Anniversary Celebrations continue
As well as 2015 being the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Trust, it is also the 20th year that the Director has been in post. Earlier this summer, the Trustees took the opportunity to present Graham Bell with a commemorative bowl, created by local glass artist Jane Charles. The Trustees and staff look forward to working with Graham for many more years to come.
Warwick Bridge Corn Mill project receives £1,379,300 for new lease of life
North of England Civic Trust (NECT) is excited to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £1,379,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards its ambitious £2m project for the historic corn mill in Warwick Bridge.
NECT is also very grateful for the support of the Architectural Heritage Fund throughout the development period for this project and beyond. Their help and shared vision for the future of this last unrestored corn mill in Cumbria has been crucial in getting us to this point.
The support of Cumbria County Council through the local ward councillor's budget is also welcome as this will allow our education programme to commence in advance of the physical works to the building.
Latest news: We are delighted to report that the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Headley Trust have offered us grant support for the project, bringing us closer to our £2m total.
We have also been offered funding through Historic England which is enabling some temporary protection work to commence on site, before the hibernation period for the protected wildlife comes into effect at the start of November. Our thanks to all those who have supported us so far.
The mill as seen today has remained almost unchanged as part of the village and its life since the 1840s, though it can trace its origins back to the era of the Doomsday Book. Its future has been uncertain, so this lifeline support from HLF is the essential catalyst NECT has been hoping for. The project will bring the mill back into full working order as both an asset for the community and its local economy.
For the full press release and links to media coverage please see our news page.