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We are delighted to let you know that the Making A Difference grants for 2021/22 are now open and will remain so until 31st January 2021.

Grants of between £2,000 – £25,000 are available for community groups delivering projects that meet at least one of the Council’s priorities:

  • Driving Economic Vitality
  • Enhancing health and wellbeing
  • Caring for the environment
  • Providing a special place to live

Projects must be delivered between May 2021 and the end of April 2022.

To find out more about the fund, please click on the following link www.hambleton.gov.uk/madgrants

Thank you and good luck with your application.

Stay safe

The Communities Team

Peter Cole


Church Services over the Christmas period

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Subscriptions for Hambleton District Council’s garden waste collections for 2021/22 are now open for residents.

New and existing customers can sign up for the £40 a year fortnightly collection service at hambleton.gov.uk.

Last year saw more than 50% of the district’s properties enrol and almost 23,000 licences bought. More than 1000 licences were bought by residents opting to have multiple bins.

  • Garden waste collections for this year have now finished apart from a special collection to accommodate Christmas trees on either week commencing 11 or 18 January depending on your collection week – normal garden waste is accepted during this collection. Trees must be chopped up and placed inside the bin with the lid closed – trees left at the roadside or hanging out of bins will not be collected.

Garden waste collections will resume mid-February for those who have subscribed to the current service which runs until March 2021.

For more information or to subscribe visit hambleton.gov.uk or call 01609 779977.

  • Properties participating in the current service must not remove their existing sticker until the final collection in March 2021.  Bins not displaying the correct sticker will not be emptied.
  • Residents subscribing for the 2021/22 scheme should receive their new licence by 1 March – if not they should contact the council.  Residents purchasing after 15 February will receive licences within ten working days - they should be attached to their bin from 28 March 2021. 

Alison Oldfield (Communications Officer) on 01609 767243

7 December, 2020

Neighbourhood Watch launches PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0rD campaign with 3 quick and easy steps

As we spend more time at home and on our online devices, over one third (34%) of people say that they’re more concerned about cybercrime than physical crime and a startling 1 in 5 people are a victim of cybercrime!* You could be more at risk than you might think.

If strengthening your passwords is something you keep putting off, or you feel overwhelmed by the sea of online security information, you’re not alone.

As part of our Cyberhood Watch initiative, launched in 2019 in partnership with Avast, we have launched a PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd campaign that targets both the overwhelmed and complacent, providing everyone with 3 easy steps to be more secure online.

PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd in 3 easy steps

  1. Create a separate password for your email account
  2. Use 3 random words
  3. Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)

To find out more about how to do each step visit our Password Protection page on our website .

But we won’t stop there!  Whilst taking those 3 easy steps will go a long way to protecting yourself online, we want to protect not just you but your whole community! To do this, we are asking you to spread the word and help protect your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours by sharing these 3 easy steps with 3 others.

To share with others you can forward this email to at least 3 of your friends, share the information from our Password Protection page in your local newsletter, or share our campaign on your social media channels using our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Campaign Pack,

More about the campaign
Our campaign will run on social media for 4 weeks from 9th November 2020. We are targeting both Neighbourhood Watch members and non-members alike with two different attitudes to online security.

For those that are unsure and overwhelmed by an abundance of advice, we want to cut though the noise and simplify the confusion, so they feel empowered to take action.

And for those that think ‘it won’t happen to me’ we want to shock them into action, so that they realise how prevalent the problem is, even amongst young people.

We have created social media animated and still graphics targeted to both those audiences, supported by further information detailing how and why to take each step on our dedicated Password Protection page.

Download our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Campaign Pack to share the campaign across your networks using email, whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and in newsletters.

Why not go one step further and share our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Press Release locally and don’t forget to let us know about any local press you are able to generate.

Visit our Protect your PA$$word campaign page to find out more.

*Perceptions of cybercrime in the UK report produced in partnership with Avast, surveyed over 14,000 Neighbourhood Watch members: https://press.avast.com/hubfs/media-materials/kits/Avast%20Cyberhood%20Watch/Avast_CyberHood_Watch_Report%20FINAL.pdf?hsLang=en

For more information contact Deborah Waller on deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk.

Kind regards


Press release from local councils

FREE central heating scheme making a difference in Hambleton

Residents throughout Hambleton have been benefitting from a council scheme that helps eligible householders receive a free central heating system to reduce their fuel bills and improve the warmth of their home.

Hambleton District Council is working alongside North Yorkshire County Council and have installed systems in 14 households in the area so far.

Homeowners and private renting tenants currently using inefficient storage heaters, room heaters or fires could get an A-rated gas-powered central heating system installed in their home at no cost.

To qualify for the funding, each resident must either be in receipt of certain state benefits or have a household income below £21,000 and live in a property that is hard to heat.

Householders with certain health conditions that make them vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home could also receive support.

Peter Benson, a 62-year-old Thirsk resident (pictured), benefitted from the scheme by receiving a brand new central heating system, having previously only relied on an open fire in the living room.

