Com­mu­nity groups thrown £6k ‘life­line’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

COM­MU­NITY and vol­un­tary groups serv­ing the town have been awarded more than £6,000 in the lat­est round of coun­cil grants.

In the first set of pay­ments in the new mu­nic­i­pal year, Cheshire East Coun­cil ap­proved the fol­low­ing:

East Cheshire Sub Aqua Club, based in Lower Bank Street, Mac­cles­field, were given £2,500 to­wards the £8,000 they need to re­fur­bish the kitchen in their club house to sup­port com­mu­nity events.

The grant was al­lowed af­ter coun­cil en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cers vis­ited and ruled the kitchen is no longer fit for pur­pose, mean­ing all food must now be pre­pared off site.

The club plan to cover the re­main­der with fundrais­ing and through ex­ist­ing club funds.

Poyn­ton Parish Plan Mon­i­tor­ing Group has been given £2,500 to­wards the £18,000 it is spend­ing on build­ing a her­itage gar­den in the grounds near the li­brary.

The group is try­ing to raise the money through fundrais­ing, parish coun- cil, do­na­tions and other grant fun­ders.

The 1st Sut­ton St James Scout and Guide group were awarded £536 to­wards new stage light­ing at the Scout head­quar­ters.

The stage is used at least 14 times a year, in­clud­ing its own Gang Show and fundrais­ing con­certs.

The Neu­ro­mus­cu­lar Cen­tre, which serves peo­ple with mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy across the whole county from its base in Wins­ford, was awarded £750 to­wards the £1,000 cost of set­ting up a wheel­chair foot­ball team.

It wasn’t good news for other lo­cal groups, how­ever.

King Ed­ward Music So­ci­ety of Mac­cles­field were de­nied £714 to buy four acous­tic screens to pro­tect the or­ches­tral play­ers ears from dam­age by ex­ces­sive or­ches­tral vol­umes, while Dis­ley Arts So­ci­ety were re­fused £350 to­wards their am­bi­tion to hold demon­stra­tions and work­shops for their new mem­bers.

Prest­bury Cho­ral So­ci­ety were not given the £250 they wanted to to­wards the £439 cost to pro­duce pro­gramme brochures and other ad­ver­tis­ing ma­te­ri­als for their con­certs.

Coun Paul Bates, cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­ni­ties, said: “Com­mu­nity grants pro­vide a life­line for many lo­cal groups who sim­ply wouldn’t be able to sur­vive, let alone thrive, with­out our sup­port. What is re­ally im­pres­sive is the tremen­dous com­mu­nity work that can be ‘un­locked’ and en­abled by the pro­vi­sion of rel­a­tively small amounts of money.”

James Rus­sell

Above and inset, last year’s North East Cheshire Business Awards night lA

Coun Paul Bates

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