Support from believe housing has helped the parish council in a former mining village to celebrate Christmas.
The mid-Durham village of Kelloe has been able to mark Christmas with a large tree in the heart of the community for the first time. Funding from believe housing has allowed Kelloe Parish Council to erect and light a tree close to the war memorial on Sharon Avenue, the main road through the village.
The project received £500 from believe housing’s community funding programme to light up the village Christmas tree. The County Durham-based housing association also agreed to provide land for the tree to be installed at no expense.
Frances Christie, Community Investment Apprentice, from believe housing, said: “Kelloe hasn’t regularly had a village Christmas tree, but the parish council were keen to change that and make it a regular event. When we were approached to support the project, we were keen to help.
“Small community focussed projects like this where a small amount of support can make a big difference are exactly why we created our community funding programme.”
Wendy Drennan from Kelloe Parish Council said: “Having a Christmas tree with lights in the village helps to retain the community spirit that historically we have always had.
“This was proven by the light up ceremony being attended by more than 100 people. The Parish Council would like to thank believe housing for the grant ensuring there will be lights for years to come.”
Any community organisation, non-profit making group, charity or school is eligible to apply for funding from believe housing’s community grant programme. The application process has been kept deliberately simple and funding decisions are made monthly to ensure groups are not waiting for lengthy periods to find out if they have been successful.
Full details of the believe housing community grant programme are available here.