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Thirsk Easingwold and Stokesley Get Share of £20,000 Cash


3:11pm 11th June 2013

A £20,000 cash pot awarded to 32 projects across Hambleton last year has levered a massive £150,000 in grant aid into the districts.

The Hambleton and Richmondshire Strategic Forum allocated the pot to community projects in the five areas of Hambleton - Northallerton, Easingwold, Bedale, Stokesley and Thirsk in its final year.  

And the money - which has gone to support volunteer-led projects - has paid for everything from new village hall windows and seating to play equipment and a youth venue.

"This money is vital to the success and sustainability of some of the small community projects underway across Hambleton," said Hambleton District Council Portfolio Holder for Customer Services and Asset Management, Councillor John Noone.  

"It levers in funding from a range of other sources enabling these schemes to go ahead.   We are proud of our contribution to the Strategic Forum - and to the support we are able to give to the wide range of voluntary groups across the district."

He said that each of the towns area partnerships had been allocated £3000 by the District Council to distribute during the next 12 months.      

Cash went to a range of projects including:

Easingwold - a timber steam engine climbing frame in Tollerton, new windows at Alne Village Hall  and improved seating at Sutton-on-the-Forest Village Hall 

Northallerton - equipment for Soupa troopa which provides food and support to vulnerable people,  equipment for Victim Support, signs for a trim trail at Northdale Horticulture and help to set up a Business and Retail Forum

Stokesley - a log walk at Crathorne, new play equipment in Middleton on Leven and restoration work on the memorial plaque at the bridge into Waterfall Park in Great Ayton

Bedale  -  fairground rides at the Christmas fair  and  Bedale Youth Venue refurbishment  

Thirsk - Canoeing and Kayaking equipment at Carlton Lodge, equipment at Thirsk Toy Library and sound insulation boards for the Hillside Scout Hut 

For further information on the Forum's existing grants contact Peter Cole, Business & Community Officer, on 01609 767212 or email peter.cole@hambleton.gov.uk


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