It is now a year and a half since, following the decision by the Parish Council to stop funding the public toilets in Gargrave, Bee Faulkner invited people who wanted to see the toilets kept open to a public meeting held at Simon Myer's house. Much to Bee and Simon’s surprise (and delight) over 30 people turned up at that meeting and GNAT — Gargrave Needs a Toilet — was born.
In the village the scheme was met with all kinds of reactions from enthusiasm through to something bordering on hostility, with quite a lot of people being indifferent or bemused — why did we need a toilet when we all lived near enough home to get back and use our own facilities? But of course Gargrave does get a lot of visitors: particularly walkers and cyclists who appreciate having this facility. We came perilously close to having a boarded up building in the middle of our village, which would then have probably been graffitied and become a dumping ground for litter.
But no, thanks to the sterling efforts of so many people who have raised money, donated, cleaned, made signage, decorated, organised repairs, did repairs, planted flowers and goodness knows what else, we have lovely public toilets still in our village. The only toilets on the A65 between Harrogate and the Lakes! We have bucked the trend, so many other villages having closed their toilets. Gargrave is an exceptionally friendly and welcoming place and the toilets are part of that friendly welcome.
So let’s give a cheer and a big thank you for all of the people who have given their time and/or their funds to keep the toilets open — you have done a truly wonderful thing.
We have had an excellent year and a half raising funds to improve the toilets but there is an ongoing need for monies to keep the toilets going, and the best way to do this is for people to give a small monthly donation via a standing order. The standing order can be for as little as one or two pounds a month, or more if you feel you can afford it. This way we would have a guaranteed income coming in each month which would enable us to be more confident and plan for the future.
So if you can afford it, and wish to support GNAT then please donate here via GoFundMe or set up a standing order to:
GNAT (Account Number: 53123018 Sort code: 01-07-93)
Many thanks for your generosity.
Thank you for your support.
DonationsSee top donations
- Jane Bloomfield
- David Shand
- Liz Laing
- Dominic Burch
Fundraising team: GNAT (2)
#1 fundraising platform
More people start fundraisers on GoFundMe than on any other platform. Learn more
In the rare case something isn’t right, we will work with you to determine if misuse occurred. Learn more
Expert advice, 24/7
Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more