Source: Cornish Guardian
Grant to celebrate Lostwithiel's medieval bridge
LOSTWITHIEL Town Forum has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to celebrate the town's medieval bridge.
The project has been awarded £8,800 to renovate the street furniture on the Grade 1-listed bridge, to install interpretation signs and to run a number of events to share the history of the ancient structure with the public.
The HLF's Sharing Heritage scheme is a new funding programme to help people across the UK explore, conserve and share all aspects of the history and character of their local area.
Town forum members will co-ordinate the restoration work with a Cornwall Council conservation officer, and then involve many organisations within Lostwithiel to celebrate the historic bridge, which is central to many community events in the town.
The forum will be working with Lostwithiel Museum and Lostwithiel School as part of the Derek Taylor Award.
The late Mr Taylor was a local school teacher and historian.
There are plans to offer all young people in the town the chance to write a short story which will from a special class at the annual September produce show. At the other end of the age spectrum, members of the U3A photography group will be recreating old photos of the bridge and including these in their annual exhibition at the end of the year.
Keith Southgate, secretary of Lostwithiel Town Forum, said: "We are delighted that our application has been successful.
"The bridge and surrounding area are central to many events in Lostwithiel and we are really looking forward to sharing its history with residents and visitors alike. This is a fantastic opportunity to involve so many local organisations in a real celebration of our wonderful town."
Nerys Watts, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: "Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that Lostwithiel can embark on a real journey of discovery.
"Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF's funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what's important to them in their area."
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