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£4,000 Available for Community Groups in Stokesley


6:01am 5th June 2013

A community group that has supported a wide range of community projects over the last eight years is on the look out for new schemes to back!

In the last 12 months the Stokesley and Villages Community Regeneration Group has supported a number of projects - including the Great Ayton Boxing Club, the River Leven Jubilee Bridge and the work being undertaken by the Stokesley Cycleways Group.   Around £4000 has been awarded to them by the area’s community partnership - and £3000 is available through the District Council’s ‘Investing in Communities’ Fund.

The group celebrates its eighth year next month – and wants to see as many local people as possible come along to the Annual General Meeting on June 5.

The meeting will include a presentation by John Moore, Chief Executive of Superfast North Yorkshire, on the rollout of superfast broadband across Stokesley and the surrounding villages. Under the terms of the contract awarded to BT in 2012, 90% of the population of North Yorkshire will have access to broadband speeds in excess of 25Mpbs by the end of 2014.

The AGM will give a picture of the progress made to date, details of the areas scheduled for upgrades and what can be done to help those communities that may not receive any significant improvements as a result of the initiative.

Cllr Bridget Fortune, Chair of the Group, said: “Over the last 12 months the Group has awarded a total of £4000 to a number of community projects across Stokesley and the surrounding villages. The AGM is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the efforts of the volunteers without whose help these projects would not have got off the ground – and to tell us what initiatives are on the horizon that we should be getting involved with.”

The AGM takes place at 7.30pm at the Stokesley & District Community Care Association base in Town Close, Stokesley.

For further information contact Peter Cole, Business & Communities Officer on 01609 767212 or peter.cole@hambleton.gov.uk.

The Stokesley & Villages Community Regeneration Group is one of five well- established community partnerships across Hambleton which seeks to identify and respond to local needs and aspirations in order to improve economic, social and environmental well-being.

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