Awards for Calderdale as money given to community groups

Emily Jones at the Tinderwood Trust, Eastwood, Todmorden, which has been given a Big Lottery Fund grant of �10,000.
Emily Jones at the Tinderwood Trust, Eastwood, Todmorden, which has been given a Big Lottery Fund grant of �10,000.
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Community groups have received over £20,000 from the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All grants.

Tinderwood Trust, Sowood Pre-School and Heptonstall Garden Society were the Calderdale recipients.

Grants range between £300 and £10,000 and are given to projects that will benefit communities.

Tinderwood Trust, which offers “forest school” sessions for children and their families, received the maximum £10,000.

Trust project developer Emily Jones said: “This money means we can take the next step. It is very exciting for us.”

The trust is hoping to expand classes to twice weekly.

Graham Mynott, a trustee, added: “We’re hoping to work with children that have suffered domestic violence or have not had the best start in life.”

Sowood Pre-School received £9,281 and will invest the money into new equipment and resources to help staff prepare children for school.

Hannele MacNaugtan, a member of the management committee, said: “It will make a real difference to Sowood Pre-School.”

The third winner was Heptonstall Allotment Garden Society, which received £3,000.

It plans to buy the land on which the allotments stand so as to secure them as a community facility.

In Yorkshire and Humberside, £267,361 was shared out between 32 schemes. Vanessa White, Big Lottery Fund’s head of the Yorkshire and Humber region, said: “It’s great to see these groups all making such positive starts to the year.

“These projects are contributing to their communities in a remarkable way and we are proud to be able to support them.”

Tinderwood Trust also recently received £4,500 from Hebden Royd Town Council, which will be used for new equipment, waterproofs and insurance.