A THEATRICAL production to commemorate the end of the First World War is among the projects to benefit from a £8,000 funding pot.

Earlier this year, The 3 Towns Area Action Partnership (AAP) invited groups and organisations in Crook, Willington, Tow Law and surrounding villages to apply for a Holiday Activity Grant. Elven applications were submitted and, this week, the AAP revealed the eight successful projects.

The team at Jack Drum Arts were thrilled to be awarded £980 to pay for a cultural trip to London. The Crook-based community interest company recently secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s #iwill campaign, administered by County Durham Community Foundation, to stage a play to commemorate the end of the First World War. This will be performed in Hamsterley Forest in November, and is inspired by work with Burn the Curtain theatre company.

The AAP grant will allow members of Jackass Youth Theatre to visit the Imperial War Museum as part of their research.

Helen Ward, managing director of Jack Drum Arts, said: “The Imperial War Museum has the best collection in the country. I felt it was really important that the young people had the opportunity to go and be inspired by what they see and discover there. Without the Holiday Activity Grant we would not be able to afford the travel and accommodation costs.”

The other successful organisations are: Natural High, awarded £660 for performing arts workshops inspired by the musical Hairspray; Pre-school Learning Alliance, awarded £902 for healthy family cooking sessions; Durham Wildlife Trust, awarded £1,320 for wildlife workshops and craft activities; Mischief Makers, awarded £1,342 for craft and magic sessions; Willington Youth AFC, awarded £1,000 for holiday football camps; Spectrum Leisure Centre, awarded £1,162 for 29 holiday activity sessions including sports, board games, arts and crafts, roller skating and bouncy castles; and Crook Town AFC Youth, awarded £628 for football sessions for three to six-year-olds.

Sandy Denney, AAP coordinator, said: “The panel felt that the variety of activities provided by these projects across the area would give children and young people a range of opportunities for the summer holidays.”