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Councillor John Parham's gift to table tennis club

By fsingleton  |  Posted: December 09, 2013

  • Councillor John Parham's gift to table tennis club

  • Councillor John Parham's gift to table tennis club

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A TABLE tennis group in Shepton Mallet can continue playing thanks to a donation from Shepton Mallet’s county councillor John Parham.

Shepton Mallet U3A’s table tennis group feared its days were over when the tables at Paul Street Community Centre became unavailable.

Mr Parham said: “I was approached for a grant from Somerset County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Fund by the U3A group in Shepton, I asked them what it was for and they told me that they need a new table tennis table.

“As it happened, I had a full-sized table in my garage, a remnant from when my two sons lived at home, so I had no hesitation in offering it to them, I would much rather see it being used than just sitting there gathering dust.

“The group have made a fabulous job of cleaning it up and giving the metalwork a lick of paint, it looks as good as new now and the members were clearly enjoying themselves playing on it.”

Evercreech-based haulage contractor, Nolan Badrick, transported the table, free of charge, to its new home.

Neil and Maureen Shearn, owners of Paul Street Community Centre, also donated a table to the group.

County councillors are allocated £5,000 to provide grants to worthy causes that meet the Health and Wellbeing agenda. Mr Parham said he has some funds available from this year’s allocation.

He said: “I would invite anyone looking for a grant to get in touch with me as soon as possible.”

The closing date for grants is the end of January. To apply, contact jparham@somerset.gov.uk.

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