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Community Centre Grand Opening

Community Association  secures £75,000 Grant - Press Release

The wish from children and young people for a new Youth Club and Scout Group in Monk Fryston and Hillam has taken a major step forward thanks to a £75,000 grant awarded to Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Association towards their £140,000 Youth Provision and Community Centre redevelopment project.


The cash boost has been given by WREN, a not for profit business which awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated by FCC Environmental to the Landfill Communities Fund.


Ray Newton, Community Association Chair, commented,

“It is fantastic to obtain Wren’s support for our project and village community. It’s amazing that WREN can make funds like this available to communities and we are delighted our project was selected. This simply would not have been possible without the support of the Western Community Engagement Forum (CEF). The faith they have shown us by awarding a £20,000 grant to try and attract this type of additional funding has been fulfilled. We hope to make more announcements about further funding and the project in the next few weeks and are looking forward to a very exciting 12 months.”


Cllr Andy Pound, Chair of the Western CEF, added,

“This is a great step forward for the project. We would also like to thank WREN for their support. We are delighted to see our Western CEF strategy working. The Community Association have currently quadrupled the value of the grant we gave them, and most importantly will be meeting the needs of their community”


Peter Cox, Managing Director of WREN, said,

“WREN is committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families. The Monk Fryston and Hillam Youth Provision and Community Centre Redevelopment Project will provide a fantastic new environment for local people to use, particularly the new Youth Clubs and Scout Groups. We’re delighted to support the Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Association and look forward to seeing the youth groups get started and the Community Centre being redeveloped over the coming months”.

Youth Club opens in Monk Fryston


Lewis Gentle, responsible for youth development in Selby Area for North Yorkshire Youth, has worked with Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Association to launch the Club and to help recruit, train and coach youth leaders.

Lewis commented “It’s been great to meet and work with such a committed and enthusiastic group of people who want to provide a Youth Club for their village. North Yorkshire Youth are committed to nurturing such people and making sure Youth Club members get the most out of their club. I am sure the Monk Fryston and Hillam Youth Club will go from strength to strength”


The Youth Club is the first of several Youth Projects which gained the support of the Selby District Council Western Community Engagement Forum (Western CEF) less than 12 month ago.

Already, the Community Centre has been extended in order to create extra space for the Youth Club and to enable the local Before and After School club to expand and provide much needed additional Child Care capacity and facilities.


The Community Association and the Western CEF are jointly working to raise funds to redevelop the Community Centre and to launch a Village Scout Group and accommodate a new Village Guide group. They are also working with the local primary school by using the centre redevelopment as a real life environmental project.

Fairburn Selby District Councillor Andy Pound, Chair of the Western CEF,commented “It is very heartening to see a dynamic project like Monk Fryston’s take shape and start to come to fruition. I am really pleased we have been able to help their community”

CA plans have been backed by funders


... These grants follow £74,300 earmarked for our Plans by WREN Ltd as reported in the stop press of the last edition of Hillam News and they will go a long way towards making the CA's plans to redevelop the Community Centre for the new Youth Club and Scout and Guide Groups become a reality. In addition to the larger Main Hall, the new toilets and kitchen, the Centre will have a second Meeting Room which will enable simultaneous use by the new clubs and existing user groups.


CEF Commits £20,000 to Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Development Project


Western Area Community Engagement Forum and Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Association have agreed to start a groundbreaking project which, when complete, will transform village facilities and activities for children and young people.


The project began last summer when Hillam Parish Councillor Duncan Lorriman’s requested the Community Association to do something for village youngsters.


CA Chair, Ray Newton, become aware of CEF Chair Andy Pound’s commitment to increase services for children and young people. Andy announced that the CEF were looking for proposals to be included in the future Western Area Development Plan.

The CEF will share its expertise in planning, fund raising and youth organisation development whilst the Community Association is providing the volunteers to make things happen.


Already, within 3 months, real progress is being made;


  •  Western CEF has committed a £20,000 grant to be used as match funding seed money. 
  •  plans to develop the Community Centre have  been submitted for approval
  •  questionnaires delivered to every household and young person in Hillam and Monk Fryston to      provide evidence of needs and support Grant applications
  •  meetings held with North Yorkshire Youth and North Yorkshire Scouts to understand what needs to be done to set up the Groups.
  •  volunteers have come forward to get the Youth groups off the ground 


Click here for the full press release and the village survey results.