Posted: 20 November 2017
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Grant helps watersports club expand
Grant helps watersports club expand

A community watersports club in Devon is expanding, thanks to a grant from National Grid.

The Weir Quay Community Watersports Hub Club.

“We’re hugely grateful to National Grid for their positive decision”

Graham Reed, Company Secretary for the Hub Club.

A new boat shed will soon be taking shape at the Weir Quay Community Watersports Hub Club in Bere Alston, near Plymouth – new facilities made possible by the National Grid Community Grant Programme.

The club received £20,000 – the maximum grant under the scheme – toward its new dinghy and gig park site and boat shed, which it will use to store equipment.

Graham Reed, Company Secretary for the Hub Club, said the improvements “will make a real difference” for residents and visitors using the watersports facilities at Weir Quay. “We’re hugely grateful to National Grid for their positive decision.”

Our Community Grant Programme is designed to support community organisations and charities in areas where our work affects local people. Weir Quay, the base of the Community Watersports Hub Club, is adjacent to a pylon undergoing refurbishment as part of essential works on the overhead line between Landulph and Exeter.

At the heart of our work is a line of pylons built in the 1960s. Their refurbishment, at a cost of £50million, will keep power flowing in the South West and beyond for decades. A similar £30 million project in 2016 focused on overhead lines between Indian Queens and Landulph.

Project Engineer, Robbie Griggs said: “Local landmarks like the Hub Club are a great cause. We’re happy to be able to give back to the community while we work in the area”.

As a recent winner of the Responsible Business of the Year Award, we work at being a good neighbour and minimising the disruption our engineers’ work can cause in the community.

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