Grants for groups from fes­ti­val

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

AIR cadets were among the com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to pick up grants from this year’s Bolling­ton Beer Fes­ti­val.

The young­sters from 236 Bolling­ton Squadron Air Cadets at­tended the Bolling­ton Beer Fes­ti­val com­mu­nity grant awards pre­sen­ta­tion at The Vale Inn in Bolling­ton.

The awards are made to a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions from money raised at the beer fes­ti­val, which at­tracts hun­dreds of ale fans over a week­end in the sum­mer.

The squadron re­ceived a grant of £439, which it will use for com­puter equip­ment.

The chair­man of the squadron’s Civil­ian Wel­fare Com­mit­tee, Fiona Mayne, cadet sergeant Toby Mayne and cadet sergeant Georgia Mer­rill re­ceived the cheque from Roland Ed­wards of the Bolling­ton Beer Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee.

Nicky Love­day, hon­orary pres­i­dent of the squadron, said: “The squadron was de­lighted to re­ceive a very gen­er­ous grant of £439.96 en­abling us to pur­chase two new lap­tops and soft­ware to sup­port the on­line learn­ing and ex­ams for the air cadets.

“Thank you so much to the Bolling­ton Beer Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee and ev­ery­one who came along to the beer fes­ti­val and helped raise so much money for lo­cal causes – this will make a real dif­fer­ence to our amaz­ing air cadets.”

Ale fans drank nearly 4,000 pints at this year’s Bolling­ton Beer Fes­ti­val, a two-day event with live mu­sic and food which took place at Bolling­ton Arts Cen­tre.

The fes­ti­val makes grants to com­mu­nity groups and char­i­ties in and around Bolling­ton.

It makes its de­ci­sion based on grant ap­pli­ca­tions which are sub­mit­ted from the var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions, which must show a clear com­mu­nity ben­e­fit.

Lee Wain­wright from Bolling­ton Brew­ing Com­pany is one of the spon­sors. He runs the brew­ery and The Vale Inn with wife Kirsten.

Lee said: “The beer fes­ti­val is a great so­cial event and a way of help­ing groups in Bolling­ton which may not be able to get fund­ing in other ways.

“It’s a great way of help­ing peo­ple in Bolling­ton.”

●● 236 Bolling­ton Squadron Air Cadets re­ceiv­ing their Bolling­ton Beer Fes­ti­val com­mu­nity grant at The Vale Inn in Bolling­ton

●● Bolling­ton Town Mayor, Coun­cil­lor An­gela Wil­liams, buys the first poppy in this year’s ap­peal from Poppy Ap­peal or­gan­iser Anne Cave

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