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Borders pupils told 'You Can Cook!'

A project teaching children in the Borders to cook from scratch has been awarded £9,000 of Big Lottery funding.

'Food for thought' targets primary school children in the Tweeddale area and focuses on learning about food, making healthy choices and having fun.

Bosco Samtimano, who runs You Can Cook! told ITV Border that many people don't know much about food:

"We focus on the basics of cooking from scratch with each individual ingredient ... also we want to introduce the social aspect of cooking by getting family and friends together cooking, sharing and eating the meal."

Artist's impressions of developed hall

St Ninian's Hall in the Isle of Whithorn Credit: Big Lottery Fund
Artists impression of how the new hall will look Credit: Ian Duncanson

These images show what St. Ninian's Hall looks like at the moment, and how it is expected to look once the development work is completed.

These artist's impressions show the annex due to be built on to the side of the hall, providing space for a new cafe, public toilets and a retail store.

St Ninian's Hall as it stands now Credit: Big Lottery Fund
Artist's impression of what the extension will look like Credit: Ian Duncanson

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Isle of Whithorn community celebrates £1m windfall

A small community in Galloway is celebrating after securing almost £1 million from the Big Lottery Fund.

The 'Isle Futures' community charity has been awarded £940,000 to develop St. Ninian's Hall, which is owned by local residents.

Development plans include the construction of an annex to the hall, which will provide a cafe facility, a new retail outlet and new public toilets.

"This decision by the Big Lottery to award Capital Funding for the new build and Revenue Funding of £940,000, over the next 5 years for the St Ninian's Hall development project is tremendous.

"It recognises that the development will benefit the whole community, particularly older and younger people who are at risk of social isolation.

"The development of the new facilities will create much needed employment opportunities and will provide services for visitors, supporting the tourist industry - one of the most important businesses in the local area and wider region."

– Ian Duncanson, Chair, Isle Futures

Planning for the new annex has already been approved by Dumfries and Galloway Council and details can be viewed here.

Construction is due to begin in the Summer with the opening scheduled for Spring next year.

Copeland community gets Christmas Lottery boost

A community in Copeland is set to benefit from a programme run by the Big Lottery Fund designed to help residents improve their local area.

The one million pound funding boost will be provided over the next ten years and will be spent as residents decide.

"This is an excellent Christmas bonus for the people of Distington, who I am sure will come up with some impressive and impactful ideas for how best to invest this money in the community.

Distington is a unique and welcoming village, with a strong community spirit.

This investment will help ensure that work that is already taking place and be expanded on and developed and will bring together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals and groups who want to make a positive and lasting difference to Distington."

– John Bowman, Distington ward councillor

Distington gets million pound boost

Distington in north Copeland is set to benefit from the Big Local programme and receive funding of one million pounds to help residents improve their local area.

The funding will be delivered over the next ten years, along with support, training and networking opportunities to help residents make their community a better place to live.

The million pound boost comes as part of The Big Local scheme, which was launched in July 2010, and supports 150 small urban and rural communities across the country.

What a fantastic Christmas present this is for the people of Distington and Copeland more widely.

Being selected as a Big Local area will provide a massive boost for the community, and the funding will help Distington residents to make real and lasting improvements to their village."

– ouncillor Elaine Woodburn, Leader of Copeland Borough Council

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