NORTH Tawton Rugby Club recently had a special visitor drop in to discuss their application to the Community Ownership Fund, through which voluntary and community groups can bid for Government funding to acquire assets and run them for the benefit of the local community.

Local MP Mel Stride, who has supported the application was updated by Club Secretary, Sarah Quick.

North Tawton Rugby Club has applied for the funding to help deliver its Green Energy Initiative Project.

Sarah Quick said: “Our goal is for North Tawton Rugby Club to become more environmentally sustainable, and so last year we raised £25,000 to have solar panelling installed. However, once we started the project it became apparent that the club also needs a new roof.

“To meet the cost of the essential works to the roof and installation of the solar panelling, we have applied for £100,000 from the Community Ownership Fund.”

Mel Stride, MP for Central Devon and Secretary of State for Department of Work and Pensions, said: “This is a fantastic project which will be of immense benefit to the community and I continue to give it my full support.”

Sarah also discussed with Mel the club’s plans with North Tawton Town Council for installing EV charging points at the club, which are in short supply in the town and so could provide a wider community benefit.