Community organisations are to receive a funding boost following a meeting to involve a village in deciding how public cash should be spent.

Seven groups will share a total of £1,170 to be distributed by Oxenhope Parish Council, following last week’s participatory budgeting meeting. It was the first time the parish council had operated this initiative, which aims to give residents more influence over issues that affect them.

Representatives from organisations that applied for funding staged presentations at the meeting.

Four of the groups – Oxenhope Youth Club, Friends of Oxenhope School, Oxenhope Football Club and Oxenhope Social Club – then received the full sums of cash they had applied for.

Three other organisations – Fibre Valley, Oxenhope Cricket Club and Oxenhope under fives pre-school – received part of what they had bid for.

Parish council vice-chairman Councillor Tony Maw said: “I think it went very well.

“We heard some good presentations and all the groups were able to receive some funding.”