The Merchant’s House was among six applicants for grants totalling £13,000 which were unanimously approved at the latest meeting of the Marlborough Area Board (November 26.) This leaves £29,000 in the Board’s grants kitty for 2013-2014.
If this money is not awarded at the last two meetings (January and March) of the financial year it will go straight back into Wiltshire Council’s coffers and so will be lost to the Marlborough area.
Councillor Jemima Milton who chairs the area board, called on the area’s societies, sports clubs, youth groups and charities to put forward applications for grants as soon as possible.
The Marlborough Sports Club which runs the Cricket and Hockey Clubs’ pavilion at the Savernake Forest Ground off the London Road, was awarded £5,000 towards a new kitchen and catering facilities. The pavilion hosts post match refreshments for visiting teams all the year round.
Baydon Young People’s Association got £398 towards indoor tables for their Young People’s Hall. Minal Play have £5,000 to spend towards making an outdoor meeting area and playground in the village, not just for children but for the whole family.
Kennet Valley Hall has £600 towards replacing their emergency lighting. Kennet Valley Driving Group – based at Ogbourne Maisey – got £475.20 towards new driving equipment to allow more disabled users to drive carriages more safely.
And the seventeenth century Merchant’s House – one of Marlborough’s most important tourist attractions – was awarded £1,551 to help with the restoration of the window in the main stairwell. This provides light to the first and second floor landings as well as to the main staircase.
You can find details of the criteria for Area Board grants, guidance for applicants and links to the online application forms on the Wiltshire Council website.