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Primetime appeal for another venue

Published on Monday, 29th April 2019

Primetime - New Age Kurling

A council initiative which aims to reduce isolation and loneliness through physical activity in village or community halls is on the lookout for another venue.

Hambleton District Council has recently secured funding from Tesco’s Bags for Help to set up a new Primetime Group in an area that currently doesn’t have one. 

Primetime sessions are for any age or ability but particularly those looking for social interaction.   Each session combines Boccia, a game similar to bowls, and New Age Kurling, similar to the Kurling that is played on ice but using stones with ball-bearings so it can be played on a wooden or carpeted floor. 

The overall objective of the scheme is that it becomes self-sustaining and run by the community. It starts with a 12 week block of coached sessions which includes the cost of a coach and room hire and the grant also enables the council to provide the group with their own set of equipment.   

If you are a member of a local group and would interested in piloting a Primetime Group in your local area, please contact Joe McKechnie (Inclusive Sports Officer) on 01609 767261 or by email

  • There are currently eight Primetime groups currently being delivered across Hambleton who every so often meet with other groups to further their social activity:
  • Tholthorpe       Monday - 10am-12pm            Tholthorpe Vlllage Hall
  • Stillington        Monday -  1:30pm-3:30pm      Stillington Village Hall
  • Great Ayton    Tuesday - 10am-12pm            Methodist Church Hall
  • Topcliffe          Tuesday - 1:30pm - 3:30pm    Topcliffe Village Hall
  • Thirsk              Thursday - 9:30am-11:15am   St James Church Hall
  • Husthwaite      Friday -     10am-12pm            Husthwaite Village Hall
  • Northallerton   Friday -     10am-12pm            Age UK, Zetland Street
  • Stokesley        Friday -     1:30pm-3:30pm      Town Close