Two years after the district council announced it would cut all funding towards Grantham’s three key community events, it has agreed to put up a pot of £10,000.
In October 2013, South Kesteven District Council announced it would pull £13,000 funding from the Grantham Carnival and Events Group, £6,000 of which was spent on the June carnival and the remaining £7,000 split between Christmas on the Green and St George on the Green.
At the time, committee chairman Roy Wright slammed SKDC for its “abysmal” actions and said the town deserves better, while the council’s head of community assets Paul Stokes said the local authority could not justify funding the Christmas fun day in Grantham when they do not exist in other towns in the district.
Now, the council has given its full support back to the events, which are enjoyed by thousands of families each year.
Councillor Linda Wootten, portfolio holder for leisure, arts and culture, said: “We have supported the events for many years now and it is quite clear that without our continued financial backing they would falter.
“The events draw many people into the town centre, which not only boosts the local economy but also provides a sense of occasion and tradition. Therefore it is for those reasons we are pleased to have approved the funding and will continue to work with the Grantham Carnival and Events Group going forward.”
Of the £10,000 put up, £6,000 will be spent on the 2016 Grantham Carnival, with the remaining £4,000 going towards Christmas on the Green, on Sunday, November 29. Funding will be reviewed on an annual basis. The group will fund-raise to put on St George on the Green.
Mr Wright said he was “more than delighted” with the news.
He added: “I’m delighted that the council has decided to continue with support for the Grantham Carnival and Events Group.
“We shall continue to organise events in the way we always have, keeping people happy and bringing them into town. Community spirit is important.”
** This year’s Christmas on the Green is set to be better than ever, with live entertainment, a Santa’s grotto, Winter Wonderland...and fireworks! See next week’s Journal for more details.