More contenders for community cash fund

Carole Fielding from Pablo's Horse Sanctuary 'PHOTO: Tim Williams
Carole Fielding from Pablo's Horse Sanctuary 'PHOTO: Tim Williams
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More community groups and clubs have contacted us this week asking for a share of the £10,000 Make It Happen pot for 2015.

Ragdale Hall has put the money up for needy local causes for the 11th year running.

Judges will meet later in the year to decide which applicants deserve to benefit from a donation from the fund.

l Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary, in Long Clawson, has asked for a donation of £2,000 to refurbish its water and guttering system to help with the care of more than 80 rescued horses and ponies.

John Brown, a fundraising volunteer at the Waltham Lane-based charity, said: “At the moment we only have two small taps to work with and this creates real problems.

“We also need to repair fencing, structures in the yard and stables and we also need equipment to help with the care of our rescues.

“We receive no funding at all and every penny we raise is used solely for the benefit of our rescues.”

l Organisers of a campaign to build a new skatepark in Asfordby have requested a £1,000 grant towards the £60,000 cost of the venture.

A popular skate ramp was dismantled and removed from Jubilee Park in the village 18 months ago because it was ageing and there was no money available to repair it, despite young people raising £400 toward the cost.

Alan Webster, secretary of Asfordby Skatepark Group, which was formed to co-ordinate the scheme, said: “The Asfordby Parish Council are kindly supporting this initiative and have granted us permission to build the facility in Jubilee Park for the benefit of the youth of the parish and beyond.”

l Twyford Recreation Ground, a volunteer-supported playground, is asking for £350 to pay for a roof and guttering over its barbecue and picnic area and to provide a water butt to help maintain shrubs.

Secretary Sandy Johnson says the roof is needed because family picnics and barbecues, plus the annual Bonfire Night, are sometimes ruined by a downpour of rain with no shelter available.

The improvement would benefit around 400 people at different events through the year, she added.