Heathfield wins lottery grant to upgrade IT

A MASSIVE lottery grant has enabled a village community group to upgrade its IT and presentation equipment.

The Heathfield Partnership announced this week that is has been awarded £8,000 from The Big Lottery Fund.

The bid was submitted with the help of SME Solutions based in Eastbourne and will be used to upgrade vital hard and software.

It will enable the Partnership to use modern and up-to-date equipment for its work such as taking photographs and making recordings for its popular website: www.heathfield.net., as well as prepare presentations and deal with ongoing daily work.

At present the Partnership manages to raise more than £40,000.00 in voluntary contributions and last year received an additional £125,000.00 in grants. This contribution, say members, should help make its base costs of £13,500 a year be used more efficiently.

The Heathfield Partnership is a registered charity that works for the regeneration of the parish of Heathfield and Waldron. It is chaired by County chairman Cllr Rupert Simmons.

Recent projects included improvements to the High Street and members are working to plan and deliver a new indoor swimming pool for Heathfield, helped by more than £12,000 raised by a raffle to win a car. The Fund distributes half of the National Lottery good cause money to groups throughout Britain.