FOUR Cockermouth groups have been boosted by a local fund.

The Cockermouth and Papcastle Recreational Trust provides grants for the provision of recreation or leisure facilities.

The following town groups applied for funding and were successful: Festivals Group £400; Heritage Group £180; Junior Football Group £600 and Rugby Union Football Club £350.

Eric Apperley has been with the trust for 25 years - including the last 15 as chairman - and will be stepping down in October.

Councillor Alan Smith has been elected as chairman.

Anyone interested in serving on the committee should contact town council clerk Sheila Brown on 01900 821869.