Creativity in Carleton-in-Craven thanks to Grassroots Grants

November 13, 2009

One of the many photos on display in the Creative Carleton exhibition

Gillian Muir is our Grassroots Grants Officer. Grassroots is a grant scheme that provides small amounts of funding (up to £5k) to community groups in North Yorkshire. So Gillian always seems to be out & about visiting really interesting projects. The most recent projects to receive funding have included a water polo club in Ripon and a mini-bus service for elderly people in the Esk Valley. Grassroots have also helped village hall committees, sports clubs, playgroups, local history projects, archaeology and heritage groups and much more! 

Last weekend Gillian was at Carleton Village Hall, near Skipton, where Grassroots has helped a small local group called ‘Creative Carleton’ to create a historic record of the place where they live. The Village Hall played host to an exhibition displaying 200 archive photographs of life in Carleton-in-Craven up to 100 years ago, with over 400 people attending to see photographs of people at work and play. 

Visitors from as far away as Harrogate came to the event to reminisce about past times in the village. Old friends and acquaintances got back in touch, and several reunion parties are already planned. 

Gillian says, “Creative Carleton is an brilliant example of how a small amount of grant money can be used to great effect for the benefit of people in the local community. Grassroots gave £890 to help the group organise the exhibition, which was enjoyed by so many people.”  

Creative Carleton has plans to expand their photographic archive and their oral history project.  For further information about the group, please go to:  For more information on Grassroots Grants, please email Gillian at