Barrow upon Trent Parish Plan celebrates £9000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Barrow upon Trent Parish Plan is one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) ‘All Our Stories’ grant, it was announced today. This exciting project, “Barrow upon Trent discovers its past” led by the Barrow upon Trent Parish Plan steering committee has been given £9,000 to enable its parishioners to undertake a thorough study of the parish, and its heritage.

Commenting on the award, Jill Scarfe, project co-ordinator said: “We are really thrilled to receive this grant. We know little bits of our parish history and suspect that there is a very great deal more to learn. This grant will give us the opportunity to discover that and to create an archive of material available for us today and for future generations”.

All Our Stories, a brand new small grant programme launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story’, has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage. The popular series presented by historian Michael Wood and supported by a programme of BBC Learning activities and events, got thousands of us asking questions about our history, and inspired us to look at our history in a different way; through the eyes of ordinary people. TV presenter Michael Wood said: “We British love our history, and no wonder: few nations in the world, if any, have such riches on their doorstep, and so much of it accessible to all of us. It is really tremendous that the people have been inspired to get involved to tell their own story and to dig deeper into their own past. lt’s brilliant that so many people are being given the chance to get involved through the All Our Stories grants. Having travelled the length and breadth of the British lsles this last year filming The Great British Story, I am certain that fascinating and moving stories will be uncovered which will not only bring to life the excitement of local history, but will illuminate and enrich every community’s connection with the national narrative.”

The programme and HLF ‘All Our Stories’ has proved a real hit and now Barrow upon Trent is one of hundreds of successful projects around the UK to receive a grant.

Since 2008 the Barrow upon Trent Parish Plan Steering Committee, supported by Ian Hey, Community Partnership Officer at South Derbyshire District Council, has been seeking to find out what developments parishioners wished to see in the community and working hard to put these developments into place. Many folks expressed a wish to know more about the history of the parish and this grant will enable this to happen.

The children, youth group and parishioners will have the opportunity to undertake a study of the parish cottages and houses; the Church and its connections with the St John’s Hospitallers; the remains of the Hospitaller’s Commandery at Arleston; the pinfold and other agricultural features with the assistance of an archaeologist, and this will provide a background for the collection of oral histories from our senior citizens.

The funding will cover the costs of research; for visits of discovery; for equipment to record and digitise the findings, and also for the necessary training.

Emma Sayer, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, said: “Clearly the success of All Our Stories has reinforced the fact that we are indeed a nation of storytellers and that we want to explore and dig deeper into our past and discover more about what really matters to us. This is exactly what the grant will do for the Barrow upon Trent project as they embark on a real journey of discovery.” ENDS Next Page: Notes to editors Notes to editors About Barrow upon Trent Parish Plan Barrow upon Trent Parish Plan was set up in 2008 with the remit to research how parishioners found life in Barrow upon Trent and how they would like to see the parish develop. The plan itself was written in 2010 and since then the steering committee and other volunteers, in co-operation with the Parish Council, have successfully dealt with the majority of the issues raised. In the region of £85,000 has been raised by this small community to improve parish facilities, and this HLF grant will enable us to fulfil the parishioners desire to know more about the history of the Parish.

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