Peter explained: ““I was so happy when I found out it was fully funded because I’d never had central heating in my life, I was made up.

“I’m a self-employed fencer and get work when I can, I’m only a low earner.

“I used to sit in front of my fire to get warm after work but the house would still be freezing. It’s an old house and it got very cold.”

“Now I can come home, switch the heating on and make my tea. I keep the controls with me as well, I love it.”

Funding for the North Yorkshire scheme is secured from the Warm Homes Fund – an innovative funding stream established by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions to help make households in Great Britain warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat.

Hambleton District Council is also providing match funding to support installations in the area, and there are separate grants available to help connect homes to the mains gas network.

Cllr Mark Robson, Leader of  Hambleton District Council, said: “With the scheme having great success in helping households across Hambleton so far, we are thrilled to be able to continue to offer the scheme”

“A-rated central heating helps makes fuel bills more affordable for residents by saving energy and reducing carbon emissions.”

Award winning community interest company YES Energy Solutions is managing the scheme on behalf of the council, and installs are completed by their industry accredited contractors.

Residents who are interested in the opportunity are advised to call YES Energy Solutions on 01422 880100.


North Yorkshire Warm Homes Fund Scheme
The North Yorkshire Warm Homes Fund Scheme is a central heating programme delivered by North Yorkshire County Council; Ryedale District Council; Scarborough Borough Council; and Hambleton District Council.

The scheme is managed by YES Energy Solutions who will undertake all installations via its accredited network of installers.

The funding for this scheme has been secured via the Warm Homes Fund – a funding stream established by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions CIC.

The scheme has been granted an extension to fit over 100 first time gas central heating systems in the area. There is also separate funding available to cover the cost of a gas connection where applicable (subject to survey and eligibility).

For more information on the Warm Homes Fund visit: https://www.affordablewarmthsolutions.org.uk/warm-homes-fund/overview 

Energy Saving Trust
Findings from the Energy Saving Trust about the cost of gas as the cheapest domestic fuel can be found here: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/boiler-replacement


YES Energy Solutions
YES Energy Solutions is the trading name of Yorkshire Energy Services CIC – a national Community Interest Company operating in the energy efficiency sector. With no shareholders to satisfy, the company invests profits into actions that achieve its social mission – to reduce CO2 and alleviate fuel poverty in the UK.

The company was originally established in 2000 by Kirklees Council to manage multiple affordable warmth programmes. YES Energy Solutions is now an independent organisation working nationally with a broad range of Councils, Housing Associations, Energy Companies and Installers to deliver targeted energy saving schemes that cut customer fuel bills, improve health and wellbeing and regenerate whole communities. They have managed some of the largest Council-backed fuel poverty alleviation schemes in the country.

In the last financial year YES Energy Solutions transformed the energy efficiency of over 5,000 homes, cutting carbon emissions by 80,000 tonnes and customer fuel bills by £58,500,000 over the lifetime of the improvements installed.

For more information visit: www.yesenergysolutions.co.uk

For more information about the North Yorkshire Warm Homes Fund Scheme please contact Adam Lewis, YES Energy Solutions’ Marketing Administrator:
T: 01422 880120
E: adam.lewis@yesenergysolutions.co.uk

LEISURE CENTRE TO GET A £3.8 MILLION FACELIFT (with artist impression)

A £3.8million scheme to upgrade and extend Thirsk’s leisure centre has been given the green light.

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It includes creating a 24 hour gym and enlarged studios for exercise classes and cycling stations – as well as replacing outdated plant equipment that has forced the centre’s pools to close several times this year.

Members of Hambleton District Council’s Cabinet are recommending to Full Council that cash is released for the scheme which will bring the 30 year old centre bang up to date.

Built in 1991 the Thirsk and Sowerby Leisure Centre also needs a new roof to address much needed repairs and condensation issues experienced within the building.  Old plant machinery also needs replacing – with greener, more environmentally sustainable equipment.

“Gyms, indoor spaces and swimming pools play an essential part in helping people to achieve a healthy lifestyle and a recent report showed tha

t Hambleton district needed to extend its leisure provision,” said Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Bridget Fortune.

“We have already begun to address that need through the changes and expansion made at Northallerton Leisure Centre and these plans at Thirsk will go a long way to improving provision in the south of our district.

“Hambleton District Council has long been committed to providing high quality leisure venues and our strategy is to continue to invest in these facilities

. Bringing Thirsk up to date is an important part of that plan. We’ve already made improvements to Stokesley Leisure Centre, with more on the way and we have aspirations for Bedale too.” The final touches are also being made to a sports hall and 3g pitch at Easingwold school that received £650,000 support from the council.

In addition to the planned changes with the plant and roof at Thirsk, the project will include a 60 station 24/7 gym, 30 person studio and a 25 person cycling studio.    It is expected that the work will take around 26 weeks to complete and will be undertaken through a partnership with Alliance Leisure Services, which undertook the project work at Northallerton.


Alison Oldfield (communications officer) on 01609 767243

July 28, 2020