Awards

35 groups benefit from Yorkshire Water Community Fund

THIRTY FIVE community groups working in Hull and Holderness have received a funding boost after successfully applying to Yorkshire Water’s Saltend Community Fund.

Amongst the successful groups in Hedon was the Methodist Church, awarded £5,000 towards their plans to extend the church and continue to grow its activities. A new modern entrance hall and reception area are proposed that will improve disabled access. Existing rooms will be converted into a community resource area and coffee lounge. A children and family worker will be recruited to support the minister and volunteer teams.

Property Officer from the church, David McDonald thought that news of the £5,000 grant from Yorkshire Water was splendid:

David McDonald - Jubilant“We’re absolutely delighted and over the moon! This scheme is fully backed by everyone involved in the church and will be a real focus of our activities going forward this year,” said a jubilant David.

Amongst Hedon groups benefitting from the fund were St. Augustine’s Church, Hedon Youth Group, Hedon Scout Group, Hedon & District Guides, South Holderness Cricket Club, and Hedon Museum. Many other projects that involve or include people from Hedon also benefitted.

The Saltend Community Fund was set up by Yorkshire Water to thank people in Hedon, Preston, Paull East Hull and surrounding areas for their patience whilst £30m of investment work is carried out to address odours issues at Saltend waste water treatment works.

The successful groups were announced following a meeting of the independent committee set up by Yorkshire Water to advise on the funding allocation. The committee was made up of four local Councillors and three representatives from the ‘Stench at Saltend’ campaign group.

The groups have been invited to receive their cheques during a special presentation event on Wednesday 2nd March at 5 pm at Eastside Community Sports Trust, one of the organisations that benefitted from the fund.

Bradley, Joe and Alex

Brad, Joe and Alex prepare to meet Yorkshire Water during the summer protests against foul odours

Alex Watts, Bradley Robinson and Joe Clixby from the ‘Stench at Saltend’ campaign group were part of the committee and in a joint statement, commented: “We were delighted to be invited by Yorkshire Water to take part in the decision process, this demonstrates that Yorkshire Water takes the contribution and input of our group seriously. We are sure that the local residents will be pleased that this ensured the decision process was conducted in a fair and completely unbiased way. As representatives of the stop the stench group we are really pleased that so many worthy and deserving causes are able to benefit from this funding”.

Nick Topham, Yorkshire Water’s Programme Director for East Riding and Hull said, “We know that for local people the top priority is that we address the odours from our Saltend site that have affected the local community and I am pleased to say that the work on site is progressing well. However, we also wanted to thank people for their patience whilst we carry out the work by providing some funding to local community groups in the area.”

“I am delighted that there were so many great applications. It clear that this part of Hull and East Yorkshire really benefits from having so many people who are giving their time to improve the lives of people in the local community and I am really pleased that we will be able to help them with the excellent work they do.”

“I’d like to thank the members of the Community Fund Committee for dedicating their time to assessing the applications and making what must have been some very difficult decisions about how to allocate the funds. Their local knowledge has really helped to ensure that the funds will have the maximum positive benefit on the local community.”

Alex Watts, from the ‘Stench at Saltend’ Facebook Group, further commented that it was a time-consuming task to take part in the Funding Committee, but very beneficial to the groups supported:

“It was a difficult task but one that myself, Joe Clixby and Brad Robinson took extremely seriously over many hours and many days and then alongside the other committee members. We are satisfied that the fund was well spread amongst the community and went to some amazing organisations, groups and charities.

“Congratulations to all the successful applicants and A huge thank you again to everyone who supported the campaign and proved what a strong United community we are. Well done everyone!

“Just a reminder that our Facebook group “Stench at Saltend”, as well as our campaign, is still open and will remain so until we no longer have a need for it (soon we hope).

In total 66 organisations applied for £200,000 worth of funding but only £75,000 was available, meaning the funding committee had some difficult decisions to make as to which groups would be successful. In the end, 35 organisations were awarded grants ranging from £300 to £5000 for a variety of projects in local communities.

The successful groups were:

Group Project Grant
Eastside Community Sports Trust Grasscutter £5,000
Hedon Methodist Church New reception area. Building work and alterations £5,000
St. Augustine’s Church Refurbish entrance to building £5,000
Stockwell Academy Multi-sensory area for pupils on the autistic spectrum £5,000
Preston Community Hall Raised seating area £3,665.04
The Conservation Volunteers Publicly accessible wildlife habitat £3,600
Friends of Alderman Kneeshaw Park Enhancement of park. £3,500
South Holderness Cricket Club Portable cricket covers. £3,500
Probe (Hull) Ltd. Set-up and develop community resource project on Greatfield. £3,300
Thorngumbald Preschool All-weather canopy extension. £2,500
Hedon and District Guides Camping equipment. £2,500
Paull Holme Tower Making the ancient monument safe for public use. £2,500
Skirlaugh Bulls Youth Rugby Club Training and match-day equipment. £2,300
Localworks Ltd Zorb healthy footballs and pump. £2,082
Hedon Rangers AFC Mini-soccer goals. £2,000
Hedon Scout Group Box trailer. £2,000
All Saints Church Community room. £1,500
Preston Primary School Upgrade play facilities. £1,500
Humber Wood Recycling Project Table saw and extension table for workshop. £1,359
Preston Playing Fields Association CCTV to help protect the play area. £1,200
Paull Primary School via Friends of Paull School Outside writing area and wildlife exploration area. £1,200
Bilton Village Hall Planting scheme. £1,100
St Hilda’s Church New equipment for community garden, lunch club and family cooking sessions. £1,010.39
East Hull Co-operative Learning Trust Public artwork presentation equipment. £1,000
1st Keyingham Scouts Camping equipment £1,000
Hedon Youth Group Sports equipment. £1,000
South Holderness Swimming Club Training equipment. £1,000
Holderness Vikings Coaching equipment. £1,000
Foredyke Primary School Establishment of gardening club. £800
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Hide and maintenance tools for Paull Nature Reserve. £585
South Holderness Technology College Renew distilled water still for science labs. £585
Hull & Holderness Riding for the Disabled Replace specialist riding equipment. £500
Hedon Museum Society Display equipment. £450
Hedon Tigers Under 8s Match shelter and training materials. £300
Girlguiding Keyingham Purchase section flag. £300

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