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The Society has been very active for some years now, engaging with the pupils at North Duffield Community Primary School. In more recent months we have been assisting York Archaeological Trust Community Archaeologist in delivering a course of introduction to archaeology to a group of adults with learning disabilities. We have formed a relationship with staff and pupils at Chapel Haddlesey School and are looking to provide our Education Pack to all primary schools in the Selby District with the co-operation of North Yorkshire County Council. In addition, we were invited to host the winners of a National Competition run by the Council for British Archaeology for their Young Archaeologists Club. All of these factors contributed to us being selected to receive the Duke of York's Community Initiative Award.

Following a rigorous assessment by two independent assessors from the Scheme on 12th September 2013, we received notification of our success and duly attended a Civic Function at The Spa, Bridlington on 10th October 2013.

HRH The Duke of York handed the Award Citation to Brian Elsey followed by an opportunity to talk to the Duke about the work we have been doing. John Ellwood,(Chairman) Tony Stevens,(Secretary) and Eileen Crisp, (Treasurer) plus Brian Elsey (Archaeology Co-Ordinator) found the occasion both rewarding and humbling, not only because our work had been recognised in such a way but due to the 40 other groups who had been recognised for the work that they, too, had been doing in their respective communities.

We had a wonderful day, everything was organised to perfection by the team of volunteers that manage the Dukes A ward Scheme.

And, apparently, it does not end there. We will be reassessed in three years time and, if we can keep the momentum going and meet their very stringent criteria, we could be eligible for a further Award.

The Award 2013

Brian Elsey receives the award from HRH Duke of York

John Ellwood, Tony Stevens , Eileen Crisp and Brian Elsey talk to HRH