A COMMUNITY musical variety show has taken centre stage thanks to a Test Valley Borough Council community grant of £250.

Organised by Anton Rotary Club, the event at St Mary’s Church, aimed to boost mental wellbeing for residents.

It also offered audience members the opportunity to feel part of something worthwhile with all profits going to help patients at the Countess of Brecknock Hospice.

Andover Advertiser: Members of the club and Cllr Anderson with the cheque

Cllr Iris Andersen said: I, along with the other ward councillors Jan Budzynski and Debbie Cattell, was delighted to help with the costs of this fantastic fundraising event.

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"Our younger and older generation have really got talent when it comes to singing and all the people that sang in the choir at St Mary’s Church were beautiful to hear.

"As well as showcasing the stars of the show, the team was also able to thank all their sponsors in the programme, making it a valuable addition to the evening.”

The councillor grant was used to cover printing costs for the fundraising event, which were minimised by combining the tickets and programmes for the night.

The community grant scheme exists to support people in establishing their own priorities and to deliver solutions to issues. It also aims to encourage community-led initiatives, supported by borough councillors who can play an active part in helping communities deliver their ambitions.

Not-for-profit, charitable community groups and organisations can apply to the scheme for a grant up to two-thirds of the cost of its project or activity, up to a maximum of £1,000.

For more information on council grants visit testvalley.gov.uk/councillorcommunitygrantscheme.