Big plans for Lythe play area

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AN area of wasteland has been turned into a play area for youngsters in Lythe and was officially opened last week.

Jane Hall did the honours and performed the opening which marks the completion of a two year project to redevelop Lythe Village Hall.

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Lythe Village Hall Committee started by doing a survey of 125 children, parents and grandparents and secured £50,000 worth of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and Groundworks UK Community Spaces Programme, Yorventure and North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER programme.

Grants were also received from the NYCC Coast and Hills Area Committee, the Sir George Martin Trust as well as other charitable trusts.

The building has been completely refurbished including repairs to the roof, a new heating system, kitchen and toilet area.

The land behind the hall has been turned into a play area for children up to the age of 11 years and an outdoor seating and picnic area.

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It is hoped that with the help of volunteers from the community, it will be possible to open up the kitchen, on an occasional basis, as a cafe.

In order to kick start this, the Village Hall cafe area will be open to play area users, local residents and walkers from 10am to 12pm every Wednesday throughout April.

The Committee will also be holding two outdoor activity days for children later this year.

A local resident said: “The Village Hall is now a really lovely space, ideal for weddings, parties and all sorts of classes as well as the additional activities that the Committee is beginning to lay on.”

To hire the hall or to help with activities contact Karen Cornforth on 893690.