July 24, 2015 | Brenkley News
Members of a North Newcastle village social club are flushed with pride at the installation of new gents toilets facilities that have been supported with a four-figure grant from a regional employer.
Dinnington Village Social Club has been looking to update its gents’ facilities for some time, but didn’t have all the funds required to get the job done.
But now, thanks to a £5,000 grant from Banks Mining, via its Brenkley Lane Surface Mine Community Fund, work on the gents toilets has been completed, and the Club’s management committee is now working towards getting the same work done for the ladies.
Dinnington firm E Dixon & J Thompson was awarded the contract by the Club to carry out the work.
Dinnington Village Social Club has more than 1,000 members spread across the village itself and the surrounding communities, and plays host to a wide range of community functions and events, including regular live music events, charity functions and private parties.
Stewardess Christine Dunbar says: “The Social Club is a really popular venue, and provides a very valuable community space which add to what’s on offer at our busy village hall.
“While we’ve wanted to give the toilets some attention for quite a while and have been fundraising ourselves for the project for some time, the cost of doing so was beyond our reach until Banks Mining stepped in.
“Lots of our members have been commenting on how much of a positive impact they think the improvements have made on the club as a whole, and we’re grateful to Banks for providing such a generous donation.”
Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at The Banks Group, adds: “Places like Dinnington Village Social Club hold an important place at the heart of rural communities, and provide a place where people of all ages can meet and share time together.
“We’re glad to have enabled this work to be done, especially as it was carried out by a local company, and hope the new facilities will help to attract even more people through the Social Club’s doors.”
The Banks Community Fund provides grants for community groups and voluntary organisations in the vicinity of both operational and proposed Banks Group projects, with funding decisions made independently of the planning and project development process. Anyone interested in applying for funding should contact James Eaglesham at the Banks Community Fund on 0191 378 6342.