Cash handouts spread happy new year cheer

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CASH handouts provided a timely boost for the New Year for a selection of Hucknall community groups during a bumper cheque presentation.

A total of 23 organisations from the town were invited to Ashfield District Council’s headquarters ahead of its final meeting of the year.

Grants were presented by the chairman of the council, Coun May Barsby (Lab), to the groups who made it to the ceremony.

Among the beneficiaries from Hucknall were the cash-strapped Hucknall Falcon Swimming Club, which received £200 to help balance the books after it ran at a loss during the financial year April 2010 to March 2011.

The money comes from a funding pot given to each area in Ashfield, based on the number of residents it has. Hucknall was given £5,739.

Decisions on who receives the cash is based on applications which are then reviewed by the town’s area consultative group — a committee of Ashfield District Council that is specific to Hucknall.

In total, groups took home £4,900. The rest remains for late applications and extra causes.

The full list of local grants reads:

Hucknall Rotary Club (Hucknall Christmas Carnival) £1,500; Newstead Abbey Byron Society £500; St George Amateur Boxing Club £400; Rolls-Royce Bowmen of Sherwood (archery) £200; Hucknall Heritage Society £150; Pride Of Hucknall Awards £150; Hucknall Community Neighbourhood Alert Committee £150; Hucknall East Local Neighbourhood Safety Team £150; Hucknall North Safer Neighbourhood Committee £150.

Hucknall West Safer Neighbourhood Committee £150; Hucknall and Linby St John Ambulance £100; Hucknall and Linby St John Ambulance Badgers £100; 1803 (Hucknall) Squadron of the Air Training Corps (ATC) £100; 4th Hucknall Brownies £100.

5th Hucknall Scouts £100; Hucknall and District University of the Third Age (U3A) Group £100; St John’s Day Centre £100; Leenside Hucknall Women’s Institute (WI) £100; Wighay Allotment Association £100; The Tramstop Garden £100; Butlers Hill Allotment Association £100; and Hucknall Titchfield Park Bowls Club £100.

n OUR PHOTO shows council chairman, Coun May Barsby (Lab), with fellow councillors and recipients of some of the grant-aid cheques — DISPIC NHUD11-3330-1.