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Kilham Playing Fields Association secured wind farm fund money – so could your organisation

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People in and around Kilham have benefitted from improved leisure facilities thanks to funding from the Lissett Airfield Community Wind Farm Fund and so could many more sports clubs, with the fund open to applications again until 30 June 2017.

The Kilham Playing Fields Association made two bids to the fund, one in 2011 for £5,000 for new adventure play equipment and more recently in 2016 – receiving £8,748 towards its £12,498 project to create an all-weather court.

The association was founded in November 2009 by a group of volunteers with the aim of providing a playing field for the residents of Kilham. Over the past eight years, the association has provided a 10-acre field, which has grass tennis courts, a full-sized football pitch, a five-a-side pitch and older children's play park.

The funding application to the Lissett Airfield Community Wind Farm Fund is part of an overall project to provide an all-weather court in the village and paid for the high fence for the court.

This court will provide opportunity for a greater number of sports to be played, greater access to sports for disabled people and the opportunity for usage in more varied weather conditions.

David Sheader of Kilham Playing Fields Association said: "The playing field has become a real focus for the village over the past seven years, with regular fundraising events being held at the field and local pubs. "The two grant awards from Lissett have allowed us to complete large projects and drive the whole idea of sport in the village."The final award for the all-weather court fencing brought an end to over five years of funding for this key part of the playing field. It's been great to see football and tennis teams using the new court for practice as well as seeing kids just having a knock about after school."If we had not received the funding, we may have had to wait a further three years to complete the court, which would have put the whole court at risk as there is only so much good will and funding a small village can provide on their own."

Other sports organisations to have received funding since the start of the fund in 2011 include Beeford Lawn Tennis Club, Beeford Bowls Club, Beeford Cricket Club, Rudston Playing Fields Association, Burton Agnes Sports Club, Burton Agnes Bowls Club, Barmston Cricket Club, Brandesburton Petanque Club and Brandesburton AFC.

Councillor Jane Evison, chair of the Lissett Airfield Community Wind Farm Fund, said: "The funding that has been secured by Kilham Playing Fields Association over the years is an excellent example of how this fund is supporting local communities and improving facilities for local people. "I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the association's volunteers and commend them for their hard work and dedication. The positive results of their work are there for all to see and are enjoyed by people every day."The fund is now open for applications and I would urge community groups and parish councils in the East Wolds and Coastal Ward of the East Riding to look into the fund as a way of securing funding to bring projects forward."
Lissett Airfield Community Wind Farm Fund receives an annual donation from the energy provider Infinis Wind.

Scott Mackenzie, Infinis Wind Managing Director, said: "Infinis, through Lissett Airfield Wind Farm, are delighted to be contributing towards the projects at Kilham Playing Fields and local sports clubs. "Sports facilities and clubs bring communities together across the generations to enhance the lifestyle experience. We look forward to making further contributions to such worthy causes in the coming years."

For further information about the fund, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/lissett-fund or contact the fund administrator at ruralfunding@eastriding.gov.uk or call (01482) 391 695.

Photo(L to R) Councillor Jonathan Owen, Lissett Airfield Community Wind Farm Fund Panel, Councillor Jane Evison, chair of Lissett Airfield Community Wind Farm Fund Panel, Micah Gibson, David Sheader, Kilham Playing Fields Association, and David Stork, Kilham Playing Fields Association.