England, North: Committee decisions March 2020

Schedule of Decisions under delegated powers to Head of Investment, England, North on 5 March 2020.

Members

  • Tiffany Hunt (Chair)
  • David Stocker (Trustee)
  • John Williams
  • Humphrey Welfare
  • Susan Mendus
  • Jim Cokill
  • Niall Hammond
  • Ron Cooke

Apologies

  • Stephen Welsh

Committee business

1. Welcomes, introductions and apologies

The Chair welcomed members and staff to the fourth meeting of the Committee for England, North.

The Chair acknowledged apologies from Steven Welsh who was unable to attend.

2. Chair’s report

The Chair provided a verbal update of her activity in the past quarter, including attendance at the Uplands for Everyone Conference hosted by Cumbria Wildlife Trust. She thanked staff for their work on the papers and in preparation for the meeting as well as Committee Members’ input to Second Round site visits.

3. Minutes from the North Committee Meeting 28 November 2019 and matters arising

The Committee agreed the minutes and they were signed by the Chair as a true and accurate record of the meeting.

4. Area Director’s overview

David Renwick, Area Director for the North, presented an overview and drew out highlights.

5. Area budget report

Ivor Crowther, Head of Investment, presented the budget position for the North and the key points from the paper.

At the meeting there were:

  • 13 First Round applications totalling £31,416,800
  • 10 Second Round applications totalling £11,245,400.
  • Five Single Stage applications totalling £1,100,600

Small Grants applications received in 2019/2020 totalled £15million.

6. Corporate update

Eilish McGuinness, Executive Director Business Delivery, presented the corporate update and key points from the paper.

7. SF4 Delivery Round applications for discussion and decisions

David Renwick presented the key points from the paper.

8. Declarations of Interest

Humphrey Welfare noted he is a member of the Friends of Tullie House. It was agreed that as a broader membership group this was not a conflict of interest.

Niall Hammond helped to prepare project Redhills Revealed: A New Life for the Pitman’s Parliament. He would leave the room and be excluded from discussions.

Jim Cokill is a Director of the Durham Wildlife Trust, a partner in project Tyne to Tees, Shores and Seas – Seascape Partnership. Jim would leave the room and be excluded from discussions.

David Stocker, as a member of the Council of the National Trust, and David Renwick, through his previous employment with North York Moors National Park Authority and previous involvement with the project, noted conflicts of interest with the Our Common Cause: Our Upland Commons project. David Stocker and David Renwick would leave the room and be excluded from discussions.

SF4 Delivery Round applications for discussion and decision

9. Tyne to Tees, Shores and Seas – Seascape Partnership

Jim Cokill left the room before discussion commenced.

Grantee: Durham Heritage Coast

Request: Award Grant of £2,787,200

Project: This three-year and eight-month project aims to enhance the condition, management, and community understanding of the coast and seascape between the Tyne and Tees Rivers.

The Committee for The North awarded a first round pass of £201,600 including a development grant of £2,787,200 (57% of total eligible development costs) in November 2017.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and awarded a grant of £2,787,200 (57%).

10. Revealing the Hidden Heritage

Grantee: Blackburn Cathedral

Project: The five-year project will redevelop the crypt into a multi-functional space, enabling the cathedral to become a sustainable heritage asset whilst new commercial activity will contribute towards securing its future financially. Capital works will complete in November 2022 followed by a three year activity programme.

Request: Award Grant of £1,944,100

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented low priority for support and rejected a grant of £1,944,100 (67%).

11. Shipyard Town: sharing Barrow’s Past, present and future shipbuilding

Grantee: Borough of Barrow-in-Furness

Request: Award Grant of £816,700

Project: The Dock Museum in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria will upgrade their exhibition spaces, expand their research facilities, digitise their collections and improve their family and educational offers.

The Committee for the North awarded a first round pass of £31,800 including a development grant of £816,700 (82% of total eligible development costs) in June 2018.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and awarded a grant of £816,700 (82%).

