Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 13.42.24Work is underway to transform an old railway carriage into a meeting place with a difference.

Hambleton District Council has handed over £3750 from its ‘Making a Difference Fund’ for the refurbishment of the exterior and the internal refurbishment of the carriage including toilet facilities.

The project was launched by Leeming Bar Residents Association in 2012 following public consultation by the district council with a view to improving community social life for residents.

The refurbishment of the old ‘Diesel Multiple Unit’ from Wensleydale Railway which is one and a half coaches long will provide residents of Leeming Bar Village near Bedale with a multi-purpose community meeting place, cinema and café which will cater for all age groups and sectors in the community.

“This is a very good example of how local residents with enthusiasm can team up with resources from the local council, in this case cash, to do something of benefit to the community,” said Councillor Carl Les, Ward Member who is supporting the application.

“A number of local business are also supporting the project, but I am glad that the ward members were able to help with getting it off the ground.”

And Rab Hastie, Chair of the Leeming Bar Residents Association added, “We are extremely grateful to Hambleton District Council and the Ward Members for their support and confidence in the project, and for the award, it will make a huge difference to the community. Members of the Association are working extremely hard on the carriage project and want to provide Leeming Bar with a unique and versatile meeting place for many years to come.”