Spend it wisely

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I WAS delighted to read about Rastrick being awarded a £1 million Lottery windfall.

It is only one of six similar awards in Yorkshire to benefit from the Big Lottery Fund.

Over the next 10 years, as part of the pioneering Big Local scheme, a trust will work with members of the local community in Rastrick to decide how the money should be spent.

The money can be spent on creating new community facilities, starting training and employment schemes, tackling anti-social behaviour or providing activities for young people.

I well remember the days I was working with local groups on Field Lane Estate, we would often say, ‘…if we only had some more money, we could do all sorts for the community’.

That was quite a few years ago now but with this kind of funding the opportunity has finally arrived and good luck to them.

Deciding what to spend it on will take careful thought and community backing all pulling together.

In this featured photograph we have 13 year old Sharon Gray who was the 1983 Field Lane Community Association Gala Queen, with her two attendants Paula Louise Ingland aged 10 and Sonia Jenine Holmes aged 9.

This was a really successful community event when it was estimated that hundreds of people both from the estate area and the wider Rastrick community.

This was the association’s second annual gala and raised over £800.

As with all galas there was the traditional procession with the Westwood Drum and Trumpet Band from shelf leading the way with countless children dressed in fancy costumes whilst others were riding decorated bicycles.

Winding its way through the estate the Gala Queen and her attendants must have felt like three very special people that day. Did you win a prize that day: Michael Fudge won the under 13 fancy dress competition as the Tin Man with the over 13 winners being tied Judith sharp and Tracey Kerry sharing the 1st prize.

Other winners included: Stephen Armitage in the Comic Dress as Sunshine and Rain; 2nd place was Mark Binns dressed as a telephone kiosk and Jamie Binns as the famous Honey Monster.

Sarah Pearson; John Allan Clough and Glen Robson were the decorated cycle winners.

With all the usual stalls and fundraising raffles this was a big success on the estate, one event where the community came together.

Gilbert Timewell the Association President summed the day up when he said: “Local people turned out in the hundreds and supported what was hoped to become the major community event on the estate year after year’.

How about more of the same?