Community groups celebrate £80,000 Whitemoss grants
FIVE local groups are celebrating being awarded grants worth £80,000 through the Whitemoss Community Fund.
The groups fought off stiff competition from 10 other local projects over the level of community benefit they will each deliver.
The largest grant was scooped by Westhead Village Hall which was given £19,734 to make improvements and encourage community use.
The hall was recently taken over by the local community after it faced closure last year.
Ian Davis, treasurer and trustee at the Hall said: “This will enable renovation and improvement of the hall which will increase the life and continue to provide excellent facilities for the residents of Westhead and surrounding areas for many years to come.”
The communities of Crawford Village and Burscough will both benefit from awards of around £18,500.
The grant to Crawford Village and Pimbo Lane Playing Fields was the final piece in the jigsaw to allow the £90,000 Play Park project to begin.
Burscough Cricket Club will use its grant to create a picnic and play area.
Gordon Anderson, trustee, said: “Burscough Cricket Club are absolutely delighted to receive this award which enables us to continue working towards introducing more of the local residents, school children and visitors into what will become our new picnic and wildlife area.
“This will be accessible from the canal bank throughout the year and also links into the new pathway along the boundary of our ground to the village, with the recently installed fencing also providing a safe route for walkers.”
Quarry Bank Community Association has been awarded £16,484 to install two shipping containers in the grounds at the rear of the community building and transform them into a fully accessible workshop with activities such as woodwork, bike repairing, mechanics and furniture restoration.
And Up Holland Parish Council is to receive £6,060 to improve a stretch of footpath in Dean Wood, including drainage and other work to make access easier throughout the year and reduce flooding problems.
Parish council chairman Cllr Barry Hale said: “Thanks to this grant there will be a further increase in the number of walkers visiting this historic woodland.”
The Whitemoss Community Fund is provided by Whitemoss Landfill Ltd, which operates the landfill site in Skelmersdale.
It has awarded grants to communities near the site each year since 2010.
Rob Routledge, chair of the Whitemoss Community Fund Advisory Group said: “Whitemoss Landfill is committed to supporting our local community and to protecting the environment.
“We are pleased that by funding these valuable local projects the community fund has helped in the delivery of both these objectives by facilitating important improvements to community facilities and the local environment.”
Visit www.grantscape.org. uk or call Liz Payne 01282 543775 for more details.