'Green' cottage in line for award

AN HISTORIC Quaker meeting house in the Scarborough area has been shortlisted for a prestigious countryside award.

Worfolk Cottage, in Staintondale, has been shortlisted in the Restoration Project of the Year in the Yorkshire Rural Awards.

The winners will be announced by BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration at a gala dinner in Harrogate on Thursday May 14, when Shadow Foreign Secretary and Richmond MP William Hague will present the Yorkshireman or Yorkshirewoman of the Year Award.

The cottage is an old stone-built farmhouse on the edge of the North York Moors.

It was first used for Quaker gatherings in 1669 and was later refurbished to create a carbon-neutral retreat for those seeking recreational and spiritual refreshment.

Terry Fletcher, chairman of the judges, said: "The judges were particularly impressed by the way the cottage and its extension had been sympathetically refurbished but incorporating the latest green technology such as wind and solar power."