Hawes’ Market House benefits from building society grant

Tim Larmour, from Newcastle Building Society's Hawes branch, Abbie Rhodes, from the Upper Dales Community Partnership, and Laura Dunn, from Market House.

Staff at a Hawes community building are celebrating after receiving a four-figure grant from the Newcastle Building Society community fund.

The Market House hosts a weekly indoor market every Tuesday, while the building is also home to craft fairs, exhibitions, concerts, sports, as well as meetings, playgroups and youth groups, and more.

The community building is being supported with a £3,000 grant from the Newcastle Building Society community fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, which offers grants to charities and community groups located in or around the communities served by the Society’s branch network.

The grant will go towards repairing a wall damaged by damp in the room that is leased by Hawes Youth Club.

Laura Dunn, administrator at Hawes Market House, said: “The Market House Trustees have supported the local youth club for many years, so being able to provide them with a suitable safe space for them to hold their group activities is very important to the Trustees.

“As well as supporting the youth club, activities such as our weekly mother and toddler groups and variety of sports activities all play an active role in fostering a sense of belonging among members of our community. We also work in partnership with the local A Good Life Project by providing a warm, welcome space that brings together groups of locals who may otherwise be at risk of loneliness and isolation.

“The grant from Newcastle Building Society’s community fund will enable to us to repair the wall that has been damaged by damp for a long time, and allow us to continue to support the younger members of the local community.”

Following the loss of its last bank, the Hawes branch of Newcastle Building Society was opened inside Hawes Community Office in 2019 in collaboration with the Upper Dales Community Partnership Ltd to help restore access to essential financial services to the community.

The branch shares space at the heart of the community with several vital local services, including the post office, a well-used volunteer bus service and the town’s library.

Tim Larmour, manager at Newcastle Building Society’s Hawes branch and who recently visited the community building, said: “Hawes Market House is a community hub with a clear purpose for the people of Hawes, and is very much situated at the heart of our local community.

“As a regional building society we recognise the value in keeping places like Hawes Market House alive, and that’s why we’re so pleased to be able to support the centre with this grant.”

Since its launch in 2016, Newcastle Building Society’s community fund has also contributed over £2.3m in grants and partnerships to a wide variety of charities and projects across the region, including the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Prince’s Trust.