We are delighted to have considerable support from the AONB: www.southdevonaonb.org.uk – who helped us with our special events this year: a bat walk, bird walk and lots of activities for our Open Day on 21 July – see our Special Events page.
We also have a drone video taken by Jo Johnston, aged 15, of the Church as it is now. If we are successful in our Round 2 application from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, Jo will take several more videos as the building works continue. Drone Video.
St Sylvester’s Church Repair Project
Our application for the National Heritage Lottery Fund grant was finally sent off on 17 February 2020. We now wait for several months until we know the answer.
Activity Plan Development
One of the most important aspects of our Round 2 application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund is an Activity Plan. We have been developing this over the last eight months. We have piloted 11 activities with a twelfth to take place on 5 January 2020 – the Mummers Play.
We have also had an online survey with 109 responses as well as responses from those people attending the activities. In every instance the response has been very positive although two of the activities we have decided not to pursue – it was felt they would be better generated through the East Prawle History Society.
As you can see we now have a sign outside the Church.
Permission to build a car park has now been approved and the car park has been built. See the Car Park page.
On Friday 22 February we held our Celebration party for the grant. There was a short presentation explaining exactly what this all means to the parish and village. See more photographs.
On 23 February Jo Johnston, aged 14, went to the Church with his drone and took amazing photographs of the roof and top of the tower. He also made a video which is on YouTube Drone Video.
A few dates regarding our application for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund:
|Early March 2019||Amanda Le Page (Le Page Architects) was appointed as our architect.|
|8 February 2019||Christina Dixon and her partner Hilary Bracegirdle were appointed our Activity Plan consultants.|
|4 November 2018||A press release was sent out to various newspapers, Sarah Woolaston, our local MP, and various other organisations – see the press release below.|
|3 November 2018||Mark sent out an email updating everyone regarding the current situation.|
|20 September 2018||We received notification that the Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded us a “first round pass” with a development grant of up to £39,300.00 (56% of the total eligible development work cost of £70,327.00) towards developing St Sylvester’s Church renovation and community project to Round 2 submission.|
|23 May 2018||Our application for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund was sent.|