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Xpression cash boosts projects
FIVE lucky groups in Wyre Forest will benefit from a grant scheme to help them pursue their sports and arts dreams.
They have each been award-ed cash from Wyre Forest District Council’s Xpression grant fund, which is backed by The Shuttle and was set up to support sports, arts, heritage and environmental projects in the district.
It also incorporates the Ray Mercer Sporting Foundation, set up by The Shuttle in 1995.
The five groups received part of a £3,010 total share-out.
The Friends of St George’s Park was given £1,000 to set up a free children’s art and cultural event for youngsters up to the age of 12 years.
The Kidderminster Arts Festival Creatives will be putting on a new show about Kidderminster past and present with its £510 grant.
The show, to be held in August, will include monologues from people who used to work in the carpet industry, as well as poetry and songs.
Another applicant to receive a grant was Marc Potter from the Boars Head Gallery, Kidderminster.
He was given a £400 boost to set up a live paint jam outside the gallery as part of the Kidderminster Arts Festival to raise awareness of the arts in the town.
Stourport Hockey Club was given £600 to run a new initiative called Rush Hockey, which will be a new league for men, women and juniors. It is hoped the project will attract more people to the game and provide more competition opportunities for people living in the district.
Bewdley Tennis Club will be setting up a Lads and Dads Tennis initiative after scooping £500.
It will allow fathers and their sons – aged between four and 10 – to play tennis together in a bid to encourage bonding, development, quality time and confidence.
Conservative councillor Ian Hardiman, the district council’s cabinet member for community wellbeing and a member of the panel, said: “The Xpression Grant Sch-eme has helped various leisure activities over the last few years.
“This is fantastic for the community as it gives people the opportunity to get involved in something new.
“All the winners of this year’s funding are providing exciting activities for the community.”