Seventh heaven as council gives £22k to groups

Hebden Royd Town Councillor James Fearon is chairman of the community funding committee
Hebden Royd Town Councillor James Fearon is chairman of the community funding committee

Seven groups toasted the New Year in style after being awarded a combined total of £22,300 in grants by Hebden Royd Town Council.

The funding, which came via the council’s community funding committee, will boost various groups including Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society which was awarded £5,000, Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade which was given £4,000 and Hope Baptist Church which received £3,500.

Meanwhile, Friends of Calder Holmes Park got £4,000, the Archway Project received £3,000, Community Transport Calderdale was given £2,000, and Royd Regeneration was awarded £800.

Community funding committee chairman Coun James Fearon said: “I am delighted that the meeting of the community funding committee was able to allocate in excess of £20,000 to support local community groups with their plans in the next 12 months.”

The light opera society, which has a 40-year leasehold of the former Youth House building in Hebden Bridge, will use the money to replace the old single glazed windows.

Applicant Michael Mallinson said: “I would like to thank the town council for showing confidence in our plan for Youth House and also for giving us the ability to show the town that not only are we now proud tenants, but that we are committed to getting this facility back open and available for community use.”

During the meeting, the committee resolved that Hebden Royd and District Swimming Pool Association - which requested £5,000 - be invited to attend a full council meeting to explain their project, aspirations, management structure and to clarify their request for their inclusion on the authority’s ‘base budget’

White Ribbon Campaign’s £650 application for awareness posters was rejected, while Friends of the Riverside School group withdrew its bid for the ‘The Poetry Project’.

Applications for the next round of funding must be submitted by the end of February. Visit to download and application form.