£7k grants assist array of Calne groups and charities
4:00pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Latest News
Calne Town Council has handed out more than £7,000 in grants to local groups and charities, to boost services for children, parents and people needing jobs advice.
Councillors discussed requests for six grants at the policy and resources committee. Five were granted.
They awarded £4,000 to the Summer Fun in Calne Playscheme, £500 towards the Splitz Support Service and £600 for Calne Community Day Centre.
The playscheme provides arts, crafts and games for five to 13-year-olds, including activities for disabled children and those with additional needs.
Calne mayor Mercy Baggs said: “It’s worth it, seeing the way the children come on and I have no hesitation in making sure this goes on and on. It does such a good job.”
Wiltshire Citizens Advice, which provides employment advice from its Calne office in the High Street on Tuesdays and Fridays, received a grant of £2,000.
Councillors also agreed to grant free use of the town hall for the Calne Music and Arts Festival this Saturday, and on October 11 and October 12, which would otherwise have cost £601.
But a request from Calne and District Twinning Assoc-iation for £1,000 was turned down despite the group being awarded £500 last year.
Town councillor Alan Hill said: “I’m not in favour of twinning associations being funded by town councils. I believe that most of the members of the association are perfectly capable of funding their own events.”
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