Cash For Tour De France

Issued April 11, 2013

Richmondshire Councillors have given their support to next year’s visit by the Tour de France – to the tune of £55,000!

The ‘Grand Depart’ of the Tour spends three days in Yorkshire – taking in 44 miles of Richmondshire on July 5, 2014.    And although the exact route has not yet been announced, it enters the district by descending the Stake Pass into Bishopdale, and passes through Aysgarth, Bainbridge, Hawes, across the Buttertubs to Muker, Reeth, Leyburn, Middleham and East Witton.

Earlier this week (April 9) members of the District Councils Strategy Board agreed to allocate £55,000 for the cycle race – which includes £35,000 towards the staging fee required by the organising body Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO). 

“Having the world’s largest annual sporting event come to our district is a massive boost for tourism - it will lead to worldwide exposure and a huge influx of visitors,” said Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Mick Griffiths.

“Our landscape and heritage will be showcased to the world and we need to ensure we maximise this opportunity.    We expect the communities on the route will get involved too but while investing £55,000 is significant to this council we believe it is right that we help businesses and residents gain the maximum benefits from this event.”

Recycling Scheme Improves

issued March 14, 2013

Richmondshire householders can now recycle even more at the kerbside.

The District Council has added light card to the list of items it will now collect - plain and printed grey and white card can be added into the recycling bag taking paper products.

Greeting cards, cereal packets, ready meal sleeves and tea bag boxes can all be added to the list.

“Our residents have been asking for some time for us to increase the items we recycle,” said Councillor Jill McMullon, Spokesperson for Customer Services.

“By adding card to the list of products we can take at the kerbside we can reduce the amount we send to landfill and increase the income for the authority – good for the council and for the environment.

“There will be no change to collection days – cardboard will be collected with the rest of your recycling.”

However she said that brown cardboard cannot be added to the bag – including washing powder boxes, beer and wine boxes, drink cartons, delivery boxes and pet food boxes – as these cannot be recycled for newsprint. It can still be recycled but at the cardboard only recycling skips at the large recycling sites situated throughout Richmondshire or to the mixed paper and card banks in the village bring bank sites.

For more information on recycling see or call the council on 01748 829100.

70 Years Of Cleaning - Long Service Awards

Issued March 11, 2013
Two Richmondshire based ‘Mrs Mops’ have clocked up a massive 70 years of cleaning between them.

Relief Housing Warden and Cleaner, Merle Haines has been keeping clean Noel’s Court at Catterick Village for the last 40 years while Vivienne Lewis has completed 30 years at Frenchgate House.

The two District Council employees were among 26 staff to earn long service awards from the authority.

Managing Director Tony Clark, Senior Democratic Services Officer Sandra Hullah, Allocations Manager Yvonne Coates and waste operative Peter Durkin made up a century between them - each putting in 25 years service.

Another two members of staff had reached 35 years each, one had got to 30 years, another four 15 years each and 16 staff ten years each – giving a grand total of 490 years service to Richmondshire District Council

Chairman of the Council, Councillor Clive World presented them all with certificates and vouchers at a special ceremony.

Cash For Tourism

Issued March 6, 2013
Four Richmondshire businesses have so far put their cash into a District Council scheme to boost tourism.

They have added £1,350 towards the £5,000 private sector fund needed for membership of regional tourism body, Welcome to Yorkshire.   Richmondshire District Council has already promised £5,000 if it can be matched by a similar amount from tourism operators. 

Welcome to Yorkshire has increased its annual membership fee for the Council from £1,237 to £10,000 as their Central Government funding has been slashed.

The Hawes Ropemakers is the latest business to back the scheme with £250.   It joins Bolton Castle, and the Wensleydale Creamery and the Bay Tree Café, both based in Hawes, who have also made contributions.

Ruth Annison, pictured with her husband and business partner Dr. Peter Annison, and Richmondshire District Council Leader Councillor John Blackie (centre) said: “We recognise as a major tourism operator in Richmondshire it is very important that the District Council remains a member of Welcome to Yorkshire, the best tourism organisation in the country, especially as the once in a lifetime bonanza of the Tour de France will be passing our very door here in Hawes in July 2014.” 

