Froneri has provided financial support to an ambitious North Yorkshire initiative to launch a mobile, multi-purpose community hub on the Northallerton – Redmire heritage railway.
Charlotte Hambling, head of marketing at Froneri UK , added: “We are delighted to support this project which will provide communities and groups along the 22-mile route with a very valuable resource. I am confident the many hours spent on converting the carriage will be amply rewarded.”
Local MP Rishi Sunak also paid tribute to the enthusiasm and skills of the volunteers, saying: “This is a really innovative community initiative and I was delighted to see the great progress they have made to date. It is good to see funding come from the local authority, the Lottery and Leeming Bar businesses and I look forward to seeing the completed project.”
Volunteers from Leeming Bar Residents’ Association are busy converting the 1961 British Rail carriage into the hub which could be used for a wide range of activities such as cookery demonstrations and meetings or be turned into a mini-cinema, café, youth centre or mini-library. It will also be available to hire for private parties. When finished it will have seating for 30, a fully equipped kitchen, a smart TV projector and motorised screen, Wi-Fi and a disabled access toilet.
Left to right: Rab Hastie (Chair, LBRA), Amy Witham (ABP Wessex), Charlotte Hambling (Froneri UK), Richard Moore (Project manager, LBRA).