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

Wheels 2 Work is moped loan scheme that helps people get to work, apprenticeships, or training

Wheels 2 Work is a not for profit moped loan scheme that helps people get to work, apprenticeships, or training, where no other form of transport is available.

Eligible candidates receive a moped after they have completed the compulsory basic training (CBT).


To be eligible for the scheme you must:

  • Live in the Hambleton, Harrogate or Richmondshire areas
  • Be 16 or over
  • Require transport to travel to work, an apprenticeship or training
  • Have a daily journey that is a practical distance for a moped
  • Have no other suitable from of transport
  • Have a provisional licence.

During the loan period candidates are encouraged to save up for their own transport to maintain access to the workplace.

How much will it cost?

Riders are required to make a weekly contribution starting at £25.00. For this sum, candidates are provided with:

  • A moped
  • Fully comprehensive insurance
  • Road tax
  • Full moped servicing.

Riders will also need to make an initial contribution of £40 towards safety equipment (which includes a helmet, motorcycle jacket, trousers, gloves and reflective jacket if required).

A bond of £150 will also be required which will usually be refunded when you leave the scheme subject to certain conditions e.g. user contributions being up to date, etc.

If you have any other queries please email, or call 01609 780458.

Lifeline – a District Council Service helping People Live Independently

The Richmondshire District Council Lifeline service provides reassurance, emergency support and peace of mind to its users, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our  team of mobile wardens visit our   lifeline customers every five to six weeks, or as arranged depending upon individual needs. They also respond to emergency situations, check lifeline equipment regularly  and help to arrange additional support as required.

Lifeline can be provided for as long as you want the service.

Lifeline customers can summon help at any time 24/7 simply  by  pressing a  button provided with the Lifeline equipment. The staff who receive the call can provide help ranging from giving reassurance,   contacting  a friend,  neighbour,  relative, one of our Lifeline mobile wardens  or  the medical and emergency services.

For more information call 01748 901147 and ask for Lifeline.

Click Lifeline – T&Cs of Service Leaflet A5 WEB for further details.

‘The Castle Garden’ – Middleham’s Community Garden News

For a lovely splash of natural colour, please click on the link to see the latest edition, the Late Summer Garden News   – thank you to Amanda Langdown for publishing the Garden News (this edition with support from Milners of Leyburn).

If you would like to work on any area of the garden do get in touch through Nigel Hopper, who you may find working in the Community Garden or by telephone 07594 814524 or email

Remember you can still work in an allotment/community garden through lockdown by following social distancing