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Matt Bryan

MP welcomes vital cash boost to help community group through cost of living crisis

A Lanarkshire community group has scooped a vital cash boost which will help them through a challenging period ahead.

Biggar and District Men’s Shed secured an award of £5700 from the National Lottery’s Community Fund - a sum which will be of huge support to the local facility during the cost-of-living crisis.

Since moving into its new permanent location at the former Walston Primary School in Elsrickle at the end of 2021, the Men’s Shed has become a focal point for local men who want to connect with others, enjoy their company and undertake purposeful activity.

The news of the award has been welcomed by Clydesdale MP David Mundell, who is scheduled to visit the Biggar and District Men’s Shed next month to be updated on its activities.

He has told of the benefits the cash will bring to the local group, in particular towards its rising energy costs.

Mr Mundell told Lanarkshire Live : “This £5700 award from the National Lottery is fantastic news and I know it will go a long way towards helping the Shed remain sustainable over the coming months as energy costs in particular rise.

“The popularity of the Shed, in its previous homes in the Gillespie Centre, then in Symington, and now in Elsrickle, is obvious from the number of local men making regular use of its facilities.

"And as the cost-of-living crisis continues through the winter months, it seems a reasonable conclusion that the desire of many local men to make use of its facilities and to find companionship amongst its membership will only increase.

“I’m looking forward to visiting the Shed next month and to learning more about their current projects and plans for the future.”

Earlier this year, Biggar and District Men's Shed was one of a number of local community groups to receive vital cash boosts thanks to funding from the Clyde Wind Farm.

Due to this they were able to upgrade windows and fire doors at their premises.

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