Funding extended as the Dales celebrates

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Derbyshire Dales District Council funding helped around 120 local communities celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics in style.

From street parties, picnics and flower festivals to treasure hunts, beacons and bonfires, community groups flew the flag after the District Council set aside £12,000 to help local people stage events, organise entertainment, buy equipment and provide commemorative items.

Community groups, town and parish councils and registered charities claimed grants of between £50 and £200 after the District Council created the funding by combining existing community and play development grants already budgeted for 2012/13.

And demand was so great that the District Council increased the original funding pot by £2,000.

Chairman of the District Council’s Communities Committee Councillor Mrs Carol Walker said: “It was a joy to be part of the Jubilee and Olympic Torch Relay celebrations in the Dales and it’s great news that the District Council’s fund went a long way to create a real feel-good factor in our towns and villages.”

The feedback from groups that benefited has been positive. Organisers of the Wyaston and Edlaston Street Party wrote to the District Council, commenting: “Thank you very much for the grant received. We had about 100 people taking part during the afternoon and the village felt very patriotic. Bunting and flags everywhere!”

In the north of the district, Litton Village Jubilee Picnic organisers wrote: “This is just to say a big thank you to the Derbyshire Dales for supporting our Jubilee Picnic. There were about 130 people there along with a seven piece folk band.”

The Brassington Street Party group wrote: “We had a fantastic street party for the Jubilee with well over 200 people attending. Children were entertained with games, we had a ‘bring and share’ buffet followed by a good old fashioned sing song and dancing in the street. Please thank all at Derbyshire Dales for the kind donation to our celebrations.”

The smallest communities had a great time too. Sheldon Day Jubilee Picnic organisers wrote: “Over 35 people attended - a great turn out for a small village of less than 80 people. We had several games of rounders, with residents from seven to over 70 playing together, followed by a village picnic with jubilee mementos for all children under 18. Many, many thanks for your support, it was very much appreciated.”

Baslow Senior Citizens wrote: “Thank you so much for your generous donation for our June Party. It was a great success, with a large Union Jack cake and sparkling wine for the Loyal Toast.”

Ashbourne Animal Welfare wrote to say: “Thank you for awarding our charity the sum of £100. We really do appreciate being given this money to help stage our Jubilee Open Day at The Ark and our Doglympic Open Day in July.”