Whitchurch Town Council announce grants to be awarded to groups


Barrie White

WHITCHURCH Town Council has announced the grants it will be awarding for the next financial year.

But councillors have also passed recommendations that each group which receives a grant will be subject to monitoring and to make a presentation at the annual town meeting next May.

The Whitchurch Town Team will receive £1,000 – the largest of those who have applied for a grant – on top of its budgeted £2,000 while £500 was also awarded to the town’s Foodbank.

Other £500 grants were given to the Rotary Club, the Roller Skating Club, Bradbury Day Care Centre, the rugby and hockey clubs and the Scouts.

Whitchurch Opera and Amateur Dramatics Society received £800 while there was money for Age UK, St John’s Methodist Church and Whitchurch Waterways Trust.

Blackberry Fair received its budgeted £2,000 while the Town band received £500 and £150 was given to the town’s Twinning Association.

Four applications were rejected for not meeting different elements of funding criteria, including a £2,250 request to help fund an electric wheelchair for Kean Hall on the grounds the application was for an individual.

However, the council is working to provide support to the family on future funding ideas.

Meanwhile, councillors voted to approve recommendations regarding the purchase of four new computers, including software from Galaxy Computers in Whitchurch.

The move will also see Microsoft Office365 installed on to the computers in a bid to modernise the council’s ICT options at a cost of more than £5,000.

Councillors also voted to introduce a chip-and-pin device for staff to use for ticket sales at the Civic, with a minimum £5 spend rule applied.

Updates to town council policies were also agreed for communications and marketing, and volunteering, while councillors were appointed to outstanding spaces on committees.

The internal audit and accounts were also approved for 2016/17, and a town businessman Lee Broders applied to become a town councillor. His application, plus two more, will be heard at an emergency full town council meeting tomorrow.

For more details, head to whitchurchcouncil.uk

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