Radio Interview – Community Heritage Fund

Mark stars on the radio again

Mark Nokkert – the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (OWLP) Programme Manager – was Logosinvited onto BBC Radio Cambridgeshire early on Saturday morning. Seven o’clock to be precise – the sacrifices he makes for OWLP!

The interview was relatively brief but gave Mark the opportunity to get the message about the Community Heritage Fund out to a wider audience.

The Community Heritage Fund

This fund is for small grants of between £500 and £2000 available to individuals or groups inside Captureor outside the OWLP area for projects which “help people look after, learn about, extend the understanding of and celebrate the unique landscape and hidden heritage of the area”. You can read all about it in a previous blog post here.

We have had several expressions of interest from people who are hoping to secure some of this funding, but we are keen to encourage more people to come forward with new and inspiring ideas. Some examples of ideas we’ve had so far are to improve access to local walks through digitisation of walk maps, the development of “silent” canoe trips focusing on bank-side flora and fauna, a “ride-and-walk” tractor and trailer tour allowing for a tractor “walk” and stops for talks about the local flora and fauna, the creation of new circular walks with interpretation panels, a new hide, the cleaning up of a former railway station and then having community events there, the creation of a film by a local heritage centre about the area’s cultural heritage to be shown in homes and pubs throughout the area, the establishment of tours looking specifically at the area’s drainage engineering, fen poetry writing workshops, and microlight aerial photography. But there may be something completely different that you think would fulfil the criteria and engage the local community in the area, its story and its history. An ideal thought starting point: “Get people involved”.

If you are interested in applying for a grant and would like to speak to us, you’ll probably find us in the pub! (See accompanying image, above).

Please come and see us and enjoy a complimentary snack or two!

  •  Lamb & Flag, Welney – Monday 30th June 5.30 – 7. 30 pm
  •  Jenyns Arms, Denver Sluice – Tuesday 1st July 7 – 9 pm
  •  Three Pickerels, Mepal – Wed 2nd July 5.30 – 7.30 pm
  •  Old Ferryboat Inn, Holywell – Thursday 3rd July 5.30 – 7.30 pm

Please find our leaflet here, for the four above events: Community Heritage Fund A5 poster (PDF, 0.5MB) – please hang this up for people to see or pass around to friends, family and colleagues.

Application forms and grant guidance can be found here (and also in our Resources):

The full interview

You can hear the full radio interview given by Mark by clicking below. Once again, as a result of technical restrictions we are not able to upload the interview to this blog for you to download, however if you would like a copy of the file please get in touch and we will happily provide one.

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About jonoatousewashes

Programme Support Officer for the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (OWLP) scheme. I will be supporting the 3-year delivery phase of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant-aided scheme which is run in close cooperation with a wide range of local, regional and national partner organisations. The various OWLP projects focus on: conservation works to historic and natural environmental assets; improving community participation & engagement with the landscape and its heritage; increasing access and learning opportunities; and providing more opportunities for training in traditional land management skills. The overall aim is to leave a long-term legacy for this fascinating and unique landscape, in the process creating tangible improvements to social, economic and environmental aspects of this landscape, its heritage and communities. Find out more about the landscape, the aims of the project and the partnership by following our: Blog, https://ousewasheslps.wordpress.com/ Twitter: @ousewasheslp