Richmond Information Centre moving to new home

Richmond's information centre.

Richmond’s information centre is moving home.

The volunteer run centre – which provides resources for both locals and visitors – will reopen in the town’s Market Hall once coronavirus restrictions permit.

The fitting out at the new location is being aided by a grant from the district council’s community investment fund (CIF).

Councillors awarded the scheme £4,892 to cover storage, desks and new leaflet racks.

The £300,000 CIF scheme funds community and social projects to improve facilities for local people.

For the past five years the facility has been based in the town’s library – but the move will improve accessibility to the public and increase the space ten-fold.

Nick Reckert, one of the volunteer coordinators of the centre, said: “The new centre will be about ten times larger which will give us much greater scope for publicising the area to visitors and serving the needs of local people too.

“We can also open seven days a week.

“It is a very exciting move for us.”

The organisation is supported by almost 30 helpers who act as ambassadors for Richmond and the Dales.

It receives no regular external funding and raises the money it needs to provide its services by creating and marketing various publications and guides.

The new centre has also received funding from Richmond Town Council, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Richmond Rotary Club. [kofi]

 

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  1. This is great news! In 1971 the town and castle celebrated its 900 years (York, in the same year celebrated 1900 years) and Dave Ball and others loved Richmond so much that they came up with ideas to celebrate this special year and helped bring tourism to the town!
    In 1973, the first Tourist Information Centre, a wooden building at the Friary Hospital end of Friary Gardens, was opened and I as a teenager still at school, became a volunteer along with many more locals
    I know there have been a couple of other sites but I think it now being sited in the Market Hall is a much better place for access for both locals and tourists without having to walk all of the way out to the library!

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