History group produce new souvenir walks and heritage booklet with support from the Western Area Community Engagement Forum (CEF).
Monk Fryston Time Team has just published their booklet, Monk Fryston Past and Present, which includes four local walks of varying length around the villages of Hillam and Monk Fryston. A further walk is a self-guided trail through the heritage of Monk Fryston. Six local businesses are stocking the booklets, which is on sale at just £3.
Susan Newton, honorary secretary of the Time Team, explained, “There is such a wealth of history and heritage in this area but many people just don’t realise it. This booklet is a great way to share our knowledge as it includes research undertaken by our Time Team group.
“It also provides a pictorial record of past and present scenes of village life – it is a keepsake and a souvenir as well as a walking guide.
All the walks start from outside Monk Fryston Post Office and are on public roads, footpaths, bridleways or permissive routes. Monk Fryston has 12 listed buildings and is also a conservation area.
The CEF gave the group £924 towards the cost of producing the booklets. Chair of Western area CEF, Andrew Pound, commented, “This project celebrates the history that is right under our noses and helps bring it to a wider audience. As well as sharing local knowledge these walks are easy for visitors to the area and local residents to complete.
“The Western CEF supported the scheme as it promotes many of the Forums own aims, which includes promoting healthy living.”
The history group has also with the help of Lottery funding placed information boards in the village, provided information banners in the local church and established a mini museum of local artefacts in the village hotel.
There are five CEFs covering the Selby District – Central, Eastern, Western, Southern and Tadcaster & Villages. Each has £20,000 to spend on local projects that make a difference in their communities.
Find out more about the work of the CEFs.