THOUSANDS of pounds have been given to save a community base from disrepair.

The Government has announced that funding of £1.6million will help to level up parts of the East of England.

Featured on the list of projects to receive funding is the Great Braxted Parish Council for the pavilion restoration and energy-saving initiative.

A total of £69,192 will go towards the works to restore the pavilion in Tiptree Road.

Plans include improving the building's energy efficiency to secure a long-term future for the range of community clubs that use the venue.

The funding is set to save more than 70 treasured buildings across the UK to protect important community spaces.

Secretary of State for Levelling Up Michael Gove said: “Investing in communities improves lives – whether that’s rebuilding a community centre, rescuing historic pubs and theatres or upgrading sports facilities used by families every day.

“These are unique and cherished places, valued by local people of all ages, and we know how much they mean to communities.

“The Community Ownership Fund is about restoring pride in the places people call home and I’m delighted to be funding these projects.”

The next funding window of the Community Ownership Fund is now open for bids and will close on January 31. Projects are being urged to apply for up to £2 million.

More details on applying for the next Community Ownership Fund can be found at