Lancashire community projects to share £5.7m lottery payout bonanza

Forton Primary School is to be given �9,000 from the lottery as part of a project for an outdoor obstacle course, pictured are Harry and Izzy

Forton Primary School is to be given �9,000 from the lottery as part of a project for an outdoor obstacle course, pictured are Harry and Izzy

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Community projects and schools across Central Lancashire have been given a share of more than £5.7m in lottery cash.

From chicken runs and outdoor classrooms to trips away for youngsters, the Big Lottery Fund money will support organisations across the North West.

Michael with Stevie at Forton Primary School which is to be given �9,000 from the lottery as part of a project for a chicken run

Michael with Stevie at Forton Primary School which is to be given �9,000 from the lottery as part of a project for a chicken run

In Callon, Preston, young people have been given a boost to try to reduce involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour.

Callon Community Kids Club has been awarded £10,000, which will be used to provide sports activities, day trips and a residential visit.

It is hoped to offer “diversionary activities”, and the news has been celebrated by local leaders.

Coun Martyn Rawlinson, who represents Fishwick ward, said: “It’s fantastic news.

The kind of bodies they normally apply to like councils and grant funders, their finances have been drying up like everyone else’s

Coun Martyn Rawlinson

“The kind of bodies they normally apply to like councils and grant funders, their finances have been drying up like everyone else’s.

“To get £10,000 towards their activities is a really good amount to carry on doing what they have been doing for years.

“It is diversionary activities for kids from the whole area, and it gives them something positive to do rather than something negative, which is what can very easily happen.”

Forton Primary School has been awarded £9,009, which will be used to build an obstacle course and a chicken run in the school’s grounds.

Leyland Methodist Junior School  is receiving �10000 for an outdoor classroom, pictured are Kev Rothwell and Kathryn Melling with Catherine, Olivia, Evie and Grace with the sculpture of Aslan

Leyland Methodist Junior School is receiving �10000 for an outdoor classroom, pictured are Kev Rothwell and Kathryn Melling with Catherine, Olivia, Evie and Grace with the sculpture of Aslan

Headteacher Lorna Boase said: “Our grounds are beautiful and we have got a huge amount of space and we are developing our grounds for learning. The lottery grant is for a chicken run – we’ve hatched our own chicks and the children will be responsible for them.

“When they start laying we will sell the eggs, and the money will pay for their food.

“We’ve also got funding for an obstacle course, but the structures are very simple so they can be used for other things.

“There’s an ‘up and over’, which could be used to make a den.

“We are very pleased, we want our learners to be very active and creative, and part of what we are working on is the creative thinking side and problem solving.”

Leyland Methodist Junior School is to receive £10,000, towards creating an outdoor learning zone and new path or “trim trail” leading to it. Year Three teacher Kevin Rothwell said the theme of the path would be Narnia, and would include wooden sculptures.

He said: “There’s a lot of outdoor land that’s pretty much unused for a lot of the year because of the weather, and we wanted to be able to utilise the space. The bid was accepted because the aim is to encourage others in the local area to come and use the project.

“The outdoor classroom is going to have an all-weather canopy, so it’s all year round.

“It’s utilising the space we have available.”