ALL 10 projects shortlisted in the final of the Examiner’s Community Chest have received their money.
Sponsors Barclays put up a generous £15,000 and then groups and organisations across Huddersfield had to apply to get into the race to win the cash.
Each had to come up with a specific project and how much they needed to make it happen.
Judges then narrowed the projects down to a shortlist of 10 and Examiner readers voted for their favourite project.
The amount provided by Barclays meant every project got the cash they needed. And the top three all received more than they requested.
Barclays has a main branch in Huddersfield town centre and other branches in Milnsbridge, Fartown, Holmfirth and Skelmanthorpe, and voting slips could be dropped off in any of the branches.
Representatives from each group received their cheques from Michael Richardson, branch manager at Barclays in Huddersfield town centre.
Longwood Village Group got the most votes to become the winner and will use the £2,800 for a specific project at Longwood Mechanics’ Hall on Longwood Gate.
The cash will transform a library in a room downstairs which has been untouched for many years into a new computer room – complete with new ceiling.
It also means the hall’s CCTV and alarm system will be linked to a computer at a member’s home so it can be continually monitored.
Second place in the Community Chest was Thongsbridge Junior Cricket Club.
It has a thriving junior section with more than 120 boys and girls aged from seven to 17, but wanted to buy specialist rebound nets called Crazy catch nets and catching cradles to improve their catching skills. The £1,000 they have secured will pay for these.
Third place went to Colne, Holme and Dearne Valley Society for the Blind which needs the money to take members on a summer trip to Blackpool and for a Christmas party. They received £1,025.
Formed more than 70 years ago, the society has about 200 members from across Kirklees.
Many are elderly and have several other disabilities to cope with as well as their loss of sight.
The members are spread over a wide area and so are unable to meet socially on a regular basis.
The other seven groups to receive cash help from the Community Chest were Burton Out Of School Club in Highburton, Huddersfield Astronomical and Philosophical Society, Shepley First School, Huddersfield Otters, Huddersfield Pregnancy Crisis Centre, 15th Huddersfield (St Hilda’s) Cowcliffe Scout Group and The Nerve Centre in Half Moon Street
Barclays invests heavily in community programmes worldwide and spent more than £46m on this work in 2006 alone. For more details go to www.barclays.com/community