And Cllr Blackie added: “I thank the four businesses we have so far.  But I remind the larger tourist businesses and business associations in the district that we are still looking for help to match the Council’s £5,000.    I hope those people who have applauded Welcome to Yorkshire will consider the value of the Council being a member of the organisation by providing some match funding.

“Having the Tour de France is a wonderful coup for Richmondshire, and the Council will willingly contribute around £50,000 towards staging this world class event because of its huge importance to the prosperity of local businesses and the employment they offer.  We must not overlook though that in December the Government set a further target of £750,000 to be saved from the Council’s funding from 2014 onwards.” 

Tourism investment in Richmondshire for 2013 is already at a high thanks to a close new working relationship between the District Council, Welcome to Yorkshire and tourism operators in the district.

Funding of £45,000 has been secured - £10,000 Portas funds for Hawes, £10,000 Portas funds for Leyburn, £10,000 for the Dales Festival of Art which coincides with the Dales Festival of Food in Leyburn, and £10,000 for local initiatives agreed by the District Council’s Strategy Board in November. 

Another £5,000 comes from the Council’s funds for Welcome to Yorkshire – rising to £10,000 if local businesses contribute.

Anyone wishing to add to the tourism fund is asked to contact Cllr Blackie directly - contact details are available on

Cash for Local Groups and Projects

Issued March 1, 2013
Community and voluntary projects across Richmondshire have benefited from a £28,000 cash boost this year
local groups

The Richmondshire Area Partnerships have supported more than 50 schemes - which in turn has helped to secure over £275,000 in total project costs for the area.

So far this year money has been awarded to a number of groups including the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Luncheon Club, Richmondshire Youth Council, Influence Church and Foxglove Covert.   New bike stands have been installed in Scorton, support has been given to the Swaledale Festival and Leyburn 1940s weekend and demountable staging bought for Newsham Village Hall.

Councillor Mick Griffiths, Deputy Leader, Richmondshire District Council said ‘It’s fantastic to See  funding being used in this way.  We are supporting and investing in our local communities.

“The money awarded ensures that they can now carry on the good work they are already doing and make Richmondshire an even better place to live. I am looking forward to seeing the benefits our new community opportunities fund will reap in the forthcoming year.”

There are five partnerships in the Richmondshire District Council area covering Central Richmondshire, the Upper Dales, Catterick Garrison, North Richmondshire and Lower Wensleydale. They were set up to address local needs and issues and aim to involve communities in decisions affecting them, identify priorities for the local area and deal with any local concerns or issues residents may have.

Each partnership has a dedicated pot of money to spend on community and voluntary initiatives as well as projects looking to address the partnership priorities.

The full list of successful applications is available to view on

For more Information call Chloe Lewis, Business and Community Officer, on 01748 827022.

Awards for Richmondshire's Unsung Heroes

Richmondshire residents are once again being urged to nominate their unsung heroes for an award.

The district council’s ‘Making a Difference in Richmondshire’ awards recognise individuals and businesses that have made a real difference to the area.

Now in its sixth year the scheme covers everything from volunteer, employee and carer of the year to business and community group of the year.   And for the first time there is a prize for the parish council project of the year – to be given to a parish that has gone the extra mile to deliver an initiative.

“There are so many people in the district who do remarkable things – often without giving it a second thought,” said Councillor John Blackie, Council Leader.

“Young and old they are a key part of life in Richmondshire and deserve to be recognised for their contributions.  These awards give our unsung heroes the praise they so richly deserve, so please let us know if you know of a project, organisation or individual which is worthy of recognition even if you are unsure of which category it fits in to.  All nominations received will be considered.”

Nominations are open in nine categories:

