RESIDENTS will be asked to make a personal contribution towards a village hall following a grant rejection by the Lottery.
It comes after the Lottery ruled the Sandiway and Cuddington facility would not cater for enough ethnic minorities - infuriating community leaders who claim it shows the procedure is unfair and biased towards non-rural communities.
The story even reached the national Press, with the Daily Mail yesterday headlining a feature 'Villagers who aren't needy enough to be given a Lottery grant'.
'We were told that the hall would not cater for enough asylum seekers, refugees, or people from ethnic minorities,' said Denis Kidd, chairman of the village hall committee.
'We are mainly a white community. Asylum seekers are not put in a village like this and we don't have many people from ethnic minorities.
'Everyone is very upset about this. We were hoping for the grant to open up other avenues of funding but we have to go back to the drawing board.'
Circulars will be going out informing villagers of the Big Lottery Fund's decision to turn down the Sandiway And Cuddington Community Association's bid for funding.
'We will be asking if people would put something towards the project and see how we go from there,' said Mr Kidd.
Organisers had hoped for about £150,000 to be put towards the estimated £450,000 needed to replace the pavilion on Norley Road Playing Fields.