Blockley Heritage Society seeking £0.4m grant for Heritage Centre development
Blockley Heritage Society has started on the first stage of a £0.4 million grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable the Blockley Heritage Centre to be developed into a multi-faceted facility that will include a permanent heritage exhibition, a heritage library and a meeting hall for seminars, activities and public use.
The Heritage Lottery Fund gave the Society the green light to prepare a grant application when chairman Robert Willott, vice-chairman Roger Thornburgh and treasurer Chris Boddington met with an official in Exeter in March. The next step is to focus on the detailed work required for a “First Round” application. Typically it could take between two and three years to obtain the grant itself, assuming the application is successful.
The Parish Council has already agreed in principle to extend the period of the Heritage Centre lease to satisfy the grant criteria and the Society will now prepare an application for planning consent. Architect John Goom has prepared preliminary plans which will be refined in consultation with exhibition designers and the Society’s trustees.
Blockley parish has a remarkable heritage, comprising so many different and discrete strands each of which is noteworthy and distinctive in itself. Taken together, they make Blockley a unique village with a powerful story to tell that is far greater than the sum of its individual parts - an historical and archaeological heritage that deserves to be shared with the widest possible audience.
The Society now has over 200 members and is inviting people with particular skills to volunteer their help with fund-raising, publicity and member communications. If you would like to get involved we would be delighted to hear from you. Please telephone the chairman Robert Willott on 01386 700677 or email him at email@example.com.The Society plans to form a working group to prepare plans for local fund-raising and expects to be able to announce the exhibition designers very soon.
THE JUBILEE HALL
AVAILABLE FOR HIRE
This is a light, bright, recently refurbished hall seating approximately 80. There is a kitchen and toilets, a drop down projector screen, and effective central heating. Good parking facilities.
The Jubilee Hall is situated a short walk from the village centre, has plenty of car parking available nearby, and is ideal for workshops, parties, meetings and events of all sorts. It is available at very competitive rates, with discount for regular users.
Enquiries to Laurie Clayton on 01386 701528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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