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Last week proved to be a devastating one for many people in the Reeth, Bellerby and Grinton areas of The Yorkshire Dales (and the neighbouring area) with torrential rain, flooding and huge damage to properties, businesses, livestock and livelihoods.

Despite everything, a big effort to help and support swung into action and it was great to see the Young Farmers Club members, YD National Park members and many other helpers joining together to rebuild stone walls and clear debris to try and improve the chances of Reeth Show going ahead on 26th August. Wensleydale Show Committee (the Show is on Saturday 24th August 2019) are planning a flood response and are hoping that visitors will come in their droves to support the Show and the local area and consider making their own response to the priority needs of those affected by recent weather events.

The Farmer Network, The NFU, Yorkshire Dales National Park, NYCC, Environment Agency, FCN, RABI and others met at Richmond District Council offices on Friday to discuss a coordinated Flood Recovery Plan. With Rishi Sunak MP for Richmond, let's hope he can have some influence with a positive response from DEFRA.

There is a public meeting at Leyburn Mart on Wednesday 7th August at 12 noon which will bring together farmers and other local community members to discuss their needs. I will be going along to represent this Network (and YAS), so please let me know if there's any comments you wish to make/suggestions you have. We are going along to get first hand information of what help is needed and talk to those who are coordinating a practical response. The local people are the very best people to inform what action is needed and what will help them the most, so this is a good opportunity to listen. The Dales Farmer Network are bringing us all together and can be contacted on 01768 868615 or admin@thefarmernetwork.co.uk

I am sure we have all been following the situation in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire too. Once again, there has been an amazing human response to dealing with the threat of the dam collapsing and Engineers and many others have been doing all that is possible to ensure the safety of the local population.

As if we needed reminding, resilience is key when the going gets tough and that is where our efforts will need to be focused as we all face the future.

Charles Smith, CEO at Farming Community Network has announced his retirement after 8 years of service to the Charity. We wish him well.



Kate Dale
Yorkshire Rural Support Network Coordinator
(Monday and Tuesday 9am to 5pm)


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