Community Partnership Working

Bentley Colliery Cricket Club

The Bentley Ward Community First panel 'Bentley Together', has given the club three grants in successive years which has enabled the club to provide much needed covers for the pitch and ensure that all the schools in the area benefit from cricket coaching provided by the qualified coaches associated with Bentley CCC.  The picture captures local boys and girls celebrating their engagement in cricket coaching against the background of the pitch covers.


Bentley C.C.C were able to purchase a set of wicket covers to assist the club through the CDF Grants. This has benefited the whole club with all are teams being able to play cricket for  a full season without having to call off a single game. The club is extremely proud of the new covers and the two Men's teams are both currently in great positions for promotion in there League Divisions, The Juniors have also been able to play great cricket throughout the season.

Bentley C.C.C have been able to continue their School Visits with the help of CDF Grants, With this funding we have been able to offer a full programme of sessions in the Don Valley secondary school pyramid.  Many of the children are then invited to play in the junior teams thus increasing active participation within our family orientated cricket club.  

Rupert Wilcox (Club Secretary)

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Bentley West End Junior FC

The club received a Community First grant from the Bentley Ward panel towards the cost of equipment and on the day of the Bonanza took part in a mini competition and coaching session. Donny Dog, the Rovers mascot was there and the group can be seen holding the FA Division 1 trophy won by Doncaster Rovers FC in season 2012-13.


Bentley Pinfold

This is a feature associated with the renovation of the Pinfold on Finkle Street, Bentley.  The work on transforming this historical monument was initiated by GGB (Growing a Greater Bentley) a locally based voluntary group who have undertaken a number of environmental projects in the Bentley area.  The 'Bentley Together' Community First Panel provided a grant towards the renovation of the Pinfold, and details about how the project evolved are contained in the article which can be accessed from the blog below from Adam Howard.

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 Homestead Kids Club

A group photograph of the Homestead Kids Club outing to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster.  The visit was made possible thanks to a grant from the Bentley Together Community First Panel.


Lauren Younge and Tia Hitchens proudly show off the Dance Certificate they received in Sheffield following extensive tuition from a dance tutor at the Homestead Kids Club funded by the Community First Panel

- Margaret Bates, a volunteer at the Homestead Communal Hall in Bentley expressed her thanks for the grant received from the Community Development Foundation.

Pavilion Summer Club 2012

The project was to run a holiday club during the summer holidays of 2012 using the Olympics as inspiration.  On each day the multi sports sessions included a variety of Olympic sports to give young people a taster of different sports, these included athletics (races, hurdles, shot putt), gymnastics, trampolining, badminton, Volleyball, rounders, and Kwik Cricket.  The art & craft sessions brought a different strand to the programme of activity which included painting, origami, paper weaving, styrograph, pom pom making, and friendship bracelet making.

The programme overall was a great success, the “throughput” of children attending a session during the programme was 497.

Pavilion Gymnastics Bonanza Competition 2012

A Gymnastics competition was held as part of the Bentley Bonanza for local young people to demonstrate their gymnastics abilities including floorwork (forward rolls, backward rolls, cartwheels etc.), trampette (somersaults), and vaulting (handsprings).  Each competitor was then awarded either a bronze, silver, or gold medal.

Bentley Community Fireworks Display 2013

With help from a Community First grant, The Friends of Bentley Park and Pavilion organised and delivered this hugely successfully annual event after the local council withdrew due to public sector cuts.

An estimated 3500 local residents attended the event which included fairground rides, a stage with performances from local bands and of course the spectacular firework display.

Community Equipment 

The Friends of Bentley Park and Pavilion have established a central base of equipment for community events.  It includes tables, chairs, gazebos, PA system, power generators, Hi-Vis steward vests, and donation buckets.  These have already been used to support such as Bentley bonanza, the community firework night, and Optima Community Fun day.  The equipment is available free to local community groups.