Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

August 1st 2011

Our Heritage Journey: Heritage Lottery Fund Bid

In this stage we develop the proposal and apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a significant amount of money to enable us to achieve our objectives.

The project is being run by the Ffestiniog Railway Heritage Ltd, and the team involved (so far) are Stephen Murfitt (FRHL Chairman) and Adrian Gray and Andrew Scott (both FRHL directors) and Alan Norton, who has volunteered to be project coordinator for this stage.

As part of the ongoing bid, Stage 2 is to develop the project idea and costs, and then apply for funding. We are being assisted and guided on this by a team of experienced people from Querceus Design, funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Whilst there is an overall aim to the project and many ideas have been developed, there is still a huge chance to influence how the project will work and what is incorporated. The next few months are all about all the dedicated, hard-working people with an opinion having chance to put their views across. This includes staff, volunteers, local people, historians, members, supporters…

  • A schedule for the necessary work has been developed and the following are the significant milestones:
  • Right now we are issuing an invitation for comments from all supporters. See below for links. There will be paper copies available on the railway for those people that prefer hard copy rather than digital communication.
  • During August, our various heritage specialists (you!) will be invited to share your thoughts with the consulting team.
  • During early September, the consultants will liase with operational staff to discuss the implications of their ideas.
  • At Superpower Weekend (10/11th September), the “story so far” will be displayed and written comments invited on the Saturday. On Sunday, there will be a session from 10.00 until 12.00 for people to put their ideas / thoughts / comments in person.
  • A similar exercise will be repeated at Vintage Weekend (14-16th October).
  • It is hoped to complete the development of the project during November, and we will share this with interested people.

We expect to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund during December, and a response could take up to six months, depending how we fit into their cycle.
Alongside this, the latest news, hot off the press, is that Cadw have, on July 19th, indicated that they would accept an application from us for funding towards a heritage centre at Boston Lodge, from their Heritage Tourism Fund, specifically the pot titled “Wales – the first industrial nation”. We now have to work out how to put together a funding bid, and how to integrate it with the funding application to HLF.

So, please do take just a few moments to share your views… you are the experts whose views are essential if this bid is to be successful.

The ‘Journey into our Heritage’ / ‘Taith I’n Treftadaeth’ questionnaire is available in both Welsh and English (on the same document).

Click here to download and have your say (word ’97 doc).
To save the document, right click on the link and click 'save as'.

Alan Norton

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