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Projects struggle for more funding

A CHELMSLEY Wood man has spoken of the struggle for funding that faces community projects in north Solihull.

A CHELMSLEY Wood man has spoken of the struggle for funding that faces community projects in north Solihull.

Noel Williams, chairman of the Bosworth Community Group, said that it has proven impossible to get the cash to expand.

His group was formed in 2008 and has staged a number of popular events, but now it is in need of a bigger premises.

But Noel, an ex-soldier, said that he had come up against “obstacle after obstacle” along the way.

“There’s a strong sense of community in this area, but the people here don’t have a strong voice,” he said.

“I think we need to get people working together and make sure we’re heard.”

Since starting up two years ago, the BCG has helped organise tai-chi classes, arts groups and talks.

In particular, Noel said there was a need for activities for the young people and had tried to get them involved in the group’s events.

Film director David George, who is also involved with the group, agreed that it was difficult getting funding for projects.

A few of his films - shot in and around Chelmsley Wood - will be screened at BCG’s fund raising event in November.

“I think it’s something of a poison-chalice being part of Solihull, because the people who dole out the grants assume it’s wealthy across the borough,” he said.

If you would like to get involved with the Bosworth Community Group call 0121 770 9247 or e-mail bcg.b37@hotmail.co.uk.

 

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