Affetside Millennium Green Trust Croquet on the Millennium Green Function on the Millennium Green Old Bus Turnaround Affetside MGT Logo Peter Morris, first Chair of Affetside Millennium Green Trust Old bus turnaround In 1997 it became known that GMPTE were open to offers for the sale of a disused bus turn-  around that they had created in the centre of the village in the late 1970’s. The land was adjacent  to a large private dwelling that was interested in purchasing the bus turn-around and redeveloping it as tennis courts. Around this time The Countryside Commission had just started their project to  form 250 Millennium Greens across the country by the turn of the Millennium.   A group of residents held a meeting in the village church to gauge the interest of the community  and a steering group was formed in order to pursue the funding that was available to create a  public area in the village centre. The driving force behind this was Peter Morris and Tony Rogers,  and we are grateful to both Peter and Tony for their energy, drive and persistence in getting the  Green completed. Unfortunately, Peter never enjoyed the benefit of his labours for too long as he  moved away from the village shortly after its completion, and Tony did the same recently,  although remains in the district.  A design was drafted in conjunction with the school and the Green today still has many features  that the school children wished to see; unfortunately, the school children did not get to use the  Green too often as shortly after the Greens’ completion the Labour controlled council decided to  close the school. The whole process of design and construction took over three years from inception to completion.  One of the qualifying criteria was that a charitable trust was formed by residents to manage the  upkeep and running of the Green. The charitable trust is still running with the trust members being active in their fundraising so that  residents and visitors alike can continue to enjoy the Green today. The Affetside Millennium Green Trust was the second organised group to form within the  Village. It started out it life in 1997 with the formation of a ‘steering group’ to oversee the  creation of a Village Green on a dis-used bus turn-around in the centre of the Village Peter Morris