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Projects to benefit from community grants

Projects to benefit from community grants

Published at 8:37am 12th May 2015. (Updated at 5:35pm 13th May 2015)

A new playground in Gargrave is among several projects to get funding across Craven.

Around £16,000 has been handed out to various community groups by the district council as part of its annual grants scheme.

It will also see a new defibrillator installed in Malham.

The Gargrave Playground Association has been given £2,000.

Sarah Pawson, one of the organisers, said: "This award will boost our project in different ways. It will help us reach our funding goal for play equipment, and at the same time will help us apply for charity status which will open many doors for further funding.

"Our group is passionate about creating a place for the whole of Gargrave village, and neighbouring areas, to meet and socialise, creating a multigenerational hub for families to spend time with their children within their local community."

Kirkby Malham Parish Council has been given £317 towards a community defibrillator for Malham.

The parish council is finding the rest of the £1,270 needed from its own funds and expects the defibrillator will be in place in the next few weeks.

Pat Wherity, treasurer of Kirkby Malham Parish Council, said: "Malham is such a tourist hub, we probably have more than 1,000 people in Malham on weekends and Bank Holidays.

"One of these days someone is going to have a heart attack and it will take a long time for the emergency services to get here.

"This defibrillator could make all the difference and will benefit the local community, as well as the tourists."

The defibrillator will be placed on the front of the public conveniences in Malham.

Farnhill Parish Council has been given £1,000 to spend on developing the Arbour at Farnhill.

Gargrave Bowling Club has also been given £975 towards a project to upgrade the floodlights so that club members can practise and hold competitions in the evenings.