A Round Two Pass!
I am delighted to be able to post the following message which formed the basis of a press release issued by the Mancroft Appeal 300 Committee today, 29th March.
We have received the vital boost we needed, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded the project £260,200.
The Centre has the key aims of –
1 Enabling the public to find out about the rich history of bell-ringing in Norwich, where change ringing was first pioneered over 300 years ago
2 Creating a state of the art training centre for the Eastern counties to train new and existing ringers
3 Taking ringing out to schools and other organisations and hosting a range of events at the Centre for visiting groups.
Fund-raising efforts by local ringers have reached over £150,000. HLF has recognized the project to be an exciting one which brings an ancient art to a wide audience in a fun and innovative way. The grant of £260,200 from HLF will now enable construction work to go ahead later this year, with the Centre opening in summer 2018.
Chairman of Mancroft Appeal 300, Simon Rudd said “The ringers at St Peter Mancroft, their friends, families and ringers from a wide area have worked incredibly hard in the last two years to support and raise funds for this amazing project. The fantastic support from the National Lottery both in financial terms and in advice and encouragement means that the Mancroft Ringing Discovery Centre will now become an exciting and unique heritage venue at the very heart of the ‘Fine City’ of Norwich.”
“We are delighted that through the Mancroft Ringing Discovery Centre, St Peter Mancroft will be able to share its love of bell-ringing and celebrate the importance of ringing in Norwich with even more people. We are also much excited by the prospect of helping to train new generations of bell-ringers in the Eastern Counties and beyond” said Robert Avery, Vicar of St Peter Mancroft.