Bonfire Raises Thousands for Community

Community groups in the South Milford area are celebrating after receiving thousands of pounds raised by one of North Yorkshire’s largest fireworks displays.

The 2016 Osgoldcross and Elmet Rotary Club Bonfire and Firework Display raised £30,000, which was distributed among the groups that helped at the event in November.

More than 300 people volunteered at the annual display, in South Milford, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year.

Bob Kirton, chair of the South Milford Bonfire Committee, said: “More than 300 people helped at various stages of the weekend.

“It is not possible to run the event without the support of local businesses, community groups, volunteers and local residents.

“We really want to thank them for all their support over the years.”

South Milford Community Primary School and South Milford Pre-School Playgroup received a total of £4,300 from the event. Melanie Lawrence, head teacher at South Milford Community Primary School, said the school had used the money to buy new books for the children.

More than 4,000 people attended last year’s spectacular display, which saw around 3,000 fireworks light up the night sky.

The bonfire is organised and run with help from several village groups and has raised more than £300,000 since it began in 1993, with proceeds helping to buy computer equipment for the school, new practice nets for the cricket club, new seating for the church and much more.

This year will see the event mark its 25th anniversary, with plans under way to ensure that the occasion is celebrated in style.

The display will take place on Saturday November 11 in South Milford.

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Here is a full list of the recipients of the £30,000 raised by the 2016 display:

  • Swan Croft Sports Association (£1,000)
  • Osgoldcross and Elmet Rotary Club (£1,500)
  • Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Association (£3,600)
  • Monk Fryston C of E Primary School (£3,700)
  • South Milford Community Primary School and South Milford Pre-School Playgroup (£4,300)
  • South Milford Cricket Club (£2,700)
  • South Milford Football Club (£2,300)
  • South Milford and Monk Fryston Churches (£2,200)
  • South Milford Memorial Playing Fields Association (£3,000)
  • South Milford Guides, Brownies and Rainbows (£1,000)
  • Sherburn in Elmet Scout Group (£2,000)
  • Sherburn in Elmet Community Association (£2,700)