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Yorkshire Subterranean Society

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Helwith Bridge, nr Settle

The Yorkshire Subterranean Society was formed by three avid cavers from Pontefract in 1964. The club has gone on to become one of the largest in the Yorkshire Dales and holds regular meets to various caving areas around the Dales and beyond.

This project has been successful in gaining LEADER funding of £50,000 to spend on the ‘Old School’ – the Society’s meeting place which can also provide Bunkhouse accommodation to groups of visiting cavers. The money will be used to convert a large unused section of the loft area into a meeting room and library, including a small kitchen area complete with new kitchen facilities.

The society has amassed a comprehensive library of reference books and magazines which are currently stored in members’ homes across the country. The new facility would mean the library could be established and be available to members and visitors alike. The Society believes that this will increase community cohesion, provide a financial boost to the local economy and increase the use of the building by more people. There will be computer access available for the community and a meeting room that can used as well as a room downstairs that can be used to host local activities such as evening classes or meetings for a minimal cost.

You can find out more about the YSS at www.yssuk.com


The funding for this project is being made available through the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union.

Click here to find out more about European Funding.


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