Addingham Civic Society honoured for work on games area

Craven Herald: From left, Brian Marsh, chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust, Laura Sandys MP, chairman of the APPG for Civic Societies, Housing Minister Kris Hopkins MP, Mike Bolton, trustee, Addingham Civic Society, Keith Appleyard, chairman of trustees From left, Brian Marsh, chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust, Laura Sandys MP, chairman of the APPG for Civic Societies, Housing Minister Kris Hopkins MP, Mike Bolton, trustee, Addingham Civic Society, Keith Appleyard, chairman of trustees

Addingham Civic Society visited the Houses of Parliament to receive an award recognising its outstanding contribution to the civic movement and fundraising for a village games area.

The society raised more than £125,000 for the multi-use games area (muga), which opened this year.

Now it has been honoured by the Marsh Christian Trust at a meeting of the 70-strong All Party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies.

Local MP and housing minister Kris Hopkins presented the award to society members Keith Appleyard and Mike Bolton, who managed the muga project.

Mr Hopkins said: “It was a proud moment for me, as the local MP, to welcome Mike and Keith to Westminster to receive this exceedingly well-deserved award on behalf of Addingham Civic Society.

“The multi-use games area is now a hugely cherished community resource and stands as a shining testament to the efforts of the wonderful volunteers behind it.”

The muga is in regular use and future plans include setting up a netball team with support from Netball England.

Chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust, Brian Marsh, said: “We set up the Marsh Civic Awards to recognise and support these sorts of grass roots volunteer initiatives and it’s a credit to the work done by Civic Voice volunteers that this year we needed to expand the number of awards we gave out.”

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