A GENEROUS grant helped a St Helens community group to stage an old-fashioned village fete.
The Bygone Billingers were able to book a brass band, a Punch and Judy show and morris dancers after securing a £500 cash boost from The Co-operative’s Community Fund.
The benevolent fund is created by members of The Co-operative Group who elect to donate all, or part of their twice-yearly dividend payments directly to the scheme.
The funds are then shared with local community projects and groups, such as the Bygone Billingers.
Patricia Darbyshire, from the community group, said: “Thanks to this generous grant we were able to secure some fantastic entertainment for our fete, which really captured the growing sense of community spirit here in Billinge.”
Co-operative members receive a payment twice a year based on the points they earn when they trade at any of the Group’s businesses.
Lynne Darbyshire, from The Co-operative Group, said: “Because our members own the business, they get a share in any of the profits we make. It’s a scheme we’re very proud of, not only because it gives us the chance to thank members for shopping with us, but because so many people choose to give something back to local communities.
“There is around £200,000 available in this region each year from the Community Fund, and we welcome applications from local groups and projects for anything from £100 to £2,000.”
To apply for funding call 0161 827 5879 or go online at: www.co-operative.coop/communityfund