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By Fiona Reid
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Lotto grants joy for local groups

A RANGE of community groups in Annandale and Eskdale are celebrating lottery funding success.

Women of the World in Eastriggs got £3600 to deliver a varied programme of workshops to bring women of all ages and different experiences together.

There was £7560 for roof repairs at Eastriggs Social Club; £1500 to replace clubhouse doors at Eaglesfield and District Bowling Club; £4000 towards three benches in Gretna and Rigg commemorating

the Platinum Jubilee; and £9450 to create a fitness trail in Canonbie Playpark.

Annan Rugby Club scooped £9900 for their playpark scheme at Violetbank; and Creation Mill C.I.C received £9992 to deliver free craft workshops, including a weekly sewing group.

The sum of £3700 covers the costs for the Royal Burgh of Annan Community Council of hosting the beacon lighting event for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

In addition, there was a £5050 grant for The Southern Uplands Partnership to deliver a free one-day nature festival and four-week programme of creative activity with local primary school pupils.

And the biggest award is for £193,881 to the Dumfries and Galloway Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Plus Group. They will will use funding to continue to deliver and develop their activities across Dumfries and Galloway for LGBT+ adults and their families, carers to help reduce isolation, loneliness and improve health and well-being.

Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell has welcomed the lotto cash and described the grants as ‘particularly timely’ because of the current financial challenges facing individuals and organisations.

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