Trustees representing the Eastwood Lads Club have presented £3,900 to local youth organisations, groups and individuals, following a decision to wind up the trust which was established in 1982.
Eastwood’s Mayor Cllr Hazel Charlesworth, and council colleague Keith Longdon, attended the presentation ceremony, which took place at the Dora Phillips Hall where cheques were presented to deserving recipients.
The trust’s chairman Derek Hickinbotham and fellow trustees Dorothy Wright, Marian Smith, and Mick Parkes, extended a warm welcome to the beneficiaries, their supporters and the special guests.
Mr Parkes enlightened those present by giving a potted history and an informative address which revealed how the Eastwood Ambulance Training Corps Trust began in the 1900s and was later known as Eastwood Lads’ Club, which was based in Church Street.
The Lads Club closed in 1967 and the original name of the Eastwood Training Corps was adopted as the name of the Trust Fund which has supported local groups,organisations and individuals, for 46-years.
The funds of the Eastwood Training Corps Trust was made up of monies left in the Lads Club accounts together with money from CISWO (Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation).
In the beginning the Trust was made up of representatives from CISWO, Eastwood Rotary Club, Eastwood Trades Guild, Eastwood Town Council, and Broxtowe Youth Officers, among others.
“From its foundation to closure in the 1960s most Eastwood families were connected in some way with the Lads Club,” said Mr Parkes.
Benefiting from the trust’s legacy were Eastwood Tennis Club to the tune of £350, Eastwood Town Juniors Football Club received £350, James Dipper £350, the 1st Greasley Scouts Group £750, 3rd Eastwood St Mary’s Scouts £400, 1st Eastwood Brownies £ 400, 1st Eastwood Guides £750, and 1st Greasley St Marys Guides £500.
Derek Hickinbotham who is chairman of the trustees presented a bouquet of flowers to Dorothy Wright in appreciation of her outstanding 46-years service, most of which has been as the trust’s secretary.
“The young people are the future of Eastwood and it is good to know that the remaining Trust funds have been distributed to benefit the thriving organisations that provide so much for their members,” said Marian Smith.
Eastwood Mayor Cllr Hazel Charlesworth praised the trustees and said: “Funding is very difficult to obtain and all credit to the Trust for giving their remaining monies to so many groups which make the Town tick.”