Summer Shows

Rural Action Yorkshire had a busy few months attending the shows and markets around North Yorkshire.  Even though it was summer the shows and markets were a great place to meet people and chat about how they heat their homes and how we at RAY can help them to reduce heating costs and save energy. 
 
Many visitors were concerned with how they were going to make ends meet this winter and the problems they face without access to mains gas and energy companies increasing prices and changing tarrifs.  We had a great response at Rosedale Show, Reeth Market and Muker Show to our survey and lively discussions which are helping us understand what rural communities need and how we can support them.
 
Great Yorkshire Show

We were invited to attend the Great Yorkshire Show again in July as part of the Involve Yorkshire and Humber stand.  We took the opportunity to talk to visitors about the issues they face in their communities, including rising fuel costs, village shops and services and affordable housing.  We also asked visitors to map their broadband service, by covering our big map with coloured stickers.  This was a really useful exercise and will inform our future work, particularly with North Yorkshire County Council.
 
We also took our newest recruit – knitted Ray – to the show and he enjoyed the networking and being featured in our colouring competition.  Our winner was Amy Kettle and her picture features on our front cover.

Showtime in Ryedale

Rural Action Yorkshire attended Rosedale & Ryedale Shows promoting the work we do in rural areas and meeting new community people and groups and catching up with ‘old friends’ and a great opportunity to network with colleagues from other voluntary sector organisations.
 
Agricultural shows are a great opportunity to celebrate all things rural and marvel at the wonderful entries in the tents, especially the homemade jams & cakes, the traditional rows of cattle and sheep along with the more recent alpacas.
 
At Ryedale Show we tempted visitors along to our stand with a ‘Yorkshire’ hamper and free tickets to ‘Go Ape’ in Dalby Forest and Family Pass on the North York Moors Railway, kindly donated by the attractions, which were prizes in a photo quiz.  The main theme of our consultation at Ryedale Show was broadband, or lack of it in rural areas.  Nearly all of those we spoke to said it could definitely be improved!    
 
Rosedale Show is not as large as Ryedale but the setting is amazing, set in an undulating site surrounded by hills, it was a beautiful day which resulted in a record number of visitors.  Again a photo competition tempted visitors with another hamper of local produce and a Family ticket to Castle Howard as the prize. 
 
We had many interesting conversations with both locals and visitors from all over the country, not surprisingly the areas of concern were very similar, lack of housing for young local families, the cost of fuel for both travel and heating homes and lack of local employment opportunities being the most mentioned.
 
 
See more of our photos and try to spot ‘Where’s Ray?’ in our online albums at www.flikr.com/ruralyorkshire