Groups benefit from foundation’s grants

Wellingborough Business Improvement District has received �3,000 to run a medieval festival
Wellingborough Business Improvement District has received �3,000 to run a medieval festival

Community groups from cricket clubs to a First World War history group have received funds from a grant-giving charity.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation has given £14,729 to groups based in the north of the county, including Irthlingborough Cricket Club, Wellingborough Medieval Festival and Higham Ferrers World War I History Group.

Victoria Miles, chief executive of Northamptonshire Community Foundation which supports a wide range of grassroots projects, groups and people in the county, said: “We’re delighted to support these local groups all of whom are doing exceptional work and making a real difference in their local community.

“We are proud to work with our donors, local businesses and individuals and it is largely thanks to their generosity that we are able to help make a lasting impact across our communities to the issues they care about in the county.”

Irthlingborough Cricket Club received £2,757 to buy covers for their cricket square.

The club’s secretary, Julie Mason, said: “The new covers will allow games to take place following poor conditions. We will also be able to remove the covers using only a small number of volunteers.”

Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), which promotes the town centre by staging events and promotions, received £3,000 to run a medieval festival.

The event was held last weekend and the streets were filled with knights, noblemen and jesters. There was also a camp and an arena at Croyland Gardens with “trial by combat”. Events and marketing assistant Swarupa Vaingankar said: “The festival is a wonderful example of community, heritage, cultural and leisure activity in our town.”

BID manager John Cable said: “The medieval festival is now an established date in Wellingborough’s calendar, presenting families with free entertainment while promoting our town centre.

“The event was a glorious opportunity to remind people of the features of Wellingborough town centre – our array of independent traders, green spaces, historic buildings and free parking.”

Higham Ferrers World War 1 History Group received £1,000 to publish a book on the men of Higham Ferrers who served during the Great War.

Secretary Geoff Moore said: “The completed book will help people today see the scale of the sacrifice made by our small market town.”

To apply for a grant, donate or to find out more about Northamptonshire Community Foundation go to www.ncf.uk.com or call 01604 230033.