England, Midlands & East: Committee minutes September 2021

England, Midlands & East: Committee minutes September 2021

Minutes of The National Lottery Heritage Fund Committee for England, Midlands & East meeting. It took place on 15 September 2021 at the Dunlop-Butler rooms, Minster Yard, Lincoln. 

Members   

  • Sue Beardsmore (Chair)
  • Marion Blockley
  • Heather Broughton
  • John Everitt
  • Jim Harker
  • Izzy Mohammad
  • Phil Rothwell
  • Helen Wilson

Apologies

None

Committee Business

1. Welcomes and apologies

Chair Sue Beardsmore welcomed everyone to the tenth meeting of the Committee for England, Midlands & East and noted with pleasure that the committee was being held in person again. She welcomed the guests and presenters to the meeting.

2. Minutes from the last meeting held on 16 June 2021 and matter arising

The minutes were approved and signed as a true record of the meeting. There were no matters arising.

3. Declarations of interest

There were no conflicts of interest raised prior to the meeting. There was one declaration to note for the project The Place That Made the Weather: Joseph Chamberlain's Highbury. The former Chair of the West Midlands the Heritage Fund committee, Les Sparks, was the Chair of the Trust; and Ian Grosvenor was a former member of the West Midlands committee. They were on the committee at the same time as Izzy Mohammed, Marion Blockley and Sue Beardsmore. Additionally, Anita Bhalla who was a patron of the project, was a friend of Sue Beardsmore, although they had no contact about the project.

There were no additional declarations of interest declared during the meeting.

4. Chair’s Report

The chair noted that there had been many engagements and events for projects openings and completions recently and thanked the committee for their attendance at the events.

5. Corporate Update

Eilish McGuinness, Executive Director of Business Delivery, presented the update on corporate activity.

6. Area Director’s Report

Anne Jenkins, Director for England, Midlands & East, presented the report.

Liz Bates went on to present the Budget part of the paper:

SFF Delivery Round applications for discussion and decision

Anne Jenkins reminded the committee about the requirements of the SFF Heritage Grants at delivery round.

7. Seven Centuries of Midlands Civic History

Grantee: Lord Leycester’s Hospital

Request: £1,420,000 (39%)

Uplift: £115,000 (9%)

Project: The project would focus on improving the Grade I alms houses and Grade II* garden which formed the Lord Leycester’s Hospital (LLH) complex in the centre of Warwick Town’s Conservation Area. Investment would enable:

  • repairs to the fabric of the buildings, which would improve future maintenance
  • undertake appropriate alterations and reordering of rooms, to improve visitor flow and increase income for future economic sustainability
  • improve physical and intellectual access to enhance the visitor experience and upgrade Midlands & East (M&E) to improve environmental efficiency and reduce operational costs.

The Committee for England, Midlands & East had awarded a first round pass £1,511,800 including a development grant of £206,800 (71% of eligible development costs) in June 2019.

The Committee for England, Midlands and East agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £1,420,000 (39%).

8. Well, Well Wells! The Restoration of St Nicholas Church, Wells-next-the-Sea

Grantee: Wells Parochial Church Council

Request: £286,100 (69%)

Project: To carry out a programme of capital repairs to the Grade II* St Nicholas Church in Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk and deliver a programme of activities to engage the community and visitors.

The Committee for England, Midlands and East awarded a first round pass of £327,100 including a development grant of £39,200 (73% of eligible development costs) in March 2020.

The Committee for England, Midlands and East agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £286,100 (69%).

9. Prioritisation and feedback to grantees

The projects were awarded the grants as requested.

SFF Development Round applications for discussion and decision

10. The Place That Made the Weather: Joseph Chamberlain's Highbury

Applicant: The Chamberlain Highbury Trust

Request: £3,638,600 (44%)

Project: The Chamberlain Highbury Trust (CHT) would undertake a project of capital works and activities in the Highbury Estate in Birmingham. This historic place would be restored as a centre for incubator businesses, cultural events and neighbourhood activities to drive inclusive growth with economic, social and environmental benefits.

The Committee for England, Midlands and East agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a first round pass of £3,638,600 including development grant of £368,000 (59% of eligible development costs).

11. Reawakening St Mary Magdalene, Supporting Newark’s communities

Applicant: The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Mary Magdalene with St Leonard, Newark

Request: £1,949,750 (80%)

Project: The project would undertake a scheme of works to the Grade I listed St Mary Magdalene Church in Newark, Nottinghamshire to remove it from the Heritage at Risk Register and deliver a programme of activities.

The Committee for England, Midlands and East agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a first round pass of £1,949,750 including development grant of £209,269 (71% of eligible development costs).

12. Lowestoft Town Hall

Applicant: Lowestoft Town Council

Request: £2,400,000 (34%)

Project: A project to restore and adapt Lowestoft Town Hall bringing back into full use as a multi-functional building housing civic, heritage, commercial and community uses. The proposal aims to ensure a sustainable future for the building introducing a series of income generating uses alongside its operation for civic and community purposes. The building would be a year-round hub for the town's heritage offer linking to other museums and attractions.

The Committee for England, Midlands and East agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a first round pass of £2,400,000 including development grant of £166,870 (34% of eligible development costs).

13. Picturing the past: celebrating and conserving our heritage

Applicant: Mount Zion Apostolic Church

Request: £1,263,000 (74%)

Project: Representing the second of three planned phases of capital works to the Grade II Mount Zion Apostolic Church (MZAC), Nottingham. The most urgent works to the fabric of the building had been prioritised to repair the roof and install new services. Both interventions would transform the use of the building and enable MZAC to reopen to the community

The Committee for England, Midlands and East agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a first round pass of £1,263,000 including development grant of £115,000 (68% of eligible development costs).

14. Save the White Lion

Applicant: Pailton Parish Council

Request: £1,166,000 (63%)

Project: The project would restore and convert the White Lion to its traditional use as a pub/restaurant with rooms together with providing community facilities that the village and the wider area currently lacked. Uses included a shop and Post Office, community meeting, leisure and social space, workspace units, co-working space, landscaped gardens, outdoor space for local produce and craft markets and a range of family activities.

The Committee for Midlands and East agreed the application represented a MEDIUM priority for support and AWARDED a first round pass of £1,166,000 including development grant of £70,450 (70% of eligible development costs).

15. Prioritisation and feedback for development round applications

The projects were awarded the grants as requested.

Papers for Information

16. Any other business

No other business.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 1 December 2021