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£5.7m National Lottery boost to bring Scots together

Monday April 16th, 2018

National Lottery funding is empowering people to deliver the change they want to see in their communities, thanks to £5.7 million awarded to 24 groups across Scotland recently (Friday 13 April).BIGlotteryfund

A total of £5,728,140 of life-changing funding has been announced by the Big Lottery Fund to help bring local people together and develop happier, stronger relationships with each other.

Among the groups that received funding recently was People United for Banton (PUB) who have been awarded £738,149 to renovate the local pub, the Swan Inn in Banton, near Kilsyth, into a new community hub. This major redevelopment project will increase the services available in the community, tackle isolation and loneliness particularly among older people, and boost economic development whilst making the area more attractive to potential visitors and locals alike.

Welcoming their award, Catherine Moneypenny, Secretary of People United for Banton, said: “Almost two years ago the people of Banton feared losing our only pub, one of our last amenities. Now we are buying it. Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund we are set to transform it into the community hub we all want and need.

“In its new incarnation the Swan Inn will house a gorgeous cafe, restaurant, and shop as well as a traditional pub. Banton will enjoy fantastic facilities and have a fabulous place to welcome visitors to our beautiful village. The whole village has come together to make this happen, and our confidence in our community and our future has skyrocketed.”

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