A SIX figure grant has been secured by Ridgehill Big Local Enterprises to enhance community facilities at Stamford Park Boating Lake and Chadwick Dam.
They have been given £105,000 from Power to Change, the organisation set up to grow and support community business in England.
This money will be used to replace existing boating stock with new and increased numbers of pedalos and rowing boats ready for the season which opens on the first May Bank Holiday weekend.
During the coming year, this grant will also support them in being able to phase in additional sport activities at the lake, including ‘zorbing’.
Karen Rees-Unwin, managing director of Ridgehill Big Local Enterprises, said: “We are hugely appreciative that our funding grant from Power to Change will also enable us to offer even more activities through the purchasing of a stock of paddle sports equipment including kayaks and paddle boards.
“These activities will be available for hire to both individuals and groups during selected periods of our usual opening hours.
“All of our exciting new ventures will be detailed on our website www.ridgehill-enterprises.co.uk and Facebook page over the coming months.”
Power to Change is the independent trust that supports community businesses in England.
Community businesses are locally rooted, community-led, trade for community benefit and make life better for local people.
“The sector is worth £1.05 billion and comprises 7,800 community businesses across England who employ 33,600 people.
From pubs to libraries, shops to bakeries, swimming pools to solar farms; community businesses are creating great products and services, providing employment and training and transforming lives. Power to Change received its endowment from the National Lottery Community Fund in 2015.
Ridgehill Big Local Enterprises was also recently awarded £1,450 in grant funding from Postcode Local Trust, a grant giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
This funding is to be used to purchase equipment and educational materials to support nature activities including pond dipping and bug hunting at Chadwick Dam, for families, youth groups and schools in the local area.
Ridgehill Big Local Enterprises plan to make the activities as accessible as possible, and the creation of a platform will ensure people with disabilities are able to take part in the activities.
• Ridgehill Big Local Enterprises is looking for volunteers to work at Stamford Park Boating Lake and Chadwick Dam between May and September.