Youth funding group winds up

CIVIC leaders have expressed their disappointment at the demise of Filey Youth Foundation – a long-established body that distributed funds to local young people.

Current chairman Cllr David Murton said it had become “very difficult” to market the scheme and get young people to apply for grants to help them develop skills in sport and other activities.

He said: “Members decided to wind it up because we felt there were better ways of distributing this money.”

The balance of the fund – which is itself made up of grants from organisations such as Filey Town Council – currently stands at £522.06.

County and borough councillor Mike Cockerill said: “It’s very sad, because I was there at the start of it. It took off when ‘Chick’ Johnson was mayor. Back then we were inundated with candidates and there was some very hard judging.”

Town councillor John Haxby added: “We used to send two children every year to an Outward Bound camp, then the Sea Cadets came along along. It worked very well to start with but dropped off.”

Committee members must now decide on how best to dispose of the money to honour the aims of the group.