Mirfield charity wins license bid

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A CHILDREN’S charity has secured its immediate future after Kirklees Council granted it an alcohol licence on the second time of asking.

Northorpe Hall Trust will be able to hold weekend functions after the council agreed to a license to serve alcohol, much to the anger of local residents.

The Trust, which provides support and mentoring to hundreds of disadvantaged children, is currently facing extensive funding cuts from Kirklees Council and hopes that by opening up its 17th Century barn for organised functions it can recoup some of that money.

The trust will now be able to hold ‘a couple’ of events per month, as well as more regular film and theatrical evenings during the week where alcohol will not be served.

In November last year, the licensing panel refused the application but the matter was brought back before the councillors due to a ‘procedural impropriety’.

After the meeting, Northorpe Hall manager Tom Taylor said: “I’m pleased and relieved. It’s been an anxious time for us.”

• Read the full story in Friday’s Mirfield Reporter.