Community groups get early presents from town council

Todmorden In Bloom. Marianne Sutcliffe, Norman Overend and Jean Butterworth.
Todmorden In Bloom. Marianne Sutcliffe, Norman Overend and Jean Butterworth.

SEVERAL groups are celebrating after receiving early Christmas presents in the form of grants from Todmorden Town Council totalling nearly £8,000.

Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (TAODS) applied for funding towards the cost of converting part of the toilet facilities in the foyer of the Hippodrome Theatre, on Halifax Road, to include a disabled toilet.

Councillors voted in favour of the application and have given TAODS a £3,000 grant for the project.

The Ashenhurst Park and Recreation Team (APART) has been given £3,022 of funding to provide play equipment in the area.

It has been a great year for Todmorden in Bloom, and 2012 has finished on a high for the group after it received £1,398 to cover the cost of providing barrier basket liners for its planting around town.

Christmas will be brighter around Todmorden Market thanks to town council funding.

Todmorden Market Traders Association successfully applied for £527.84 towards repairs to the outdoor Christmas lights around the market hall.

But it was mixed news for the Todmorden Carnival committee. It applied for £3,500 to cover the running costs of the 2013 carnival.

Councillors decided to give a grant of £1,500, leaving the committee facing having to make up the shortfall.

Carnival committee chairman Philip Clarke said unless other sources of funding can be found, the 2013 event will be much reduced in size and may not even go ahead at all.