CHILDREN got a sneak peek at their new play area in Sleights this week ahead of its official opening.
The youngsters joined members of the North York Moors, Coast & Hills LEADER Executive Group to see the play area’s transformation.
The dedicated members of Ingham Play Park Committee received a grant of £36,147 from the LEADER Programme which has contributed to the new play equipment for children of all ages plus new seating and landscaping.
The new play area in Ingham Close is due to be officially opened on Saturday 2 April at 11am by Heartbeat star David Lonsdale who played village idiot David Stockwell in the long running ITV series.
Pupils from Sleights, Ruswarp, Goathland and Airy Hill Schools have all been invited along and the committee has goody bags to give away to children and adults.
There will also be a big celebratory cake which will be cut on the day to make the occassion.
The LEADER Executive Group visited Sleights as part of a tour of projects in the Esk Valley and Whitby area that have received funding from the programme.
They chatted to the children, who all attend Caedmon School in Whitby, about the play area and what it will mean for the village.
Alyson Elder from the Ingham Play Park Committee said: “The committee sees the new playground as Sleights’ biggest community resource.
“We are very excited to see the community benefit from this new resource.
“Local mums and tots groups are already making plans to utilise the new facility during school holidays.
“There are also numerous community activities arranged to run over the next 12 months.”
The group went on to visit Fylingdales Village Hall and Robin Hood’s Bay which have both had various improvement works funded by the LEADER Programme and also caught up with progress on Fryupdale Quoits Pitch and the restoration of Handale Abbey Walled Garden near Loftus.
They also visited The Moors National Park Centre at Danby and Egton Mortuary Chapel which have both had interpretation features funded by LEADER’s Small Scale Enhancement Scheme.
Malcolm Bowes, chairman of the North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Executive added: “The day spent visiting various projects, meeting those behind the initiatives and hearing about the difference it is making at a local level was very inspiring,” he said.
The North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme is a partnership of local organisations, community groups and individuals which secured £3.1 million in total from Defra and the European Union through Yorkshire Forward and One North East as part of the Rural Development Programme for England.
Funding from the main LEADER Programme has now been allocated but the LEADER funded Small Scale Enhancement Schemes are still open for applications for communities looking for funding of £5,000 or less for a local conservation or heritage project.
For more information log on to www.moorscoastandhills.org.uk for more information.