Council cash makes a difference for two villages

Council cash helps two communities
From L – R: Cllr Nigel Knapton (Ward Member), Cllr Matt Cliff (Parish Councillor) Cllr Malcom Taylor (Ward Member), Cllr Paula Thompson (Ward Member), Alison Pollock (Parish Clerk) and Gemma Chapman with local children.

Two villages have received over £10,500 from Hambleton District Council’s ‘Making a Difference Fund’ to help improve their communities.

Following a village survey, Aldwark Area Parish Council realised that children under the age of six were not catered for by their play existing equipment. With their grant of £6809 they have added a new team swing, slide, combined den/climbing frame and safety flooring to make sure the area is now suitable for children of all ages and abilities, including those from neighbouring villages.

In Tholthorpe, the £3,738 received by Tholthorpe Follies has replaced old stage lighting and seen the installation of a permanent sound system in the village hall. This will not only improve the group’s own productions but help visiting shows - which will boost and enhance activities in the village. The events in the village hall are a lifeline not only for those in Tholthorpe but also in neighbouring communities.

Councillor Mark Robson, Leader of Hambleton District Council said: “Many families are facing social isolation in villages as a result of poor transportation links and a lack of facilities.

“These two projects are great examples of how council cash can be fed back into the community it serves to make a direct and real difference however big or small.”

Published: 31st October 2022

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