A DOZEN Teesdale groups have benefited from cash assistance from the Middleton Plus group in the past ten months.

As part of its project funded by the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund, Bishop Auckland College, County Durham Training and Enterprise Council and district and parish councils, £1,500 was set aside to offer support to local groups.

These groups had ideas for innovative or developmental projects which would benefit the people of the upper dale.

Four rounds of grant applications were invited and 23 groups responded.

The successful applicants and the amounts awarded were: Middleton Christian Churches Together (£117), WWJD Youth Club (£85), Upper Teesdale Social Group (£150), Middleton Drop-in Group (£68), Artworks (£150), Friends of Forest School (£150), Middleton Old Time Dance Club (£86), Teesdale Heritage Group (£150), Middleton Community School (£150), Middleton Outreach Project (£150), Middleton Boxing Club (£114) and Teesdale's Opportunities for Disabled Youngsters Scheme (£130).