Grassroots Giving community scheme launched at village fete

PUBLISHED: 18:15 30 April 2015 | UPDATED: 18:15 30 April 2015

Free Cakes for Kids

Free Cakes for Kids


Skipton Building Society celebrated the 2015 launch of its award-winning community scheme Grassroots Giving by holding a “village fete” in celebration of some of its previous winners at its head office, The Bailey.

The Mayor and Mayoress of SkiptonThe Mayor and Mayoress of Skipton

The Mayor of Skipton, Councillor John Dawson, officially opened the fete, which saw the Society’s cafe area turned into Skipton’s own indoor village fete complete with grass carpet, bunting, picket fence, picnic tables, market stalls and a sweet trolley.

Previous Grassroots Giving winners present who had a stall to showcase their wares include Ilkley-based Nelly’s Craft Work, who run craft lessons for the elderly to help prevent isolation; Keighley Astronomical Society who have members from all walks of life and work to share knowledge with their local communities; and Free Cakes for Kids who make home-made birthday cakes for children who may never have had one before due to poverty, homelessness or because they are estranged from their family.

The hundreds of guests who attended were also treated to performances by two winning groups of Barbershop singers, The Vale of York Barbershop and Main Street Sound from York, both of whom regularly use their talents to raise money for local charities.

The Vale of York Barbershop is a ‘choir’ with a difference. Known as the ‘Spirit Of Harmony’ they are a 55 piece male chorus, spanning 4 generations, with members traveling from all corners of Yorkshire and the North East to be involved. After winning countless medals and with many international performances under their belts, the group is still very much a community group and regularly perform at local fundraising events, or after dinner performances across Yorkshire. The Barbershop singers also offer free ‘Learn To Sing’ courses, open to all ages, making them not only performers, but volunteers providing a service to their local community. This group was the second highest scoring group in the public voting, nationwide in grassroots giving’s inaugural year.

Nelly's Craft WorkNelly's Craft Work

Main Street Sound Ladies Barbershop Chorus is an a cappella chorus of 48 ladies of ages ranging from 17 to 70+, all singing in close harmony. The chorus has been in existence since 1996 and is the only ladies barbershop chorus in York.

This is the third year Skipton has run the Grassroots Giving scheme. In previous years, a total of £160,500 has been donated to 321 small community groups across the country, including many in the Yorkshire area.

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