Want to try-out and pilot new innovative work in 2019? Apply for funding now

News

Autumn 2018 newsletter

Boxer and Hound

Katy and Jake’s Settle coffee bar and bottle shop, Boxer and Hound, is a labour of love and the ticket to a country lifestyle for their family. The couple moved to the area a couple of years ago from Bradford, attracted to Settle because the train links meant they could commute to their sales jobs…

Steep and Filter

Michael Jennings never considered living in the rural North until he met his wife, Alex, who is from Skipton. The couple, who met at university in Liverpool, decided to make the town their home, drawn by Alex’s roots but also a desire to live in a lovely area but one which is also accessible to…

Ollie Collie

Heather Thomas moved with her family from the Midlands to Sedbergh nearly four years ago. Said Heather: “We had always talked about moving to the country and when our son was coming up to finishing primary school we decided it was now or never. I was pregnant with my second child and didn’t want to…

Events around our great place

GPLD creative consultants have been out and about at various events throughout the area. France-Leigh and Emily, our creative economy team, have been chatting to people at the first two of the monthly Bob-Ups: get-togethers held in Skipton and Sedbergh so far. The next one is planned for Bentham Community Library on Thursday November 1…

Settle Down in Settle

Settle has a vibe unlike anywhere else. It’s stunningly beautiful, outdoorsy and artistic, contemporary yet traditional, safe, lovable and bursting with opportunity. It was also recently named in The Sunday Times top 10 of places to live in the countryside in the UK – no surprise there for its 2,500 residents. Once you’ve fallen for…

Know any good places?

We’re on the hunt for Lakes and Dales hidden gems, the unused or unusual spaces from Skipton to Grasmere and everywhere in between, which could be used differently as part of our creative work to highlight our area’s uniqueness. We’d love to hear from anyone with their suggestions. It will all be part of our…

Creative Conference to Unveil Research Findings

We’re getting excited about our Creative Connections conference which will be held on Broughton Hall estate, near Skipton, on November 22 and 23. The results of our major research commission will be revealed and plans for new cultural events discussed at the two-day interactive event to be held at Avalon, the newly opened wellbeing centre…

France-Leigh Hadrysiak

Name: France-Leigh Hadrysiak. Role: Creative Consultant. Where is your Great Place within the Lakes and Dales and why? Anywhere in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There’s something about the light, the colours, the air …. Who, what or where inspires you? You don’t have to look far to find inspiring people and…

Richard Dowson

Name? Richard Dowson Role? Placemaking creative consultant. I work on strengthening the connection between people and spaces within the Lakes and Dales. Where is your Great Place within the Lakes and Dales and why? Coniston Water, I love the beauty of the lake and surrounding villages. What’s your ideal day? I used to be a…

Shaun and Beth Nixon

GPLD has a number of experts working with us to help boost the appeal of our area for younger people. Shaun and Beth Nixon, of Craven Digital, are our techie gurus, our connections creatives who look after issues from broadband to websites. We caught up with Shaun to hear their story… Shaun Nixon decided to…

Summer 2018 newsletter

Research will be at the centre of GPLD

A major research study to explore and try and understand the perceptions of younger people towards living and working in the Lakes and Dales will steer GPLD programme delivery. The Audience Agency, which specialises in cultural research and has worked on a wide range of rural place based research commissions, is leading an expert and…

Famous designer hosted inspirational events

We are delighted that inspirational British designer Wayne Hemingway is working with us as an ambassador to pioneer a major cultural festival celebrating our Great Place. The co-founder of award winning multi-disciplinary designers, HemingwayDesign, and whose first brand was Red or Dead, hosted two interactive events in Skipton and Kendal to get people involved in…

Grassington was the place

We teamed up with Grassington Festival to make it easier for younger people to access the event and to provide some free fun activities. We worked with Hope and Social to run their ‘This Must Be The Place’ music project linking locations with people’s memories and ‘sense of belonging’, which was the theme of this…

Be inspired by our creative champions

Be inspired by our Creative Champions It’s always interesting to hear how younger people are bringing an entrepreneurial approach to creating work opportunities to enable them to live and work in the Lakes and Dales. Many inspirational people have been in touch telling us their stories, about how much they love the Lakes and Dales…

Photo competition

Love taking pictures? Love the Dales and Lakes? Combine the two to show us your creative talents and capture what opportunity looks like in the area for you. It could be a building, a place, a landscape, a local business, creative people or somewhere/someone that simply inspires you. Think outside the box but be sure…

One year on

In autumn 2018 GPLD will be celebrating its first 12 months with a creative two day conference in November at Broughton Hall just outside Skipton. A mixture of creative workshops, inspirational key note speakers, guest panels and cultural activities will feature along with publication of our research commission findings and announcements of new GPLD schemes…

Get involved in your Great Place

If, like us you’re passionate about our Great Place and want to help ensure it’s an appealing area to call home for younger people, please get involved! From contributing ideas to sharing your thoughts via a blog, hands-on help for events to shaping planning policies and local plans, we need 16 to 44-year-olds on board…

Elisa Lafuente

Elisa Lafuente, who was born and brought up in Spain, found artistic inspiration in the Lakes and Dales, settled in Kirkby Lonsdale and is exhibiting her paintings at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh this summer. Her website is www.emlafuente.com. Elisa said: “The open countryside inspires me for my work and the super-fast internet connection in the area…

Em Hill

Em Hill gave up the chance to move to London and pursue a career in singing because she felt her home was in the Lakes. Now she is managing The Jumble Room restaurant in Grasmere and hasn’t looked back since. “I was born in Grasmere, grew up in Hawkshead and now I live in Outgate,”…

Alice Cummings

Alice Cummings moved to Malham because she always wanted to live in the countryside. Six years later she has retrained as a dog groomer so she can work from home and stay in the village she has grown to love. Alice said: “I love living in Malham and I see this self-employed job as the…

David Smurthwaite

Name: David Smurthwaite Role? Strategic manager for planning and regeneration at Craven District Council. I am the chairman of the GPLD creative board. Where is your Great Place within the Lakes and Dales and why? Skipton, especially on a lovely evening. Who, what or where inspires you? I am a regular Glastonbury goer and I…

Manon Keir

Name: Manon Keir Role? Programme support officer. I am behind the scenes, making sure everything ticks along and I am the first point of contact for people getting in touch with the project. Where is your Great Place within the Lakes and Dales and why? My garden! We have only been in our house since…

Lindsey Hebden

Name? Lindsey Hebden Role? Programme Manager, I strategically manage and direct the delivery of the Great Place Lakes and Dales Programme. Where is your Great Place within the Lakes and Dales and why? My family (past and present) who live here, they are my home. Who, what or where inspires you? My husband; he makes…

Welcome

WELCOME FROM LINDSEY HEBDEN, GPLD PROGRAMME MANAGER Welcome to the first newsletter from Great Place: Lakes and Dales (GPLD). We have hit the ground running working towards using culture and heritage to encourage younger people to live and work in the Lakes and Dales. I have enjoyed an incredibly busy but very rewarding first few…

Keep up to date

Get email updates about the project