Lions might be more likely to bite than dragons in real life.

But hopeful applicants who faced a 'lions' den' at Windsor's Baptist Church in Victoria Street on Monday faced a much friendlier bunch of judges than people who face the Dragons' Den team in the famous TV show.

It was the idea of the Windsor Lions charity club, whose members fund raise for good causes, to invite community representatives to 'make a pitch' for a £2,000 grant.

Six groups made a pitch - three won a grant.

Among the successful applicants was Doctor Kirstin Ostle, a partner in the Dedworth Medical Centre in Vale Road and Robbie Tomlinson who works as an administrator there.

Doctor Ostle - a mother of four who lives in Old Windsor - has been a doctor for 25 years, nine of them at Dedworth.

She and her administrator Robbie Tomlinson pitched the idea of a turning a vacant room on the grounds of the medical centre into a space for community groups to use.

Doctor Ostle and Mrs Tomlinson hope it could host a range of activities - attracting regular users of the medical centre ranging from young mums to frailer older people who would not otherwise have access to a social group.

The £2,000 Lions grant will provide furniture to make the space comfortable and welcoming with tables and practical items like painting easels for art groups.

A delighted Doctor Ostle said: "We are really excited about this and are now ready to take off. We are ready to go."

The other two winning organisations were the Electric Eels swimming club, which offers a unique chance for children with Down's Syndrome to represent Britain at international swimming events.

Pauline Walker - who runs the club - explained the money would enable 18 synchronised swimmers to go to the world championships at Nova Scotia, defending the silver medal won by the club last year.

The third winning applicant was Champney Hall in Horton, after Brian and Benta Hickley appealed for funds to establish an internet connection that could be used to show village residents of all ages how to use computers, while providing a hub in cases of emergency such as recent flooding.

The judging panel consisted of Windsor Lions president Paul Maxwell, member Alastar Purchase, charity trustee Allan Davies, Ian Jones from the Cinnamon Cafe and Francis Batt from the Slough and Royal Borough Observer.