The Town Council, through a sub-committee headed by Kathy Wheeler comprising residents and councillors, has attracted significant external funding for a major revamp of the older children’s play area in Park Lane.  A residents’ survey had indicated overwhelming support for new equipment aimed at 9 to 13 year olds and an ambitious design with a ‘wow’ factor was drawn up.

An image of the new installation can be seen below. As one might expect in Middleham with its historical castle, a structure with a castle outline will be installed. It will provide a large, multi-functional frame including two slides, monkey bars, climbing wall and fireman’s pole, addressing what the survey respondents had indicated they would like to see. The existing swing will be replaced.  It is hoped to relocate the older swing elsewhere.

The total value of the new installation is £44,600 (plus VAT that Council will recover).  Altogether £41,750 of external funding was secured from 3 sources and the Town Council wishes to thank these organisations for their generosity.

  • Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund £21,750
  • Richmondshire District Council Play Park Funding Scheme 2021-22 £10,000
  • National Lottery Awards for All £10,000

The Town Council will make a contribution of £5,258.

Instruction has been given to Streetscape, the chosen supplier, to manufacture the equipment at its factory in Selby North Yorkshire.  Subject to lead times and weather, it is hoped to instal the equipment by March next year.  Council plans to have an official opening ceremony.

For further details, please contact.  David Keep, Town Clerk, Middleham Town Council, Park Lane, Middleham, DL8 4RA, Email: Tel 07531 580499

Dementia Awareness course on Zoom Tuesday 30th November – choice of times; either 3pm or 7pm

Please see below a  flier for a Dementia Awareness session to be held on Zoom.  The meeting invite links are also below, there are two sessions so hopefully one or other will be convenient.  It is a 1 hour session, partly interactive with a couple of ‘quizzes’

These sessions might be useful to anyone who –  through work, family or simply living in the community – wishes to know more about dementia, what services are available and how we can all be more aware of and helpful to those with, or caring for someone with, dementia so they will then feel more confident reaching out for help and understanding.

The sessions will include:

  • Who is Dementia Forward and what do they do – what services run in your area and how to request referrals.
  • The most common types of dementia and how they present
  • What is dementia and why are people affected differently – why can it be so difficult
  • How can I help to support a person with dementia – some handy tips for in the home / community / work

Please feel free to forward to anyone you know who may be interested and to put up the poster.

Dementia Forward is the leading dementia charity for York and North Yorkshire and provide support, advice and information to anybody affected by dementia across the county, and have developed a comprehensive range of services; all with people living with dementia at their heart.

Please note it is the same Meeting ID for both meetings:

Meeting ID 276 984 1086

Time: Nov 30, 2021 03:00 PM London

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Time: Nov 30, 2021 07:00 PM London

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Transfer of Patient Medical Records

Please see the below message from Leyburn Medical Practice

As you may have read recently, NHS Digital is requesting the transfer from GPs of patient data for anonymised use in commercial clinical research. The issue has only recently gained publicity and I thought it would be helpful to let patients know that they may opt out of having their data shared. The deadline for opting out is, I believe, the end of June.

This link explains NHS Digital’s position:

Patients have always been able to opt out of having their data shared and can continue to do so by contacting the practice and stating that they do not want their data shared. It would be helpful if they can be clear whether this opt out is just for data extraction or whether it is for sharing between NHS providers.

With best wishes

Nigel Watson

PPG Chair, Leyburn Medical Practice