Two groups reap council cash boosts

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A SUPPORT group and a bowls club will benefit from an injection of cash from Daventry District Council.

The £1,750 in grants comes from a hike in council tax charged to owners of second homes in the district.

Daventry Fibromyalgia Support Group has been awarded £1,000 in start-up funding to support and raise awareness to carers and families to the local community who have been affected by fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a common long-term condition which can cause chronic muscular pain that can have a major impact on people’s quality of life. The group also welcomes people with ME and chronic fatigue.

The Daventry support group was launched earlier this year by Shirley Thomson, 48, from Daventry, who herself was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in January.

She said: “The money is very welcome. It’ll help secure our rent, pay for computing equipment for keeping minutes, and displaying the latest information at meetings”.

The group’s next meeting is on December 12 at the Ashby Road Community Centre starting at 7pm.

Guilsborough Bowls Club has also been awarded £750 of funding to make repairs to its bowling green and bring it back to its proper condition for members.

The cash has come from a cut made to the council tax discount on second homes. Previously their owners only paid half of the normal council tax rate on the property, and now they are charged 90 per cent of it.

Ian Vincent, chief executive at Daventry District Council, said: “The second homes fund is designed to help community initiatives and clubs like these, and I hope their users will reap the benefits of the scheme.”

Any organisations that want more information about the second homes fund can contact Katie Arnold at Daventry District Council on 01327 871100.