Swaledale community gets new shed

Ralph Court, Dorothy Beal and John Blackie open the new Fremington shed.

By Tracy Little

The volunteers who manage a recently refurbished Swaledale village hall are delighted with the latest addition to their facilities – and the reason behind it.

Fremington village hall, known locally as Fremington Sunday School after its former existence, is used by a wide variety of community groups ranging from the bridge club, yoga, WI and family history group to the more energetic Irish dancing, keep fit and family fitness sessions.

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The Swaledale Marathon, Reeth Show, Young Farmers and the parish choir hold functions there and it is also popular for private parties.

An increase in the number of regular groups meant that storage space for equipment was becoming an issue but a grant from the North Yorkshire County Council Upper Dales Locality Fund has helped solve the problem with £800 towards the cost of buying and installing a roomy shed to securely house bulky items.

Members of many of the user groups attended the official opening last week by County Councillor John Blackie who manages the fund.

Many tributes were also paid to the late Richard Beal, the district councillor who had helped to facilitate the project, and who was represented by his widow, Dorothy.

Cutting the ribbon, Coun Blackie commented on the important role the hall played in the local community and quipped that this was the first time in his 22 years of council involvement that he had been invited to open a shed!

The chairman of Fremington Village Trust, Ralph Court, thanked all the committee members and volunteers who had made the work possible and those responsible for processing the grant application in a record five days!

For enquiries about booking the hall or about any of the groups which meet there, contact Julie Allen, email FremingtonVillageHall@outlook.com or phone 07704 872873.