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Local Land Charity Hosts 10th Anniversary Ceilidh
Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013
A family ceilidh is being held on Saturday 26th January to mark the 10th anniversary of a charity that was formed by local people to save valuable pieces of land around the historic town of Richmond.

The event – organised by the Richmondshire Landscape Trust (ROSA) – will take place in Richmond Cricket Club at 7.30pm and feature the popular ceilidh band ‘Blind Panic’. A light supper will be served and there will be a licensed bar and raffle. Everyone is welcome.

The Richmondshire Landscape Trust was set up in 2003 in order to safeguard almost 88 acres of land being put up for sale by Richmondshire District Council, including an area on Sleegill, facing towards Richmond Castle; the south bank of the River Swale between the Falls and Mercury Bridge; Jack King’s Wood and the ancient pasture lands of Westfields.

After public consultation, the Council agreed to sell the land to the Trust for £120,000 and the purchase cost was raised over the years by the charity’s fundraising arm ROSA. Some of the events – like the annual Easter egg hunt – are now firmly embedded in the town’s social calendar.

Although the land has now been purchased, the Trust is still fundraising to maintain and improve the land in its care. Recent projects have included building a drystone wall on the boundary of Jack King’s Wood; planting new hedgerows and trees; and the creation of a wildlife corridor on Westfields.

Chairman of the Richmondshire Landscape Trust, Phil Pearson, said: “The Trust has achieved an enormous amount in the last decade and we wanted to mark this tenth anniversary year with a special event that would include everyone. 

“It is thanks to all our supporters, helpers and volunteers over the years that we have been able to preserve these important pieces of land for the enjoyment of future generations and we hope that as many people as possible will join us in celebrating the occasion.”

Tickets, costing £8 adults/£4 children or £20 for a family of four (2 adults and 2 children under 16), include a light buffet supper, consisting of a hot roast pork roll or vegetarian option, and are available in advance from the Castle Hill Bookshop. Tickets – subject to availability – can also be purchased on the door for £9 or £23 for a family ticket. 

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