Cash up for grabs

The manager of the Castle Dene shopping centre in Peterlee, Barry Parnell.
The manager of the Castle Dene shopping centre in Peterlee, Barry Parnell.

SHOPPING centre bosses are giving a third community group the chance to apply for a cash boost.

The Castle Dene Shopping Centre, in Peterlee, is now accepting applications for the next round of the centre’s Community Fund.

The fund, which opened in February 2011, helps support and provided financial support to local community groups who have been struggling due to the recession or suffering from funding cuts.

Applicants could be in with a chance of winning £500 from the fund to go towards the running of their groups.

Previous winners, as reported by the Hartlepool Mail, have been the Blackhall Community Players and the Horden Residents’ Association, which applied on behalf of a youth project at the Centre Field Pavilion Cafe.

The residents’ association works with Peterlee Police, alongside housing and council services to tackle problems such as anti-social behaviour, crime, poor environment and housing.

The Board Games for Bored Kids sessions at the cafe, in Sunderland Road, attracts more than 50 young people each week and has been given the thumbs-up by Durham Constabulary’s Chief Constable Jon Stoddart.

Shopping centre manager Barry Parnell said: “We are delighted that we have been able to help our local community with much-needed funds and look forward to receiving applications again that will help others.”

Previous applicants who have been unsuccessful can reapply for the fund.

It is open to groups including sports clubs, theatre and music groups, and to clubs catering for the elderly, disabled or even a play group.

Anyone interested in applying will need to fill out a short application form explaining why they deserve the support and their intentions for the money.

Anyone wanting to apply to the fund can download an application form from or by contacting Zoe Knight at

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, February 29.