Marking the Queen’s Jubilee

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GROUPS wanting to hold street parties to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, could be helped with funding from the Spen Valley area committee.

On Tuesday the committee agreed to set aside £6,000 for groups to receive up to £500 each to hold events such as street parties or to establish ‘Jubilee Friends’ groups for parks across the Valley.

Groups have until March 13 to submit their applications. Groups that match 50 per cent of the requested funding will be given preference.

The grant applications will then be discussed at the next Spen Valley Area Committee meeting on March 20.

Coun David Hall (Cons, Liversedge and Gomersal) said: “March 13 is not far off and I hope that people here tonight will support this.”

Successful applicants would need to submit a report providing feedback on the activities and long-term benefits of the events.

A second proposal was passed providing funding for ‘Jubilee Orchards’ at every school in the Spen Valley. Chairman Coun Andrew Pinnock will contact the schools to gauge their enthusiasm.

The idea is that the pupils would plant trees as a sustainable legacy for the jubilee celebrations.

A dozen trees would be planted at each school, with pupils able to pick fruit.

The total cost is £4,500, with each tree costing £30.

Both jubilee proposals were unanimously approved by members of the committee.