Future secure

Jess Clarkson, Madeleine Jefferson, Rosie Crowther, Tom Howard and Isaac Clarkson at Hippodrome Theatre, Halifax Road, Todmorden
Jess Clarkson, Madeleine Jefferson, Rosie Crowther, Tom Howard and Isaac Clarkson at Hippodrome Theatre, Halifax Road, Todmorden

A sports club and a community group are celebrating after receiving grants to carry out major projects to secure their long term future.

Walsden Cricket and Bowling Club and Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (TAODS) have received a combined total of £60,000 from independent funding body the Sita Trust.

The cricket club has been given a grant of £49,950 to carry out improvements at the ground and refurbish the changing rooms.

Club chairman Jon Green said: “This is fantastic news for the club and for the local community.

“It will make a significant contribution to the continuing success of the club, both in terms of developing and maintaining young cricketers and providing a much needed community facility.”

The grant will be used to refurbish the changing rooms - which are more than 50 years old - including installing a new roof, repairing the balcony and changing the interior design.

The new, modern facilities will also help the club comply with England and Wales Cricket Board requirements and retain its Clubmark status.

Jon said: “The new changing rooms will give better facilities than we currently have and improved showers.

“In addition to the home and away changing rooms, there will be an extra changing room which can be used by either female players or junior players.

“We are also adding shower facilities for the umpires.”

The funding will ensure the club continues to provide a valuable resource for the local community in the years ahead.

TAODS is using its £10,154 grant to relocate the existing ladies’ toilets at the Hippodrome Theatre, on Halifax Road, and install accessible disabled toilet facilities near the foyer area.

George Mitchell, president of the society, said TAODS is extremely grateful for the funding from the SITA Trust towards the cost of the project.

“The cost was such that without the SITA Trust grant and a number of other grants it would not have been possible to carry out this work for many years to come,” he said.

“Having organised seating to accommodate wheelchairs within the stalls area of the theatre, the addition of accessible toilet facilities will ensure that disabled people will be able to visit the theatre for any function knowing that their needs are now catered for.”

Marek Gordon, chairman of SITA Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been able to support these projects through the landfill communities fund.

“This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2 billion.”

The SITA Trust provides funding for projects that enhance communities and enrich nature.