Castleford Heritage Trust (CHT) has been awarded a total of £18,000 to extend its programme of events and activities in the community.

The sum, which is made up of £10,000 from National Lottery Awards for All and £8,000 from the Live Well Wakefield Small Grants Fund, will be used to extend the term of its current Community Involvement Manager, and to employ an additional Project Support Officer.

The Trust plans to introduce new regular events and activities at its Queen's Mill base and out in the community, with the aim of bringing people together, improving wellbeing, creating new social opportunities, increasing awareness of the town's history and expanding upon its education and outreach work.

CHT Community Involvement Manager, Jennifer Catch, said: “Our intention is to help people in our community connect with those around them, be active, be aware of their local environment, learn new things and to share their valuable time and skills for the benefit of the community.”

The trust's volunteers have been working on the conversion of Queen's Mill into a community facility and CHT now believes it is in a position to open up the Victorian former flour mill to more events and activities.

The first of these will start in January 2019 in the form of a weekly social club, open to people of all ages and offering activities such as boccia bowling, games, quizzes, arts and crafts, and local history/reminiscence sessions.

“We know that many people in our area are looking for opportunities to get together, meet new people and enjoy a bit of company, so we hope this project will help meet those needs,” said Jennifer.

The trust will also provide a free door-to-door minibus service to get people to Queen's Mill and back home afterwards.

Commenting on the award of the grants, Jennifer said: “We are delighted to have the support of the National Lottery and Live Well Wakefield to extend what we can offer to our community.

“There is so much community spirit in Castleford, from the people who come to our events at Queen's Mill, to our volunteers who show such amazing commitment and enthusiasm.

“This funding will help us continue the vital work of bringing the community together, building on the town's rich history, celebrating our lives today and making a positive difference to the town for the benefit of future generations.”

For more information, please call CHT on 01977 556741.