Kirkburton Parish Council dishes out thousands to village groups

More than £10K grants distributed

Thurstonland Cricket Club

Village clubs and community groups have benefited from thousands of pounds of cash handouts.

Kirkburton Parish Council has awarded more than £10,000 to groups in its patch.

The biggest beneficiary was Flockton Green Club which received £3,875 to repair its clock, which was originally installed by public subscription in honour of those from Flockton who fought and died in WW1.

Thurstonland Cricket Club also cashed in with a £2,000 grant towards the repair of the clubhouse roof while St Paul’s Church in Shepley got £3,000 for improvements to the pathway and installation of a new disabled entrance to the parish hall.

Smaller grants went to Shepley Bowling Club with £900 towards a new viewing hut, Kirkburton Pre-School got £710 towards the cost of a new boiler, Grange Moor Community Association with £100 towards the cost of the village summer fair and Shepley Scouts, £100 towards the running costs.

Clr Steve Beresford, Chairman of Kirkburton Parish Council, said: “It’s great to be able to give a hand to some of the many voluntary organisations in the Parish, which provide an important support to so many people.

“I was just sorry that the Council’s funding was not able to support all of the groups which made applications.

“But hopefully they will either be able to find the money from alternative grant streams, or will come back to the Parish Council in the next financial year when the new budget comes on-line.

I’m pleased that despite the cuts and the current economic difficulties, the Council has managed to secure all the existing grant schemes in the next Council year. ”

The grant rules for all the schemes are currently under review, but the new forms incorporating any changes to the rules, will be available from the end of April.

They will be uploaded to the Council’s website: www.kbpc.co.uk and will also be available on request to the staff and the local councillors.

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