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The Rastrick community was brought together for an evening of celebration as groups and projects were given a welcome boost thanks to Rastrick Big Local.

The Community Projects Awards saw more than £14,000 handed out to help fund causes in the area.

Former Rastrick High School headteacher Helen Lennie presented the awards and was also presented with a Razzie - an award for Outstanding Services to the Rastrick Community.

Rastrick Big Local was formed to help spend £1million given to the community by the Big Lottery Fund.

Rastrick High School was awarded £540 for the ‘Big Sing’ to give an opportunity for adults to participate in music taster sessions with instruments on a Saturday, and will also involve older students as volunteers.

Phoenix Radio was given £1,498 to form Radio Rastrick and help train people to create local radio programmes based on Rastrick that would feed into Phoenix’s broadcast.

The Annapurna Dance group will use £785 to form Songs Spices and stories from India - a refreshing initiative taken to be proactive within local communities to promote better integration and harmony through an innovative arts programme.

Community Transport Calderdale has been granted £1,500 to take elderly residents in sheltered and nursing homes to supermarket and outings.

Top 2 toe therapy will start ‘Therapy 4 tots 4 the community’ – a five week course on baby/toddler massage thanks to its £1,200 donation.

St Matthew’s baby and toddler group was given £1,500 for improvements to its outside play area.

Rastrick Juniors Football Club has been awarded £1,440 for a cardiac defibrillator available on the site at Carr Green playing fields for the benefit of all Rastrick people.

Love Bread CIC will use £1,450 for Pop Up Bread - a 10-week programme of subsidised bread sales, free toast and samples, free bread making demonstrations and activities in Rastrick

A new practice cage will be available at Rastrick Cricket Club thanks to a £1,500 donation after the existing one was destroyed in the severe winds in December 2013.

Field Lane Primary School was given £1,500 for Drawing Together - a series of art

workshops aiming to bring people together to create a permanent artwork that

represents the Field Lane community.

Longroyde School will use £1,500 for Get Set Go – an early morning activity/breakfast club for children to help improve attendance and raise attainment.

It also aims to boost parental involvement in school.

Pictures by Fiaz Shapal