The Christmas spirit will twinkle brighter in Ashhurst this year thanks to a $15,000 grant.
The money has come from Meridian Energy's Te Apiti Community Fund which has supported community projects in Ashhurst and Woodville since 2009.
“The Ashhurst community has celebrated the festive season for a number of years with a beautiful array of lights across the town,” Ashhurst Community Trust trustee Chris Mitchell said.
“Last year the lights had deteriorated so much we could no longer use them. We received countless requests to bring them back, so we are really happy Meridian has been able to help us purchase the new lights.”
Chairman of the community fund panel, Russell Thomas, said: “The lights give Ashhurst a real identity, bringing people together each year to celebrate their community.”
Meridian has decided to continue the fund for a second three-year stint - $100,000 was available in the first three years of the scheme; that amount has been increased to $120,000 for the next three. Projects supported since 2009 included environmental conservation, volunteer emergency services, community events and heritage restoration.
The next round of applications to the fund are due September 18.
The fund has also granted $25,000 to the Woodville Upgrade Residents Group to help buy a sculpture to celebrate the town. That grant is dependent on other funding requirements being met.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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