Bell­foundry loses out in lotto cash bid

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­

LOUGH­BOR­OUGH Bell­foundry Trust has failed in a bid to gain £8.4m lottery fund­ing for ur­gent re­pair work to the his­toric premises in town.

Ear­lier this year it sub­mit­ted the bid to the Her­itage Lottery Fund (HLF) to carry out the vi­tal work on the John Tay­lor’s and Co premises in Free­hold Street.

The trust was set up by a num­ber of the firm’s di­rec­tors to safe­guard the fu­ture of bell mak­ing at the site in Lough­bor­ough.

But in a ma­jor blow to the site, the HLF has re­jected the ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing.

A spokesper­son for the bell­foundry trust said: “Af­ter around 18 months of prepa­ra­tion our ap­pli­ca­tion to the Her­itage Lottery Fund (HLF) for fund­ing to help save the Bell­foundry was put for­ward to its Ma­jor Grants (£5m-plus) Board meet­ing at the end of April 2018.

“How­ever, un­for­tu­nately, due to a lack of avail­able funds, HLF’s Board were un­able to sup­port the project.

“Un­de­terred, the trust has re­solved to re­sub­mit a smaller ap­pli­ca­tion to HLF later this year as the Ma­jor Grants pro­gramme that awards over £5m will not be run­ning in 2018.

“The Grade II* Listed build­ings are still on the His­toric Eng­land Her­itage At Risk Reg­is­ter and re­quire sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment to un­der­take the ur­gent repairs that will se­cure their fu­ture and the fu­ture of Bri­tish bell mak­ing.

“We would like to thank every­one for their sup­port of the project so far and hope that a fu­ture bid will be suc­cess­ful.”

A spokesper­son for the Her­itage Lottery Fund said: “We know this news must be very dis­ap­point­ing but our re­cent board meet­ing was over-sub­scribed and highly com­pet­i­tive, mean­ing we sadly did not have enough money to sup­port all the ap­pli­ca­tions we looked at on the day.”

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