Potters Bar’s inaugural celebration of the Hindu festival of colour, weekly activity sessions for people living with dementia and life-saving equipment for a village hall are among the initiatives to benefit from receiving £1,500 of funding by local councillors.
Hertsmere Borough Councillor Abhishek Sachdev has awarded £500 from the council’s Ward Improvement Initiative Scheme (WIIS) to Potters Bar Indians to help towards the costs of staging a Holi celebration in the town.
The event, due to take place at the beginning of March, will be the first one of its kind in Potters Bar and follows on from previous Diwali celebrations organised by the group.
Councillors Martin Worster, Jean Heywood, Cynthia Barker and Ruth Lyon have used the scheme to provide £500 for Herts Mind Network. The funding will be used to help fund two-hour activity sessions for people living with dementia and Alzhiemer’s.
Councillor Peter Wayne has given £500 of his WIIS allocation to South Mimms Parish Council towards the cost of a defibrillator for the village hall.
Cllr Sachdev said: “I’m delighted I’ve been able to support Potters Bar’s first Holi celebration in this way. Holi is a fun, colourful festival that everyone, no matter their age or ability can enjoy.
“By bringing this important event in the Hindu calendar to our corner of Hertfordshire, I hope it will help encourage greater community cohesion and foster even stronger links between all sections of the town’s population.”