Community Assets Standing Tall (CAST) has been awarded £49,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to undertake a two year listing project of Rossendale Heritage assets. CAST members are thrilled this project has been supported by HLF and thank the National Lottery players, who through this grant allow us to undertake this significant piece of work.
It will encourage the Rossendale community to nominate heritage important to them. The first round of nominations will begin on November 6th in Bacup with a further nine areas to follow covering the whole of Rossendale.
Rossendale has many heritage items from pathways to walls, plaques to windows, post boxes to buildings and everything in between that we take for granted. By registering them we will help to protect those things that make Rossendale unique.
Area by area the Rossendale community will be invited to a community meeting to explain the project in detail. A heritage talk that highlights the history that surrounds them and training will provide the knowledge on how to take control of, and look after those assets.
The project is the brainchild of Trustee and valley resident June Worsley, who wanted to see the community have a voice when it comes to the nomination of heritage, with the added value of assisting in the development of the Council’s Local List. Carl Bradshaw, (Trustee), says “the award of this grant is a significant development in allowing the community the opportunity to learn about Rossendale’s unique heritage. This will be a great opportunity for volunteers to learn about Rossendale and help preserve its heritage for future generations to enjoy”.
The charity has already received overwhelming support from a range of sources including: Rossendale Borough Council, Valley Heritage, Bacup Social Enterprise (BaSE), Burnley Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service (BPRCVS) and various other groups.
Commenting on the Award Rachael Gildert (Secretary and Trustee of Valley Heritage) said: “we congratulate CAST on securing this grant award and look forward to working closely with them in delivering a project which will identify heritage as a vital tool to achieve economic and social regeneration in Rossendale”.
Rossendale Borough Council’s Heritage Champion Annie McMahon stated “I am delighted to hear of CAST’s successful Heritage Lottery Bid for Rossendale’s Local Listing Project.
I, together with the Council’s Conservation Officer and Community representatives, have already held early meetings on the process of updating our Local Listing and welcome this exciting funding and CAST’s important contribution to this work”
It is hoped that the resources and systems developed will provide an easily accessible system for the community to continue registering heritage within the valley and a team of trained volunteers to administer it.