Horbury Civic Society unveils new street name signs thanks to UKSPF grant

Thanks to a grant from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, Horbury Civic Society has installed the first batch of new street name signs around Horbury.

Graham Roberts, who initiated the project and designed the new signs, expressed his inspiration: “I have always admired the street name signs in London which carry a Borough crest, and I wanted to do something similar for Horbury. The new signs have been very well received, and this persuaded the Civic Society that we should try to commission many more.”

So far, twenty new signs have been installed by dedicated Horbury Civic Society volunteers. Additionally, a grant application has been submitted to hopefully fund twenty more signs. In the future, some of these signs will also feature QR codes linking to web pages that describe the history of each street, adding an educational element to the project.

The background to the project is that in August 2023, the Civic Society applied to the UKSPF for £10,750, which was matched with £2,750 from local sources, providing a total budget of £13,500. This funding was allocated across five projects aimed at revitalising the community:

  • Purple River: Planting a stream of 8,000 purple crocus bulbs in the town's largest park.
  • PLACEMAKER: Installation of new street name signs.
  • Art in the Park: Creation of new tree stump carvings.
  • Redbox Gallery: New installations in the town's phone box gallery.
  • Picnic in the Park: A family festival designed to bring the community together.

The Society's efforts demonstrate the different types of interventions that can be made by civic societies to improve perceptions of an area and ultimately boost pride in the local community.