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Sustainable Development Fund support for the Airton Friends Meeting House piano

We’re delighted to announce the award of a grant of £600 towards the purchase of the piano for the Meeting House, drawn from the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s Sustainable Development Fund.  The fund supports schemes that ‘promote a more sustainable way of living in, working in and visiting the National Park, while conserving and enhancing its local culture, wildlife, landscape and communities’.  The piano project does this by helping to maintain the vibrancy of the Airton and Malhamdale community through making musical performances accessible and enabling local musicians to perform in the venue.  It also enhances the resilience of the Meeting House as a heritage building by increasing its potential use and profile in the area.

The Sustainable Development Fund, details of which can be viewed here, is open to individuals, businesses, community groups or voluntary sector bodies.  It provides an accessible source of money for a range of projects that result in positive benefits for the National Park’s environment, economy and communities.  The fund has been running for 15 years, issuing nearly £2.67m to over 300 projects across the National Park, including £175,000 in the last financial year.

The first concert, held on Saturday 27th September was well attended and raised £100.  A further concert will be given by Simon Watkins on Friday 26th October at 7.30pm, this time focusing on works by English composers including Frank Bridge and Bradford-born Frederick Delius.  Entrance is free; donations accepted towards the ongoing fundraising to support the maintenance of the piano.  The concert will include an interval with refreshments in the Barn.  Do come along!  Meanwhile, if you are a pianist or other acoustic instrumentalist and would like the opportunity to perform to a friendly audience, get in touch with Simon to talk about your idea.