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Countdown is on for Rural Volunteer Awards entry deadline
WITH only two days to go until the closing date, organisers have made a final call for nominations for Ryedale’s Rural Volunteer Awards.
Entries for the awards close on Friday but there is still time to put your community heroes forward to be recognised.
The awards scheme is run by Ryedale Voluntary Action and Rural Action Yorkshire, and supported by the Gazette & Herald, and recognises the vital difference dedicated volunteers make in Ryedale’s most isolated areas.
In 2012 the deserving winners included the Hovingham Action Group, who won the Rural Community Group of the Year award, and Wass Arts, who were honoured as the Rural Community Project of the Year.
The award for Village Hall of the Year went to Wilton, where Michael Hargreaves is secretary of village hall committee. Their award came for work to improve the hall with a new renovated kitchen and indoor toilets.
He said: “It became clear that in this day and age you cannot have people trailing across a back lawn to an outside loo in the middle of winter, and our kitchen was more like a ship’s galley.”
Through the hard work of Wilton’s dedicated volunteers, they managed to secure grants totalling £60,000 to fund the hall’s much needed renovations, he added, and work is well underway.
The award came as a surprise for all the volunteers, Mr Hargreaves added.
“We were pleasantly surprised to win but it was very welcome as we got £250 which helped with the renovations.”
The recognition the award brought has boosted the hall’s plans for the future, he added.
“That bit of recognition helps to secure more grants, so it is very welcome.”
The six awards categories open for nomination are: Village Hall of the Year, sponsored by Rural Action Yorkshire, Rural Community Group of the Year, sponsored by Rural Voice, Rural Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by the Gazette & Herald, Rural Youth Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by McClarrons Insurance Ltd, Community Project of the Year, sponsored by Ryedale District Council, and the Green Award for Environment and Conservation, sponsored by HPE Printers.
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