Grants boost for town groups

Friends of Fryston Woods have been awarded a �9,900 grant, pictured are Paul Robertsn with leaflet, Steve Yates, Sally Holdsworth WDH, Lorna Malkin, Alison Drake and Wendy Rayner.  (p607a248)
Friends of Fryston Woods have been awarded a �9,900 grant, pictured are Paul Robertsn with leaflet, Steve Yates, Sally Holdsworth WDH, Lorna Malkin, Alison Drake and Wendy Rayner. (p607a248)
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TWO community groups in Ferry Fryston are set to tell their stories thanks to grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Friends of Fryston Woods and Fryston Amateur Football Club (AFC) have each received grants from the HLF’s All Our Stories scheme, which was launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story and aims to help communities celebrate their heritage.

Members of Fryston AFC, which has won �5,000 from the lottery to make an anniversary DVD about the club. L-R Stuart Leach (treasurer),Neil senior (sec),Kim Davison ( committee member),Tony Burton (Pres.) and Trevor Adamson (manager and committee member)

Members of Fryston AFC, which has won �5,000 from the lottery to make an anniversary DVD about the club. L-R Stuart Leach (treasurer),Neil senior (sec),Kim Davison ( committee member),Tony Burton (Pres.) and Trevor Adamson (manager and committee member)

The Friends group has received £9,900 which it will use to buy digital recording equipment so it can tape people’s memories of the woods, to create a learning resource for the community, while Fryston AFC won £5,300, which it will use to create a DVD charting the history of the club called Coals, Goals and Ashes.

Jacqui Yates, chairman of the Friends group, said: “We are really excited about this grant. The community will be involved in rediscovering the past, seeing just how special and historical our woodlands are and understanding that the past can tell us we have a future. We sincerely hope that many more people will be using the woodland for many generations to come.”

Jacqui said the Friends group is already working with students from Sheffield Hallam University to record local people’s memories, and the digital record it creates thanks to the grant will be available for use at Fryston Community Centre, as well as on its website, and hopefully on a DVD or CD.

Stuey Leach, treasurer of Fryston AFC, which was established in 1910, said: “We love our club and are proud of its history. We are all really excited about sharing our heritage with the surrounding community.”