Bainbridge, 3 June, 2019
Six community-led projects – ranging from theatre to buses to loos – have been realised in Wensleydale and Swaledale, with support from the National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.
Richmondshire Youth Theatre was able to put on two performances of ‘Last Dance of a Dalesman’ by Nobby Dimon this spring, and create a sound bank of local stories, with the help of a £4,674 grant.
Dalesbus’ ‘World of James Herriot’ service will be plying up and down Swaledale and Wensleydale every Sunday this summer, with £950 worth of support coming from the SDF to pay for promotional materials.
A grant of £2,193 has helped Askrigg Parish Council convert three toilets to provide one accessible unisex public toilet in the Temperance Village Hall, while a £1,997 SDF grant supported the Yorebridge Sports and Development Association as it developed a new website and marketing materials.
A new interpretation panel about the lead mining industry has been installed at Hall Green in Arkengarthdale, paid for in part with a £771 SDF grant.
To complete the half dozen, Hudswell Community Pub was able to put a £825 grant towards the purchase of beehives and bee keeping kit. It is hoped that the project will help with the pollinating population in and around Hudswell as well as provide a crop of honey to be sold through the pub’s ‘Little Shop’.
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Chairman Carl Lis said: “The community spirit in places such as Askrigg, Arkengarthdale and Hudswell is really strong, and the SDF is there to support local projects that help to make the National Park such a special place. It’s always a pleasure to meet dedicated people during launch or opening events and, with £175,000 in the SDF pot again for 2019/20, I can look forward to more such encounters this year.”