12. Presenting Mesolithic and Modern man, showcasing the past, present and the future

Grantee: The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

Request: Award Grant of £1,088,000

Project: Lunt Meadows is a 67ha wetland site on the River Alt just north of Liverpool. The site is owned by the Environment Agency (EA) and was created by them on farmland in 2012-14 to act as a flood storage reservoir and sustainable drainage system (SuDS). Lancashire Wildlife Trust (LWT) manages it as a nature reserve under a long-term lease. It is now home to a number of priority habitats and species. During creation Mesolithic archaeology of national significance was unearthed and has been subject to research by the Museum of Liverpool (MofL).

The Committee for the North awarded a first round pass of £90,900 including a development grant Of £1,088,000 (63% of total eligible development costs) in March 2018.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and awarded a grant of £1,088,000 (63%).

13. Our Common Cause: Our Upland Commons – Enabling vulnerable communities to enhance iconic places

David Stocker and David Renwick left the room before discussion commenced.

Grantee: Foundation for Common Land

Request: Award Grant of £1,906,800

Project: The Foundation for Common Land (FCL) seeks to conserve the natural and cultural heritage of commons through strengthened management and broadened engagement.

Common Land is land owned by one or more persons over which third parties (commoners) are legally entitled to exercise rights in common with others. The characteristics of upland commons are attributable to hundreds of years of collaborative management.

The Committee for the North awarded a first round pass of £409,200 including a development grant of £1,906,800 (62% of total eligible development costs) in October 2017.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and awarded a grant of £1,906,800 (62%).

14. Repairs and refurbishment of Withington Baths

Grantee: Love Withington Baths

Request: Award Grant of £891,600

Project: The project will undertake urgent restoration works at Withington Baths in South Manchester. A programme of community engagement will ensure the building becomes an attraction in its own right whilst sustaining its original and current operation as a swimming pool and leisure centre.

The Committee for the North awarded a first round pass of £81,700 including a development grant of £893,000 (75% of total eligible development costs) in September 2018.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and awarded a grant £891,600 (72%).

15. Restoring The Dome of Home: A living, lasting legacy for the New Brighton Community

Grantee: Ss Peter, Paul & Philomena’s Church Wallasey

Request: Award Grant of £362,900

Project: The project will undertake a final phase of urgent repairs at Saints Peter, Paul and Philomena Church (Ss PPP) in New Brighton, Merseyside and expand the heritage engagement activities offered by developing the church’s partnership working.

The Committee for the North awarded a first round pass of £72,000 including a development grant of £362,900 (80% of total eligible development costs) in June 2018.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and awarded a grant £362,900 (65%).

16. South Square Centre – Thornton, Brontës and Beyond

Grantee: Thornton and Allerton Community Association Ltd

Request: Award Grant of £561,500

Project: A three-year project will enable repairs to the fabric of the Grade II listed South Square Centre, which is based in Thornton, an industrial village located five miles from the city centre of Bradford. Crucial repairs to the roof, windows and brickwork will make the Centre and its mixed heritage/cultural uses sustainable for the future. An Activity Plan will be delivered to celebrate the heritage of the Centre, the local area (including connections with the Brontës) and Thornton and Allerton Community Association.

The Committee for Yorkshire and Humber awarded a first round pass of £648,900 including a development grant of £87,400 (66% of total eligible development costs) in November 2018.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and awarded a grant of £561,500 (61%).

17. Restoration and Improvement of Hurst Grange Park Coach House

Grantee: South Ribble Borough Council

Request: Award Grant of £513,100

Project: The 20-month project will transform Hurst Grange Park Coach House near Preston into a visitor centre, with new interpretation and a programme of activities to connect visitors to the site's built and natural heritage.

The Committee for the North awarded a first round pass of £12,500 including a development grant of £513,100 (78% of total eligible development costs) in December 2018.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and awarded a grant of £513,100 (65%).

18. Prioritisations and feedback for delivery round items

There was no need to prioritise the cases.

SFF Single Stage applications between £100k to £250k for discussion and decision

For the March Committee there were nine applications to the value of over £2,020,900. Five applications have been recommended for award total of £1,100,600.

