Isle funding project draws to a close

Claire Potter at the Old Rectory, Epworth. Picture: Andrew Roe
Claire Potter at the Old Rectory, Epworth. Picture: Andrew Roe

A five year funding programme which has supported community causes in the Isle of Axholme has drawn to a close.

The Northern Lincolnshire LEADER finished after providing £2.5m in funding to causes across the region.

The scheme contributed significant funds as part of a £1.6 million project to restore St Andrew’s Church in Epworth.

Money was also provided for an ambitious scheme to transform Epworth Old Rectory to how it looked more than 300 years ago when the Wesley family lived there.

Both projects are well on their way to completion.

A new LEADER programme is set to return in 2015 and will focus on creating jobs and growth in rural areas.

Crowle councillor John Briggs, cabinet member for asset management, culture and housing at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The LEADER programme has made a huge difference for rural communities in Northern Lincolnshire.

“Without this funding many of these groups and organisations wouldn’t have been able to improve their facilities.

“It is important that rural communities have these services available and with this funding they have been able to secure their future.

“It is fantastic the LEADER funding will be returning in 2015 in a new form that will focus on creating rural jobs and business growth.

“It has been proven that this programme makes a real difference and I’m sure many rural businesses will benefit from the next programme.”

Harvey Rudkin, chairman of the Local Action Group, which runs the fund, believes LEADER funding has been vital in ensuring the sustainability of community services and facilities,

He said: “The availability of LEADER funding in Northern Lincolnshire has meant that projects which might have struggled to access funding from elsewhere have been able to go ahead.

“Although the funding will be missed now the programme has ended, we are pleased that we have been able to help so many communities over the last five years.”

For more information about the LEADER programme visit the LAG’s website