Local Community Benefit Fund Helps Support Village Life


A North Devon Community Benefit Fund has distributed over £30,000 since opening for applications earlier this year. The funding ensures the community receives support for projects that help to make a positive difference to the lives of local people.

Four Parish Halls were given funding from Devon Community Foundation’s Batsworthy Cross Wind Farm Community Fund including; East Worlington, Bishops Nympton, Knowstone and Rackenford and Creacombe.

Aiming to bring the community together and help reduce any social isolation felt by local residents, Bishops Nympton Parish Hall Trust were awarded funding to enhance the facilities of the Social Club and maximise the range of activities available to all the generations in the village.

Shirley Partridge Chairman of the Hall said, “After a very busy and interesting year Bishops Nympton Community Club is finally set to open. This is such an important part of community life when living in a rural area. When the village pub closed a few years ago it was a huge loss to the village. We recently held an open day and had 100 members sign up, this just shows how vital this community facility is, providing a hub for parishioners to socialise.”

Sue, who recently moved to the village and came along to the open day said, “I’m very new to the village and I think this is a great place to meet new people and integrate with village life.”

Martha Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Devon Community Foundation said, “Philanthropy continues to increase across Devon and particularly recently in North Devon. The creation of this Batsworthy Cross Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, administered by Devon Community Foundation, is of real value to the local community, supporting local voluntary groups and charities, and enabling residents to continue to build on their vibrant and thriving communities.” 

Applications are welcome at any time, if you have any questions and you can find out more about the Foundation and funding opportunities at www.devoncf.com. Or just get in touch on 01884 235887 or email grants@devoncf.com.