19.1. Sefton Park and Palm House Interpretation Project

The Committee noted the paper and agreed with the recommendation to approve the application

19.2. My Local Catch

The Committee noted the paper and agreed with the recommendation to approve the application

19.3. Nature Matters

The Committee noted the paper and agreed with the recommendation to approve the application

19.4. Knowsley Heritage Grants

The Committee noted the paper and agreed with the recommendation to approve the application

19.5 Bluecoat Echoes and Origins

The Committee noted the paper and agreed with the recommendation to approve the application

19.6 Screen/Play – restoring the unique Walturdaw Screen in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

The Committee noted the paper and decided not to support this application

19.7 Tracking Through Our Times

The Committee noted the paper and decided not to support this application

19.8 Yorkshire Windrush Legacies

The Committee noted the paper and decided not to support this application

19.9 The LINC Project

The Committee noted the paper and decided not to support this application

SFF development round applications for discussion and decision

There was no need to prioritise the cases.

20. Holy Name Church East End, visibility, access and restoration

Grantee: Society of Jesus Trust

Request: Award Grant of £165,400 (75%)

Project: The Grade I Listed Holy Name Church, surrounded by Manchester’s university district on Oxford Road, celebrates its 150th anniversary in October 2021. It is used by Society of Jesus Trust (SoJT) to deliver the Catholic chaplaincy for Manchester’s three universities, with a term-time Sunday mass attendance of c500. It also supports those attending nearby hospitals and runs a social justice volunteering programme, including student-led foodbank and night-shelter for homeless refugees. This project comprises Holy Name’s sixth phase of restoration/improvement work and a 150th anniversary activity programme.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented medium priority for support and rejected a grant of £165,400 (75%).

21. The Ideas Mill

Grantee: Leigh Building Preservation Trust

Request: Award Grant of £198,500 (78%)

Project: The project will restore the Grade II* Listed Leigh Spinners Mill, in Leigh, near Wigan, and provide an exhibition space and complementary activities to engage people with its heritage. The Mill sits on a 3.1 hectare site and is predominantly made up of two large six-storey buildings which together form the main focus of this application.

This project will further develop a vision creating community owned space for heritage, sports, leisure and enterprise.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented medium priority for support and rejected a grant of £198,500 (78%).

22. Urgent high level stone/glass repairs for reordered heritage centre

Grantee: PCC St John the Evangelist Church, Thornham

Request: Award Grant of £47,300 (78%)

Project: St John the Evangelist Church seeks to complete a programme of urgent capital repairs and a re-order. I will also deliver a range of heritage activities to engage local people, including creating a community allotment site.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented medium priority for support and rejected a grant of £47,300 (78%).

23. Mining Our Past

Grantee: North Pennines AONB Partnership

Request: Award Grant of £135,500 (95%)

Project: This project will improve access to and the management of mining heritage at a landscape scale. Focusing on key mining heritage assets in the North Pennines, it will deliver an integrated interpretation scheme across multiple sites to bring heritage to audiences within and outside the project area.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented medium priority for support and rejected a grant of £135,500 (95%).

24. The Piece Hall’s Next Chapter: Building resilience for a Sustainable Future

Grantee: The Piece Hall

Request: Award Grant of £319,300 (77%)

Project: Since 2017, The Piece Hall has exceeded its visitor targets by 56%, attracting over 5million visitors to Calderdale. Two key initiatives define the new approach: to build commercial resilience, focusing on activity that provides high return on investment; to also build community resilience, recognising the power of the building as the centre of a dynamic social programme.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and awarded a grant of £319,300 (77%).

25. Sound & Vision

Grantee: Science Museum Group

Request: Award Grant of £215,700 (33%)

Project: Sound & Vision will inspire local communities with collections of photography, radio, film, TV, sound and digital technologies. New galleries and programmes will be created through collaboration with local communities. Sound & Vision will increase museum visits and participation and share relevant stories in novel ways.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and rejected a grant of £215,700 (33%) due to insufficient funds.

