Residents of Farndale are hoping their dogged determination to build a new village hall will soon pay off.
For years they have struggled to keep their old World War 2 hut at Church Houses in use with constant repairs but now, says chairman Barry Sunley, it is beyond repair.
A new hall is likely to cost some £250,000, he says, and so far the scattered community of the picturesque dale have raised £40,000 through scores of events, from concerts to coffee mornings, as well as having another £20,000 promised in donations.
But still faced with a massive shortfall, says Barry, the village hall committee is making new plea to The Big Lottery Fund to help.
“We very narrowly missed out on a grant when we first applied but this time we hope we might pull it off.”
The hall is the hub of the community, being used by families living in one of the remotest parts of Ryedale and the North York Moors National Park. It is also used by visiting groups of scouts and cyclists, said Barry. “We are determined to succeed because the hall is vital to our dale’s social life.”