Jubilant groups to receive grant help

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Patriotic council bosses are putting together a pot of money to help community groups celebrate the Jubilee and Olympic year.

Councillors at Derbyshire Dales District Council are set to approve the proposal to create a £10,000 grant scheme.

The Derbyshire Dales 2012 Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Fund will be a celebration of the country’s bumper year of festivities.

The scheme will provide funding for the staging of events, the purchase or hire of equipment, the purchase of memento or commemorative items in the community and entertainment.

Only organisations which do not exist to make a profit will be eligible to apply for grant funding, such as community groups, town and parish council’s, event organisers and registered charities.

Groups throughout the area are excitedly hurrying themselves in preparation for the mass celebrations.

Matlock Town Council is planning a party in the park on June 4 to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee featuring live music and entertainment.

It also plans to purchase a milestone to mark the route the Olympic torch will take when it passes through the town in June.

Cllr Sue Burfoot is on the town council’s community working party, which is planning both events.

“We wanted the party in the park to really be a community based event,” she explained.

“We’re going to make sure it isn’t commercial.

“What we’re hoping for is that local artists and musicians will go round and entertain people and we’re asking people to bring their families and have picnics.”

Grants of between £50 and £200 will be available for applicants.

Cllr David Barker, who is chairman of the town council’s working party, said: “We will be applying for it.

“I’m pleased that they are making a gesture.”

He questioned how far the money would go split between all the community groups in the Dales.

“I’m sure it will be welcome though,” Cllr Barker continued.