Villagers hope to bag grant funding

Church warden Derek Clabburn and treasurer Richard Greenwood at St Mary's Church in Thornton-in-Craven.
Church warden Derek Clabburn and treasurer Richard Greenwood at St Mary's Church in Thornton-in-Craven.

West Craven villagers are hoping to seize the moment to land a sack full of cash - but need your votes to do it.

Residents of Thornton-in-Craven are appealing for a vote from supermarket shoppers after being shortlisted for a grant for important repairs to the village churchyard.

St Mary’s Church stands to gain by up to £12,000 from the Bags of Help community project run by Tesco and the Groundwork charity with money raised from the 5p bag charge which was introduced throughout England last October.

Church treasurer Richard Greenwood is hoping weekend shoppers will spare a thought for the project and allow the village to grab the grant opportunity with both hands.

He said: “We know we have been shortlisted for a grant but the amount depends on how many votes we get from local shoppers.

“The original burial ground was massively extended in the early 1900s but it has been neglected for many years.

“With the assistance of this grant, we could renew existing damaged walls and fences, extend and improve access pathways and remove overgrown trees and bushes.

“It’s a quiet and beautiful spot, with glorious views across the Dales, and the grant would make such a welcome difference.”

All shoppers at the Tesco superstores in Skipton and Clitheroe will be invited to vote any time up until Sunday, March 6th.

The churchyard appeal is one of three community projects in each of hundreds of the store’s regions throughout England and Wales.