Cash grants help provide boost to Rastrick projects

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Rastrick businesses, groups and schools are the first to benefit from the Rastrick Big Local Partnership after being awarded grants.

Presentations were made at Carr Green Primary School where a total of £13,000 from the Rastrick Big Local Community Projects Fund was given to projects in Rastrick.

Jason Middleton, chairman of the Rastrick Big Local Partnership said it was an honour to hand out the money.

“Throughout the year we have had great engagement organisations,” he said. “It is a big thing for us and the future to keep a two way dialogue and see what happens to the money.”

Carr Green Primary School was given £1,500. This year marks the centenary of the school and they are marking this with a photographic, textual and audio exhibition that captures the history of the school over the last 100 years.

Castlefields Golf Club will use £640 to introduce more juniors to golf.

St John the Divine Community Hall was awarded £1,500 and that will be spent on a new kitchen access hatch.

Ward Court Social Group will use its £1,200 to create a joint gardening project with schools, getting tenants to pass on their skill of gardening to the young people.

New equipment for camping and indoor activities are being planned by St Matthew’s Scout Group after it was given a cheque for £1,500.

Rastrick Parish Centre is now able to replace its windows thanks to £1,500.

Longroyde Junior School is ready to Get Set Go thanks to £1,000 and will create a morning club to target children who are persistently late or absent.

Tennis 4 U is being introduced at Rastrick Tennis Club thanks to £1,100 and it aims to open up the club to encourage participation in tennis locally, working with local schools.

High Five Productions with Rastrick High School Academy Trust will use its £600 for equipment for video mixing and enable young people to complete school and community projects to a high quality.

Improvements to the pathway between Chapel Croft and Carr Green will be made after Carr Green and Crowtrees Community and Action Group was awarded £1,500.

Rastrick Juniors Football Club will use its £960 grant to improve the surface on playing fields and surrounding access areas.

Mayor of Calderdale Councillor John Hardy who presented the grants said: “I have had some happy times in Rastrick and it is full of community spirit.

“These cheques will be well spent and I urge other groups to put themselves forward so more can benefit. Not every community gets this sort of opportunity.”

Plans for how £1million will be spent in the community will be created and put on www.rastrickbiglocal.co.uk

Jason Middleton added: “We expect the plan to change on how to spend the money and that will progress but we need more views from members of the public.”