Holy Island in £2.5m bid to safeguard history and culture

A SCHEME which could provide £2.5m to safeguard the history, culture and environment of Holy Island is being showcased to residents next week.

Holy Island

A SCHEME which could provide £2.5m to safeguard the history, culture and environment of Holy Island is being showcased to residents next week.

The Peregrini Lindisfarne Partnership Scheme could potentially provide funding for projects on the island in those three areas.

A bid is currently prepared for Heritage Lottery Funding which, if successful, would secure £2.5m of grants for the community. Projects could begin to be funded in autumn of 2013. A three-day information event, a series of guided walks and talks take place at the island’s St Cuthbert’s Centre on Prior Lane from Monday to Wednesday, between 10am and 5pm.

The scheme is led by the Holy Island Partnership and is being managed by a board which includes representatives from the community, Government agencies and local interest groups.

These include Holy Island of Lindisfarne Community Development Trust, Natural England, English Heritage, Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site, Cheswick Estate, Holy Island Parish Council, National Trust, Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Northumberland County Council, North Northumberland Tourism Association, and religious groups on the island.

Steering groups have been set up which would be responsible for delivering projects in five areas – natural environment, built and historic heritage, community participation, the island’s harbour, and access and learning.

Projects could include archaeological work led by volunteers, marine life surveys, or improvements to historical buildings in the area. Jon Riley, the scheme development officer, said: “Peregrini Lindisfarne is keen to ensure that all the residents within the project area are given an opportunity to become involved with the project and are kept up to date with what is happening.

“We’ve organised these talks, walks and displays so people start to understand about the project and how they can take part.”

To find out more about the events, people can visit www.peregrinilindisfarne.org or phone 01289 389399.

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