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Land Charity Hosts Family Ceilidh
Thursday, Nov 14, 2013
Local people are being asked to put on their dancing shoes to raise money for a charity that protects 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 on Friday 29 November 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. 

Elaine Wood, the event organiser, said: “We held a similar event at the beginning of the year and it was hugely popular; with all ages and abilities – from toddlers to grandparents – on the dance floor. We are hoping that as many people will join us as possible for a really fun evening.”

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. The land is now fully accessible to the public and enjoyed by many for recreational purposes. Westfileds is used to host the Trust’s annual Easter egg hunt, which is now firmly embedded in the town’s social calendar and attended by large numbers of people from the area.

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.

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

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