Five Sheffield community groups share grants

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Five Sheffield community groups are sharing grants worth more than £150,000 thanks to awards from the Veolia Environment Trust.

Sheffield Wildlife Trust is to receive £23,670 towards improving access to the Crabtree Ponds Nature Reserve at Burngreave.

A fence will also be installed to reduce the fly-tipping and vandalism that affects the site, home to a wide range of plant, bird and animal species.

A grant of £20,290 has also been awarded to Hillsborough Arena Sports Association Ltd to install a new heating system in the main building on Middlewood Road.

It houses a main hall, a conference room, a café, a bar, a community room and changing rooms.

A grant of £60,000 has been awarded to Christ Church, Pitsmoor, towards the improvement of its community hall on Nottingham Street. The work will upgrade the power supply, improve toilets and modernise the kitchen.

The hall is a venue for events and activities, including a weekly toddler group, a lunch club, birthday parties, an African congregation and a youth club. Part of it is also used as a shelter and resource centre for homeless asylum seekers, run in cooperation with Sheffield-based charity ASSIST. It opens for 240 nights a year and has room for an average of eight guests each evening.

A grant of £48,000 will go to Sheffield Countryside Conservation Trust for an 18-month project to establish a wildflower corridor along the Waterthorpe and Ochre Dyke, from Thorpe Green to Beighton High Street.

It will connect the established ancient meadow at Crystal Peaks and extend to the River Rother.

And North Anston Methodist Church has been awarded a grant of £1,780 to lay insulation in its building on Main Street.