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  • Community fund handouts top the £half-million mark

    Henry James

    NINE community groups in West lancashire are the latest to benefit from the Whitemoss Community Fund as it hits the half-a-million pound mark.

    The fund, provided by Whitemoss Landfill Limited who operate the landfill site in Skelmersdale, has awarded grants to local communities around the site each year since 2010.

    To date 43 local groups have benefited from the fund with the latest series of cash boosts taking the total it has handed out to local projects to £500,000.

    This year, two groups were lucky enough to scoop £20,000 each, the maximum grant available.

    Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside will utilise their £20k to improve the fishing pond at Tawd Valley, Skelmersdale as part of a larger improvement project planned for the area.

    And Hillside Community Primary School, Tanhouse will use their £20k grant to kick-start phase one of a programme of improvement works on the field adjacent to the school in Egerton to create a pocket park for the community.

    A grant of £19,335 was awarded to the Third Way Community Interest Company to create a community art hub in Parbold.

    And the Greenhill Community Hub in Beech Close, Skelmersdale has been awarded £16,414 to buy new IT equipment to ensure users have the latest technology available and don’t become digitally excluded.

    Budding England stars of the future have also‘scored’ with Skelmersdale Junior Football League being awarded a grant of £13,200 to buy new goals so they can continue to provide development football opportunities for thousands of kids each weekend at their home at Whitemoss Playing Fields.

    A donation of £11,550 will enable Lancashire Wildlife Trust to create the necessary infrastructure to allow conservation grazing to take place at Scutchers Acres in Lathom.

    Meanwhile Hilldale Community Association have been awarded £7,855 to repair and replace seating on the village playing field to ensure continued use of this green area by the community.

    Two local scout groups have also been given welcome boosts.

    The 40th Ormskirk Scouts receive £4,300 to help finance an outdoor venture area and car park; while the 1st Parbold and Newburgh Scouts will use their £3,791 award to provide new equipment and storage.

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