Build back better letter to MP

We would like your help in showing our MP Rishi Sunak that a lot of people are asking that the Government take the opportunity to build back better following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now, more than ever, we need to think how we live. Please sign our online letter to Rishi Sunak, if you live in the Stokesley and Villages area, to show that you want the country to build back better from the Covid-19 pandemic and in so doing address the climate and ecological emergency.

Please can you share the letter with friends, family and colleagues.

We will be sending the letter and the list of signatories to Rishi Sunak MP on Thursday 8th October, along with lots of other groups around the country, as part of the Build Back Better campaign.

Keep well and look after yourselves, each other and the planet.


On behalf of the Climate Action Stokesley and Villages Steering Group

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Climate action meeting 18th August

We will be having an online meeting on Tuesday 18th August. We thought we would have a short meeting in August from 8:00 – 9:00 pm, with the steering group meeting from 7:30 – 8:00 pm. This will give the different sub-groups, that have been ‘meeting’ through a variety of formats, a chance to hear what progress has been made with the move from visioning to action planning.

If you would like to join the online meeting, and are not already on our mailing list, please contact us for details.

Endeavour Way update July 2020

Last week the Government launched its new Cycling and Walking Plan for England along with a range of measures to encourage walking and cycling. There isn’t a better time to push for routes needed to help decarbonise transport.

In order to move forward with the plans for the Endeavour Way, a new sub-group of the Stokesley and Community Partnership has been set up. The group is called the Public and Active Transport – Stokesley and Villages (PAT) group and in the long term it will have a wider remit than the Endeavour Way.

The group has submitted a response to North Yorkshire County Council’s call for Councillors and walking/cycling groups to prioritise routes for funding through the Emergency Active Travel fund. Unfortunately, this fund is not appropriate for the Endeavour Way route due to the size of the pot of money and when it needs to be spent. However, the group look forward to having a conversation with North Yorkshire County Council about working together to be ready to access appropriate funding when it becomes available.

North Yorkshire County Council has asked people to add routes they would like developed to their online map using a simple form. Please can you add the Endeavour Way route to show the level of support there is for the route and any other routes you would like to see be developed. 

Group update 6th July

Our latest group update including a request for you to join in the Build Back Better campaign and urge you to ask your friends and neighbours as well in order to show our MP that a lot of his constituents are asking for a green recovery plan from the coronavirus pandemic.  

If you would like to sign up to receive group updates, then please complete our mailing list form.

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Climate Action meeting Tuesday 16th June

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 16th June, starting at 7:30 pm looking at planning how to achieve our vision. We will be organising a separate online meeting on the theme of food and farming later in June/ early July.

If you would like to join the online meeting, and are not already on our mailing list, please contact us for details.


Unsheltered – by Barbara Kingsolver

For me, this was a life changing novel. It has deepened my understanding of the thinking about why some people think how they do and what motivates them to do so.

As an unabashed devotee of the Great American Novel I was eager to read the latest book by Barbara Kingsolver which promised to deliver on her earlier portrayals of an unravelling set of characters beset by existential threats and other more mundane ones. Quite simply, I enjoyed the different layers of this novel. On one level it is a story about some liberal, educated folk who have fallen on hard times, chronicling how they deal with birth and death. On another, it tackles the conundrums posed by rational scientific discovery when pitted against belief.

There is a further modern day political polemic discussion surrounding the rise and popularity of the current occupant of the White House which may, in time, date the popularity and relevance of this novel but for me made it especially enthralling as it attempts to address the question of why people find ‘the Bullhorn’ (Trump) acceptable. Trump has indeed engaged me in the machinations of American politics and I think this is because of the life lessons his saga has given me. However, he is but a minor subplot!

The story enfolds along two parallel narratives which I found myself ripped between. The first is set in modern day academic daily life and the other in correspondence with Darwin, scientific enquiry and the social morays of the time. The binding themes between the two narratives are the environment and our attitudes towards it and it is these themes that drive me to recommend it to you.

Rebecca McFarlane