Local people are being invited 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 Saturday 21 March 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: “The family ceilidh has become one of the key events in our fundraising calendar. It is hugely popular with all ages and we get everyone 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, including the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Westfields.
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 the installation of fencing on the boundary of Jack King’s Wood and managing a number of areas to encourage wildflowers and pollinating insects.
Tickets for the ceilidh cost £10 for adults, £5 for children (under 16 years) or £25 for a family of four (2 adults and 2 children) and include a light buffet supper. They are available in advance from Veronica Robson on 01748 824218, the Castle Hill Bookshop and the Tourist Information Centre. Subject to availability, tickets can also be purchased on the door but previous years have been a sell-out.