Sutton Gault Day – Sunday 29th June 2014

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Abby and Mark from OWLP are attending Sutton Gault Day on Sunday 29th June 2014, looks like lots of fun – poster here

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The Ely Standard piece about last year and photos are well worth a look, please accept my apologies for the brevity of this post but I must get on and organise the fishing game, wiggly worm contest and ‘wordle’ that we are taking with us!

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Our ‘Ouse Washes’ fishing game at a local event last summer

Other blogs on the area/ events:

The Sutton area and surroundings

Other events that we are attending

The Community Heritage Funds grants that we are promoting

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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.

Grants available for Community Projects: now open for applications

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Today we are launching our Community Heritage Fund, our small grants scheme!

 

Grants available for Community Projects

Have you got an idea for a small community heritage project in your local area?  Grants of between £500 and £2,000 are now available to help people look after, learn about, extend the understanding of and to celebrate the unique landscape and hidden heritage of the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (OWLP) area.

 

Who can apply?

Anyone living inside or outside the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership area is eligible to apply, coming from organisations, groups in the voluntary and community sectors or individuals and local companies.

What can we finance?

Projects should have clear public benefits, support the OWLP scheme’s objectives, and provide some input into the partnership’s main events, the Ouse Washes Festival Fortnights planned for July 2015 & 2016.

Project ideas could, for instance, include the creation of a new circular walk/ village information panel, bringing an area’s heritage to life via an oral history project or walks-and-talks, heritage skills training or passing on land-based management skills to others, or perhaps a one-day community event focusing on the culture or natural heritage of your local area.

Many other activities could also certainly qualify for a grant; the above is just indicative of the kind of projects we think people might be interested in carrying out.

 

Do you have a project idea? Why not come and talk to us:

As part of the launch of our Community Heritage Fund scheme we will be touring the area: the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership team will be visiting four characterful pubs spanning the area to discuss your project ideas.

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 on to others if you could as well; thanks.

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How to apply

The first two application rounds have deadlines of 20 August & 30 November 2014. Application forms and grant guidance can be found here (and also in our Resources):

 

We encourage you to contact us if you would like some feedback on your initial ideas; we are there to advise you on your project ideas and to guide you through the application process.

We are looking forward to your project ideas; hope to see you in the pub for one of our pub info sessions!