Havering Community groups awarded more than �200,000 in grants

Community projects in Havering are set to be given a massive boost thanks to the latest grants from Veolia Havering Riverside Trust (VHRT).

The trust is set to donate more than �200,000 to a range of groups including the Rainham Cricket club and the Havering Road Methodist Church as part of its latest wave of grants.

Dough Benjafield, the chairman of VHRT said: “Once again, the trusteers and I have been unundated with funding requests from a diverse range of local projects.

“We are very pleased to be able to give substantial grants to these initiatives that aim to enhance the environment and quality of life here in Havering.”

The projects receiving the latest funds from Veolia include the Rainham War Memorial and surrounding area, which has been given �100,000 and the QE2 Playing fields in Elm Park and Hornchurch, which have been given �50,000 for improvement works.

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The trust has also awarded �50,000 to the Havering Road Methodist Church for the construction of a concourse and �24,170 for repairs to practice facilities at Rainham Cricket Club.

Havering Cllr Michael Armstrong, who is a representative on the trust said: “I’m really grateful for the amount of money that has been given to the prohects and I’m really pleased with the choice, there’s something to benefit everyone.

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“In particular, the grant for the war memorial in Rainham will allow us to have a new pedestrian area which will help open up the village centre and benefit local people, visitors and shops.”

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