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Duke of Gloucester visits Cropton and Westerdale
6:34pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A PIONEERING project that brings new learning experiences to children and younbg people has had a Royal vistor.
The Duke of Gloucester was at Cropton, near Pickering. To officially open a newly-constructed building at the Peat Rigg Outdoor Training Centre.
The centre is a converted nineteenth century farmhouse set in 90 acres of rural scenery within Cropton Forest, on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park.
It offers a unique sense of peace and tranquillity, providing reassurance and security to participants of its courses, which include disadvantaged, disaffected and special needs groups.
Funded by the Big Lottery Local Food Project, the new eco-friendly extension at the centre will add more than 30 residential places to the accommodation so children and young people, mainly from the Tees Valley, can see at first hand where their food comes from.
They will learn about farming, nutrition and cooking healthy food in the best environment.
The Duke also visited Westerdale, in the Upper Esk Valley near Whitby, to open the village’s newly-refurbished village hall.
The hall was originally built as a school for 48 children in 1872 at a cost of £172 and became the village hall in 1977.
Over the last five years the trustees have raised over £230,000 for the refurbishment through local fund raising and grants. The largest contribution has been from the David Ross Foundation amounting to £170,000.
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