A new project to open up and restore a neglected graveyard and turn it into a community asset has won a £1,000 grant.
Aviva announced volunteers at the Friends of Farsley Reheboth as the first winners of their latest Community Fund competition.
Farsley Rehoboth’s project is to take the badly neglected graveyard which has been closed to relatives and family for 11 years with no right of access into a community asset open to all. This includes full access to war graves on the site.
The grant will help with materials and insurance so that the work can start and the volunteers who will carry out the work with be fully protected.
The Farsley Rehoboth Baptist Burial Ground was a place of internment from 1785 to 2000 and reflected the growth of Farsley and, in particular, its textile industry with many prominent residents buried there.
The Friends said on Twitter:
“Thanks to all who voted for our project in the Aviva community Awards. We have been notified today that we are a finalist and a winner in our category.”
Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew welcomed the Friends’ grant – as well as one gained by West End Primary in Horsforth.
Mr Andrew said:
“It is wonderful to see that these projects have been granted funding. Both of the causes are more than worthy of the awards and I look forward to seeing the impact of the prize money.
“I would encourage other schools to apply for schemes such as this as the provide an invaluable opportunity for the children.”
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