  • Young Person of the Year – for anyone up to the age of 25 who has positively contributed to their community, or gives their time for other people, causes or organisations in any way, shape or form
  • Volunteer of the Year – for anyone who volunteers their time for other people, causes or organisations in any way, shape or form and has positively contributed to the community
  • Carer of the Year – for anyone who deserves special recognition for the care they provide for a relative, friend or neighbour and whose valuable contribution and dedication helps improve the quality of life for other people
  • Community Group/Initiative  of the Year – for groups of people who have come together to solve a problem or respond to an opportunity which has benefited their community
  • Sustainable Project of the Year – for any project which through an innovative initiative has tackled pressing social challenges that has and will continue to make a positive impact on the local community for years to come
  • Green Project of the Year – for projects, organisations or individuals whose forward-thinking solutions have made a significant contribution to sustainable development together with the conservation and protection of the natural environment within the District
  • Parish Council Project of the Year – for a Parish Council that has gone the extra mile to deliver for its residents an innovative project
  • Business of the Year – for any individuals/businesses who have, through their business endeavours, made a significant contribution to the local economy and/or encourages employee growth and development or provides apprentice placements/training that contributes to the development of the business and/or offers local people a chance to learn a trade with career prospects
  • Employee of the Year – for any individual who through their commitment and work endeavours have made a significant difference to an organisation/business

Any individual, group or organisation (public, private or voluntary sector) can make a nomination.  Forms are available at any District Council community office – in Richmond, Leyburn, Colburn, Reeth and Hawes.  Alternatively contact Sarah Jenkins, Democratic Services Officer on 01748 827090.  

The closing date for nominations is February 22.  The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in March

Cash For Dales Market Town

Issued October 29, 2012

Two Dales market towns have been given a cash boost this week – they have each been awarded £10,000 from a Government pot set up to improve the country’s High Streets.

Leyburn and Hawes have become ‘Town Team Partners’ – a spin off from the Portas town initiative where 12 towns across the country were accepted on to a scheme to regenerate them as a destination.

Town Team Partners will mean that all 326 towns that bid for cash will be able to put improvement plans into action – as well as share learning with other town teams and retail experts across the country.

In Hawes the cash will be used to enhance the marketing and promotion of the town – as a tourist and local destination.  There will be work on ‘Live, Shop, Local’ guide highlighting the shops and services on offer, as well as a new Hawes specific website.   And cash will be used to use the volunteer run ‘Little White Bus’ service to create a circular bus route around the town and its attractions during the school holidays.

Councillor John Blackie, Leader of Richmondshire District Council and Hawes councillor said:

“This is very exciting news for Hawes and gives us the opportunity to develop the High Street into an even more vibrant place to visit.   We want people to come to the town and see what is on offer – and with this money we can create a range of marketing materials and tools to help us do that.”

In Leyburn a variety of existing events will be boosted by the cash – including the 1940s weekend, Dales Festival and Christmas celebrations.

And ward councillor Fleur Butler said it would also help bring broadband to everyone.   “We will be looking to have free wifi across the town,” she said.   “And on top of that we will be able to undertake more work to promote the markets and the retail offer the town provides.   It was disappointing not to win the Portas bid but this money is a welcome boost and means we can go some way towards improving facilities for everyone.”

Be Prepared For Winter

Issued October 30, 2012

Hambleton and Richmondshire residents are being urged to make sure their elderly family, friends and neighbours are ready for the onset of winter.

winter weather checklist

For the second year running, the Hambleton and Richmondshire Strategic Forum has joined forces with Age UK to repeat its successful ‘winter weather’ campaign.    But for 2012 it has been extended to include a ‘checklist’ on how to be ready for all weathers.

A new leaflet gives details on how to stay warm, keep healthy and what to have in the store cupboard in case conditions leave you trapped at home.

“Severe winter weather can keep many elderly and vulnerable people unable to get out – so it is vital they are prepared,” said Age UK  Co-ordinator, Paul Fisher.

“Having essential foods and household items in store can make a huge difference to their welfare – simple things like having long life milk, bottled water, tins of fruit, soup and vegetables in the store cupboard can make a difference.    We also advise having a stock of batteries for torches and radios in case of power cuts.”

He said people should also be good neighbours - whatever the age of the person living next door – by clearing snow, collecting prescriptions, doing shopping, or just simply being there for a chat during long cold spells.

The campaign will see leaflets and posters distributed to agencies and community groups across the two districts. They will also be available at district council offices in Northallerton, Stokesley, Easingwold, Richmond, Colburn, Reeth, Hawes and Leyburn; and at libraries across the two districts.

Two emergency helplines will be opened when severe weather conditions strike.  The lines – which will be manned through the district council contact centres – will give residents a single point of contact for information.  Hambleton residents should call 0845 1211 555 and Richmondshire’s 01748 829100.

There are also winter weather messages at

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