A man from Cornwall has won a million pounds on a National Lottery scratchcard. The man, who is yet to be named, works as a gardener in St Austell. He will receive his prize at the Eden Project later today.
A village library in Dorset will soon be transformed into a vibrant community hub thanks to a £50,000 lottery award.
The volunteer-led Charmouth Central Community Library and Internet Cafe project will take over the running of the library from the local council.
They will then develop and expand the building into a multi-purpose community venue.
The project is one of eight to receive a share of about £343,000 across the South West thanks to The Big Lottery Fund's (Big) Village SOS scheme. In England, 35 projects have shared more than £1.4 million.
Being able to have an extension will allow volunteers to do much more than just keeping library services going. With Dorset County Council's help, we certainly intend to do that but we'll have so much more space that we can also have a comfortable internet cafe and a retail area for locally-produced goods.
– Hazel Robinson, chair of Friends of Charmouth Library
Other awards went to St Mellion Mobile Shop in Cornwall, which received about £50,000 and the Fresh Food Bus Mobile Village Shop in Wootton Fitzpaine, West Dorset £35,780.
These fantastic projects show what can be achieved when a community pulls together towards a single goal. With the rural way of life under threat from various factors, Village SOS has provided vital support for all sorts of community-run social enterprises.
– Mark Cotton, Big's head of the South West region