The Duke of York's Community Initiative Presentation Day

All dresssed in their best bib and tucker, Richard Denton, Janet Denton, Mary Fisher, Marion Newton and Mary Elphee, representing Churchfied Open Space Committee, leave York by train heading for Huddersfield University where they are to attend a lunch followed by an Award Ceremony hosted by HRH Prince Andrew the Duke of York.  The Commnittee have been awarded the presstigious "Duke of York's Comminity Initiative" Award.  Richard Denton (Committee Chairman) is to accept the Award on behalf of the Committee.

On arrival at University, and following the  all-to-familiar security checks, they assembled in the main Sports Hall and allocated numbered groups.  At around 12.00 noon, a pleasant lunch was served and then our group  took their seaats in thee sports Hall in readiness for HRH's arrival.  

After sitting patiently for about an hour, the Prince arrived and the Award Ceremony began. The Duke comenced by delivering an amusing but heartfelt speach whereby the Award Winners were applauded by the Duke of York for the time they spent and their dedication to their varied and diverse projects. He emphasised that he could think of only  two words he could offer to the recipients and these were "THANK YOU".

Following the speach formalities a representative from each  Award Winning project was presented to the Prince .  Our Representative Richard, sporting a new tie bought especially for the occasionn, was presented with the Award and the remaining members were afforded an opportunity to capture the moment on camera (see below).  

When all the Awards had been given, HRH then took time to meet, greet and speak with each group in turn.  When speaking to our group, he  took time to listen to a brief description of the Open Space projects past, present a future.  The Prince  demonstrated a warm and friendly personality and a sense of humour which made the audience with him easy and relaxed.

The Wigginton Open Space Committee wish to thank the Iniative's Assessors, the Huddersfield University and above all HRH Prince Andrew,, The Duke of York for taking time out of his very busy Schedule to honour our Committee and all the other recipients for their hard work and dedication on their numersous and diverse community projects (as evidenced below).


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Other Initiative Award Winners:

  • One Good Turn: Kirklees
  • Appex Challenge:  Leeds
  • iTrust: Barnsley
  • North Duffied Dragons Junior Football Club
  • Ruddi's Retgreat: Huddersfield
  • Crossroads Care:  Harrogate, Craven & York
  • Ground Floor Projects: Hebden Bridge
  • Conisbrough Community Association
  • Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation
  • York Carers' Centre
  • Artistic Spectrum Ltd, Thorne
  • Doncaster New Directions
  • FLARA- Young People's Space Project: Brighouse
  • Driffield Methodist Church
  • Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service
  • St Augustine's Centre, Halifax
  • Tigers Trust: Castleford/Wakefield
  • St Michaels Hospice : Harrogate
  • Ilkley and District Good Neighbours
  • Riccall Regen 2000 Ltd
  • Breathng Space: Northallerton
  • Supporting Older People CIO : Harrogate
  • Friends of Skelton Grange: Leeds
  • Friends of Hollybush Conservation Centre : Leeds
  • AMP  Awards CIC : Harrogate
  • York CAB
  • Saras Flowers and Teas : Barnsley
  • St George's Crypt : Leeds
  • Hull and East Yorkshire Villagers at War : North Ferriby
  • Yorkshire and Humberside Circles of Support and Accountability : York
  • Sant Nirankari Mandal (UK) : Bradford
  • Equine Pathways UK: Leeds.
  • Bridge Street Pentecostal Church : Leeds
  • Denby Dale Community Project
  • Mount Cricket Club : Batley
  • Neighbourhood Action in Farnley : New Farnley & Moor Top Leeds
  • The Goole & District Commuinity Transport Group
  • The Dojo Martial Arts Acadamy.