26. Project Tullie: Transforming Tullie House

Grantee: Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust

Request: Award Grant of £820,000 (59%)

Project: Project Tullie will transform  Tullie House Museum into a hub for heritage, community engagement and wellbeing. The project will deliver a more accessible, refurbished and revealed historic property and maximise access to historical and environmental collections. The project will expose hidden Victorian spaces, safeguard collections currently at risk and create a building fit for purpose.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented medium priority for support and rejected a grant of £820,000 (59%).

27. Haigh Woodland Park: Heritage, Nature and People Project

Grantee: Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust

Request: Award Grant of £256,000 (75%)

Project: To build heritage to inspire healthy lifestyles through outdoor activities, audience development, volunteering and training. The project will restore heritage elements, providing long term sustainable uses for derelict areas. New features include a Woodland Hub, an extension of the Bothy buildings to form a multi-purpose pavilion and a new events arena integrating the ornamental pond and former historic greenhouse landscape. Improved footpaths will encourage further exploration into the Plantations via heritage and play trails. The project will enhance the visitor experience, target existing and new audiences through an expanded programme of events and activities.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and awarded a grant of £256,000 (75%).

28. The Kings Centre

Grantee: Venus Working Creatively with Young Woman

Request: Award Grant of £125,000 (80%)

Project: To restore and return to sustainable long-term use Grade II listed Kings Centre. It will serve as a new service delivery base for Venus’ core activities, allowing the delivery of more and a wider range of essential frontline wellbeing support services. The project will include a three-year programme of heritage-led engagement, volunteering and skills development, with a longer term legacy of heritage engagement.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and awarded a grant of £125,000 (80%).

29. Crafting Cultures: Reviving Calverley Old Hall

Grantee: The Landmark Trust

Request: Award Grant of £150,000 (54%)

Project: The principal elements are: the restoration of this Grade 1 medieval house; community programme focused on bringing together local residents, refugees, young people and the heritage world; creation of a Landmark Trust house, a community base, garden and a residential flat; craft training programme. 

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and awarded a grant of £150,000 (54%).

30. Hall Waberthwaite: 2000 years of hidden history and culture observed, interpreted and shared

Grantee: St John’s Church Waberthwaite

Request: Award Grant of £146,800 (72%)

Project: Uncover, celebrate and share the hidden history of Hall Waberthwaite, once a busy river crossing. Safeguarding and enabling more people to enjoy the site. Building community pride and cohesion through involving volunteers in a range of engagement activities, including exploring the biodiversity and history of the site.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented medium priority for support and rejected a grant of £146,800 (72%).

31. Grand Design

Grantee: Blackpool Grand Theatre Trust

Request: Award Grant of £539,300 (89%)

Project: Blackpool Grand Theatre is the last surviving, and fully operational, Victorian Theatre in Blackpool. The project aims to restore this building and make the Grand's story a prism through which visitors can view the history of the resort. This will be achieved by making the theatre more accessible with a lift to all levels, and a new heritage gallery and terrace cafe to increase financial resilience.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented medium priority for support and rejected a grant of £539,300 (89%).

32. Redhills Revealed: A New Life for the Pitman’s Parliament

Niall Hammond left the room before discussion commenced.

Grantee: Durham Miners Association

Request: Award Grant of £400,000 (59%)

Project: Redhills Revealed provides access and engagement with the mining heritage and communities of County Durham by securing the future of the at risk Durham Miners’ Association Hall, its archives and collections. This is the heritage of the descendants of over two million people who worked the world’s biggest deep mine coalfield for over two centuries; a heritage of collective progress and artistic expression born of industrial adversity, political struggle, debate and social reform. This is also a contemporary story of fossil fuels and climate change.

The Committee for the North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and awarded a grant of £400,000 (59%).

33. Prioritisation and feedback for development round items

Thirteen cases were presented to the Committee and of which five cases met the quality threshold for support.

Papers for Information

34. Communications Report

The Committee acknowledged the report.

Any other business

The next meeting would be held on 18 June 2020.