Charities benefit from council cash handout

Thursday, December 26, 2013
7:00 PM

More than £6,000 of Ottery St Mary town funds have been dished out to local organisations as part of the town council’s grants scheme.

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Members approved 13 out of 18 applications at December’s full council meeting, as well as rubber stamping a decision to continue to support the Citizens’ Advice Bureau service.

A total of £6,450 was awarded to groups in the Otter Valley - £3,000 more than last year:

• £2,500 will be awarded to the Carnival Committee to go towards the general running of the tar barrels.

• £550 to Ottery in Bloom to pay for plants and materials.

• £500 to the United Reformed Church for urgent repairs to the building’s roof.

• £500 to the Tipton Community Hall’s computer group, to help pay for new PCs and repair of old ones.

• £350 to the Tipton St John Residents’ Association, to go towards new plants to for the village’s planters and hanging baskets.

• £350 to the Twinning Association to help pay for a civic reception when French twinners visit next year, and a commemoratory plaque in the German twin-town of Ilsfeld.

• £350 to the Coleridge memorial project to print new ‘Coleridge Link’ walking route books.

• £250 to the Ottery Community Theatre to purchase new stage equipment.

• £250 to the Pixie Day Committee to pay for entertainment during the event.

• £250 to Tipton Community Hall centenary celebrations fund.

• £200 to the Ottregians Over 60s Club to help with the club’s running costs and coach hire.

• £200 to Vision.OM to help pay for organising a monthly meeting for partially sighted people living in the area.

• £100 to Ottery Men’s Forum to help pay fees and expenses for speakers at their meetings.

• £100 to the Tipton Times to upgrade their computer to help with easier printing.

Councillors rejected applications from The King’s School, Ottery Flower Club and the Busy Otters Pre-School, saying the project either did not benefit the community enough or that funding could be better secured from other sources.

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