Community groups to continue at St Mary's

ACTIVITIES at a Batley community centre have had their future secured after Kirklees Council put in nearly £29,000.

The cash, for St Mary’s Social Club and Parochial Hall at Crossbank, came from the authority’s community partnership fund.

It seals the future of the club’s two singing troupes, four dance sessions and a weekly family history group.

Grants of £9,658 a year are to be paid for the next three years, a move welcomed by club secretary Denis Walsh.

He said: “This is very generous funding. It’s been awarded because of the benefits people get from our activities.

“Every time someone joins a singing group, comes to a dance, or attends a class of any sort, it’s getting them out.

“They’re in good company, can make new friends, get some exercise or share an interest with like–minded people.”

Meanwhile, the singing group is back in action after the summer break and is looking for newcomers.

Called Singing for Fun, it meets at St Mary’s every Wednesday from 7pm and is an off–shoot of an afternoon session.

Mr Walsh, a member of both troupes, said: “We’re looking for people who’d like to sing – but perhaps never thought they could.

“Experienced singers are very welcome, but those who’ve never sung in a group before will get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

“We started our evening session after people said work commitments meant they couldn’t join the afternoon group.”

For more details on activities at St Mary’s call ring Denis Walsh on 01924 503758.

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