Yorkshire Dales charity celebrates 20th anniversary

YDMT group winners
The above photograph appears by courtesy of Steve Finch and the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

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2017 sees the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) charity celebrating twenty years since its founding back in 1997 - a China anniversary which is also shared with the Yorkshire Dales website*!

Being about the same age, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust charity has had a long association with the Yorkshire Dales website (which was also founded in 1997), Eagle Intermedia Publishing Ltd. having helped promote the launch of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust's book "The Yorkshire Dales - A View from the millennium " back in 1999 as well as covering various other YDMT related news stories and campaigns since then.

[* = N.B. For more information please see the separate news item about the 20th anniversary of the Yorkshire Dales website.]

Meanwhile to mark its own 20th anniversary milestone the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust charity has given twenty awards to recognise the important contribution of some of the groups, organisations and individuals whose work helps to sustain and celebrate the Yorkshire Dales area.

With so many excellent nominations to choose from in each category, the judging panel was spoilt for choice, but after much deliberation twenty exceptional people and groups who go "above and beyond" for the Yorkshire Dales were selected.

David Sharrod, YDMT Chief Executive, said: "Over the last twenty years YDMT has helped others to achieve a fantastic amount in this special corner of the world. What better way to celebrate our 20th Anniversary than by recognising this excellent work and supporting more beneficial projects in the future? You can read a little about the achievements of our inspirational winners on our website."

The Awards

Each of the winners received a personalised glass trophy, handmade by the Stonegate Glass Studio in Ingleton, and a cash award to help the winners to continue their outstanding contribution towards supporting the Yorkshire Dales and its surroundings. In total 91,000 has been awarded to support more beneficial work in and around the Yorkshire Dales across five areas:

Conservation, Heritage and Environment - celebrating contributions to the natural landscape, environment and wildlife, as well as the built, scenic and cultural heritage features which make up the unique fabric of the area.

Award winners: W & H Blackwell & Son (Gold award), Howesyke Farm (Silver award), Marsden Agricultural and Environmental Services (Bronze award) and Thornton Rust Kennel Field Trust (Highly Commended).

Rural enterprise and employment - celebrating rural entrepreneurship and those actively supporting communities to maintain a vibrant, sustainable and prosperous rural economy for the benefit of future generations.

Award winners: Wheels 2 Work (Gold award) and Clapham Community Shop (Gold award).

Access and Understanding - recognising those who promote opportunities for a wider understanding of the dales and its communities.

Award winners: Willow Young Carers (Gold award), Newby Head Farm (Silver award), Keasden Head Farm (Bronze award) and Yorkshire Film Archive (Highly Commended).

Sustainable Communities - honouring the triumphs of community living, these awards recognise innovation, dedication and community spirit.

Award winners: BlueBoxt Productions (Gold award), Age UK North Craven volunteer team (Silver award), Cruse Bereavement Care (Bronze award), and Craven Mental Health & Wellbeing Forum (Highly Commended).

YDMT Champions - individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty for the benefit or appreciation of the Dales.

Award winners - Alan Watkinson (awarded posthumously), Douglas Thomson, John East, Erica Sarney, Rachel & Mike Benson and Tom Lord.

You can find out more about all the winners and their achievements at on the The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust website at www.ydmt.org/20Years

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[News item based on press release supplied by the The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, posted October 2017.]

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