Yorkshire Dales communities benefit from park authority cash

Andrew Kettlewell of Raydale Preserves shows YDNPA chairman Carl Lis the new cooker.

Communities in the Yorkshire Dales have benefited from money from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).

Among to receive money was Keld Public Hall Committee which received £1,638 towards a new energy-saving multi-fuel stove.

Keld Public Hall is open during the winter months when the main tea room at Rukins campsite is closed.

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The refreshments, including homemade cakes, are provided by local volunteers, as a token of hospitality. They are available on a self-service basis with an honesty box for donations.

The family-owned Raydale Preserves business in Stalling Busk received £2,924 towards a boiling kettle.

This new equipment means the business can double its daily production of jams, chutneys and sauces. Raydale Preserves won support in part because it gives some of its profits to conservation projects on the family farm, as well as the fact that it opens a visitor centre during the summer.

Elsewhere, Kettlewell Village Hall received £10,000 from the SDF to help pay for a modernisation of its toilets, including a new disabled toilet, as well as shower facilities.

The Ravenstonedale Community and Heritage Centre received £9,456 to help pay for the refurbishment of the first floor of the former High Chapel, a Grade II listed building acquired by the Parish Council in 2010.

People being warmed by the new stove in Keld Public Hall.

YSNPA sustainable development officer Andrea Burden said: “These were 4 out of a total of 28 worthy projects to receive SDF money in the financial year, 2016-17.

“Broadband schemes attracted a lot of support, but as you can see, we fund a whole range of projects, from toilets to preserves kettles.”

“The SDF’s budget of £175,000 has been maintained for the 2017/18 year.

“Please get in touch if you have a project idea or know someone that does, as the SDF may be able to help get the project off the ground.”

To enquire about the SDF call 01969 652337, email SDF@yorkshiredales.org.uk or visit http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/living-and-working/sdf