£681,000 shared by Pocklington groups
Clubs and organisations in Pocklington have been awarded £681,216.13 funding from East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of commuted sums from local housing developments – eight different groups are set to receive funding.
Pocklington Rugby Union Football Club has been awarded £120,188.43 to complete the building work to the changing rooms and install floodlights at their Second site at Kilnwick Park.
Pocklington Cricket Club received £93,053.00 to install a new training and practice facility, groundworks, a field tractor, tractor store, compound and security fencing, boundary ball stop fence netting and CCTV.
Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum has been awarded £75,844.89 towards a new walled garden project at the site.
The remaining £8,427.20 for the £84,272.09 project will be raised by fundraising and crowdfunding activities.
Stewart Bowling Club scooped £20,000 towards a new kitchen, which had been recommended in a recent hygiene survey, in their club house and bowling green machinery.
Wolds Gliding Club have been awarded £116,751.01 towards a new glider which will have hand operated controls and will allow the club to extend their training to those with disabilities.
Pocklington Tennis Club received £100,000 towards their £543,933.79 project.
The club proposes to cover the two remaining courts to provide a permanent canopy structure, creating a genuine all-weather playing environment.
Yapham Cricket Club was given £55,378.80 towards improvements at their home on Smylett Lane, Yapham.
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society have been awarded £100,000 towards the restoration of Sandhill Lock.
The total project will cost £220,000.
Chris French, resources manager at Pocklington RUFC, said: “With funding provided by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, together with Sport England and its main sponsors, Pocklington Rugby Club will have a facility run purely by volunteers that will hugely benefit sport and young people of Pocklington. Pocklington Rugby Club as a whole is in a superb position now to move forward and develop.”
Ian Murphy, estate manager at Burnby Hall Gardens, said: “We are really pleased to receive this fantastic Commuted Sums grant. It means that our Walled Garden project can now become a reality and that the local community and visitors from further away will be able to experience a fabulous new addition to Burnby Hall Gardens.”
Sue Douthwaite, honorary secretary of the management committee at Stewart Bowling Club, said: “The Commuted Sums would mean funding towards a new machine for the Bowling Green and a much needed kitchen refurbishment.”
Graham Wadforth of Wolds Gliding Club said: “The new glider will be specially adapted with hand controls for those with limited, or no, leg function and it will have a much superior performance than the club’s existing adapted glider.”
Nigel Rickatson, Yapham CC president, said: “We are delighted – and very grateful – to have been awarded this funding.
“Having two excellent practice nets at the ground is another big step forward for the club; not only will they enable our players to develop their skills, but it will mean that we can run more games and coaching sessions.”
Councillor Gary McMaster, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing, added: “The award of these Commuted Sums as a condition of their planning approval to so many groups and organisations in Pocklington will make a real difference in the area. I wish them all well for the future.”