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Our Communities

The Centre serves various communities of people, who all value the heritage of the Washburn Valley.

Our communities

The Centre is important to many people, who share and value the heritage of the Washburn Valley.

 

Who are they?

  • Over 80 people, many local but some from further afield, come together to run the Centre and its programme of activities and events.
  • More local people are happy to share their memories of the Valley, so that our programme is enriched and valuable social history is recorded.
  • Visitors to the Valley, who come to appreciate its natural beauty and its heritage, enjoy using the Centre.  In 2013 we had over 11,000 of them! Many warm remarks, such as   ‘a hidden gem’, have appeared in our comments book.
  • Another community we cater for consists of people whose ancestors used to live here and who want to learn more about their own family history, or donate information to our ever growing archive.
  • Finally, there are groups such as botanists, social historians and archaeologists who have a shared specialist or academic interest in the Valley. The Centre is becoming known as a good focus for such groups.

Here are some links which you might find helpful:

  • Heritage lottery fund - Lottery funded
  • Harrogate Borough Council
  • Yorkshire Water
  • The Duke of York's Community Initiative