing out a total of £22,450.

The latest projects to benefit in the most recent hand-out are Redford Village Hall, which is being re-roofed, and, in a more modest scheme, Midhurst Cricket Club is hoping to buy a new roller.

Grange Community Association (GCA) trustee Graham Pooley said: “It is a nice feeling to be able to support all these projects in the name of the old Grange and to be able to support such a wide variety of different projects throughout the Midhurst and Petworth area.”

Among the other projects which have benefitted in the last year have been South Pond at Midhust which is undergoing a £26,000 transformation to return it to its former glory.

The restoration project has been helped by several grants including the South Downs National Park, Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council through its Operation Watershed scheme.

Other schemes include refurbishment work at the Empire Hall in Graffham, Lodsworth Croquet Club, a major face-lift at Midhurst Methodist Hall, Petworth Cottage Museum, Easebourne Primary School and work at Heyshott’s Cobden Village Hall.

The planning stage of Rotherfield Sports Association’s new pavilion at Easebourne has also received support from the community pot.

Mr Pooley said: “This justifies all the work done in changing our objectives. It meant when the centre closed we did not have to close and we were able to carry out and distribute funds.”

A six figure sum was established with money raised from the sale of everything inside the old Grange before it was bulldozed. In addition there was the residue of profits from its 35 years as Midhurst and Petworth’s community centre.

Applications are open for more donations at www.thegrange.org.uk

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