Knight School wins quest for £3,000 grant

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A Rutland group which teaches children about morals and respect has won a £3,000 grant.

Knight School Rutland was short listed for the Lloyds Bank community fund which aims to support charities and good causes around the country.

It was chosen from hundreds of entries and was one of two projects in the East Leicestershire region, which included Rutland, to receive a £3,000 grant after securing public votes.

Oakham All Saints Scout Group missed out on the top prize but will get £300 along with the Belvoir castle Cricket Trust. Melton Mowbray Cricket Club won the other £3,000.

Chairman of Knight School Rutland, Bob Wallace, was thrilled with the news.

He said: “Our classes run entirely on public donations so the Lloyds grant was a great opportunity for us to raise some extra money to keep the sessions going.”

Volunteers currently run sessions in Oakham, Whissendine and Edith Weston. They are based on medieval principles of chivalry and respect. Children who perform well in the weekly sessions are then invited to a special knighting ceremony.

Mr Wallace said: “The money will be a great help and will go towards buying costumes and staging our knighting ceremonies,

“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us by volunteering to run the sessions and voting for us to receive this grant.”

Next term the group will launch a new class at Kendrew Barracks in Cottesmore.

Four other local groups were short listed for a community grant.

The Travers Foundation in Gretton, which provides sports opportunities for young people, and the Welland Division of Girlguiding, which includes rainbow, brownie and guide groups in and around Stamford, each received £300. They were beaten to the top prize in the East Northamptonshire area by 2nd Raunds Scout Group and the 858 Rushden Air Training Corps.

The West End Wildcats in Stamford and Linchfield Primary School, Deeping St James, also received £300 each.

Inspireplus, which promotes sport in schools in Grantham, and the Grantham Journal Christmas Cracker Appeal, which aims to send 10 terminally-ill children to Lapland, won the top prizes in the South Kesteven