Thousands up for grabs for community clubs

Cllr Jonathan Owen, Cllr Jane Evison, Micah Gibson, David Sheader and David Stork from Kilham Playing Fields Association.
Cllr Jonathan Owen, Cllr Jane Evison, Micah Gibson, David Sheader and David Stork from Kilham Playing Fields Association.

Sports clubs could be given thousands of pounds to improve their facilities thanks to a fund which is looking for projects to support in 2017.

The Lissett Airfield Community Wind Farm Fund gives out money each year to help community schemes and applications for this year’s grants can be made until the end of June.

Villagers in Kilham have received almost £14,000 in recent years, to buy new adventure play equipment and cover more than half the cost of a new all-weather court.

David Sheader of Kilham Playing Fields Association said: “The playing field has become a real focus for the village over the past seven years, with regular fundraising events being held at the field and local pubs.

“The two grant awards from Lissett have allowed us to complete large projects and drive the whole idea of sport in the village.

“The final award for the all-weather court fencing brought an end to over five years of funding for this key part of the playing field. It’s been great to see football and tennis teams using the new court for practice as well as seeing kids just having a knock-about after school.

“If we had not received the funding, we may have had to wait a further three years to complete the court, which would have put the whole court at risk as there is only so much good will and funding a small village can provide on their own.”

Beeford Lawn Tennis Club, Beeford Bowls Club, Beeford Cricket Club, Rudston Playing Fields Association, Burton Agnes Sports Club, Burton Agnes Bowls Club, Barmston Cricket Club, Brandesburton Petanque Club and Brandesburton football club have all received grants since 2011.

Lissett Airfield Community Wind Farm Fund receives an annual donation from the energy provider Infinis Wind.

Cllr Jane Evison is chair of the fund. She said: “The funding that has been secured by Kilham over the years is an excellent example of how this fund is supporting local communities and improving facilities for local people.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the association’s volunteers and commend them for their hard work and dedication. The positive results of their work are there for all to see and are enjoyed by people every day.”

For information, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/
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