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Winning friendships formed

Published on Thursday, 5th November 2015

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Five local communities came together last week to celebrate the first birthday of an initiative that helps to tackle the problem of isolation across rural areas.

Primetime’ was launched 12 months ago at Husthwaite Village Hall and since then it has been piloted in four more communities. It’s a programme of fun social activities which include Boccia and New Age Curling. 

Husthwaite, Hutton Rudby, Stillington, Stokesley and Topcliffe communities all now run their own successful sessions supported by Hambleton District Council and North Yorkshire Sport.

They all met up at Hambleton Leisure Centre to play a "Challenge Event” to celebrate the anniversary and popularity of the initiative.

“Primetime is about having fun and forming friendships,” said David Earl – Development Officer – Health and Wellbeing

“It is about people getting out of their homes and meeting up with other people. The time they spend with their friends during the sessions makes all the difference to them.

“It was fantastic to see so many turn up to this celebratory event and meet new friends from other villages. We now hope this event will show other communities the benefit of setting up a scheme and encourage them to come on board.”

Primetime was initially funded through North Yorkshire County Council’s ‘Innovation Fund’ and is operated by Hambleton District Council and North Yorkshire Sport.

For further details contact David Earl – Development Officer – Health and Wellbeing 01609 767202