Eaton’s community project boosted by grant award

by | 18 September 2020 | Community facility, Retford

Residents of Eaton have received another boost for their efforts to raise £50,000 to create a community space in the village. With no village hall, pub or other indoor public space in the village, residents have been fundraising since 2016 to adapt All Saints Church by removing pews and adding a kitchen and toilet to create a usable and accessible community hub.
A £2,000 grant from Allchurches Trust, one of UK’s largest grant-making charities, means that villagers have now raised over £17,000 for the project. It adds to the funds raised through events such as its bi-annual Open Gardens afternoon, harvest suppers, tabletop sales and carol singing as well as individual donations. With the village fete and duck race planned for this year having to be cancelled, more creative ways of fundraising have had to be found. A recent sponsored headshave by local resident Sarah Argent-Cook raised over £1,000 for the project to add to the £700 raised by those who took part in the New Year’s Day dip in the Idle.
As a more usable community space, the church building will become a much-needed hub for village events, meetings, clubs and social activities whilst still being used for worship. Residents are aiming to raise the remaining funds for the project by the end of this year so that it will be completed next spring, helping the community to continue to flourish after this year’s challenges.
Further information about the project and how you can make a donation can be found at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/eatonallsaints. You can also look out for further fundraising events and activities at www.facebook.com/allsaintseatonandgamston.