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Funding boost for community plans in Ryedale
COMMUNITY projects in Ryedale are set to benefit from thousands of pounds from the district council.
Wilton Village Hall has received £10,000 towards the cost of an extension to the hall to provide toilets and a new kitchen. The move follows a parish survey which revealed the hall is the only community facility in the village, but is in need of upgrading.
Sarah Lally-Marley, funding advisor to Ryedale Voluntary Action (RVA), said: “It has brought the village closer together and as a result a number of new groups have been created including children’s arts and craft classes, a local history group and fitness classes for older residents, as well as a number of fundraising events.”
Because Wilton has no shop, post office or pub, the hall’s renovation has gone a long way to tackling the problems of rural and social isolation.
Fadmoor Village Hall has also benefited, with a grant from RDC’s new Community Investment Fund (CIF). It has received £10,000 towards its refurbishment, including a new heating system, windows and insulation, again resulting from a parish survey.
Ryedale Community Transport, which provides community transport services for people without their own car or unable to access public transport, has been given £21,000 through the CIF.
The CIF has also provided £13,030 to RVA for its funding advice service and a development worker, and £9,580 for the organisation’s volunteer centre.
Julian Rudd, the council’s head of economy, said the CIF had a fund of £247,826. “Ryedale District Council has a long tradition of supporting community development. Ryedale is the second most sparsely populated district in the country. It is also an area with notably low household incomes,” he said.