North East: committee decisions March 2019

Summary report of the meeting of the Committee for the North East held on 12 March 2019 at 10.30am.

Members:    

  • Lucy Winskell (Chair)
  • Jim Cokill
  • Niall Hammond
  • David Stocker (Trustee)
  • Lynn Turner

Apologies:

  • Stacey Hall
  • Richard Evans

Committee Business

1. Welcome                                                                                                                         

Oral

The Chair opened the meeting welcomed all attendees to the last meeting of the Committee.

2. Chair’s Report                                                                                                                

Oral

The Chair reported that since the last meeting she had attended;

  • the launch of the Graft and Glory exhibition for the Common Room, held at Northern Stage
  • attended an event at Newcastle Cathedral where John Major, a former Prime Minister, gave a speech. 

3. Minutes of the meeting on 27 November 2018                                               

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The minutes were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chair subject to the following amendment:

Item 8, line 1: replace ‘Newcastle’ with ‘Northumbria’.

4. Matters arising from the minutes

Oral

There were no matters arising.

5. Corporate Update                                                                                        

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Anne Jenkins, Deputy Director of Operations, presented the corporate update.

6. North East Regional Overview                                                                       

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Ivor Crowther, Head of Region, introduced the report.

The Committee noted that all three first round Board level applications considered at the last meeting of the North East had been rejected by the December 2018 meeting of the Board which had been under extreme budgetary pressure.

The Committee noted the report and the pipeline.

7. North East Budget                                                                                             

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Ivor Crowther introduced the report and informed the Committee that the 20% saving target had been achieved.

For this meeting, one second round Grants for Places of Worship application and one second round Heritage Grant application had been received for Committee decision. The Committee noted funds were available to support both projects, should they achieve the quality threshold.

8. Declarations of Interest                                                                                   

Oral

Item 12 Newcastle Cathedral: Common Ground in Sacred Space:  Lucy Winskell noted her position as Pro Vice-Chancellor at Northumbria University which was mentioned in the case paper as providing a co-supervisor for the PhD student.  This was not deemed conflicting and the Chair remained present for the discussion.

There were no conflicts of interest.

SF4 second round applications for discussion and decision

St Andrew’s, Bolam, Northumberland: Essential repairs to historic rural church with improved access and community facilities; GP-15-07385

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  • Grantee: St Andrew’s Bolum, Northumberland
  • Request: Grant of £49,900 (83%).

Uplift: £27,100 (119%).  Project costs had increased by £34,092 since the First Round due to the inclusion of additional repair works to the Chapel roof and porch, along with new budgets for heating improvements, internal reordering and the purchase of furniture.

Project: To undertake urgent repairs and conservation works in order to ensure the structural integrity of this Grade I listed Church was maintained and to improve the building's accessibility and internal layout to encourage wider community use.

The Committee for the North East awarded a first round pass of £33,400, including a development grant of £10,600, (85% of eligible development costs) in June 2016.

The Committee  REJECTED the application.

Belief in the North-East; HG-16-06511                                        

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  • Grantee: Durham University
  • Request: Award Grant of £179,200 (52%)

Project: To deliver a two year community archaeology project led by Durham University Archaeology Department working with 560 volunteers to research and collect data for religious sites from prehistory to the present day. The sites were on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register. Four learning modules would be delivered against the themes of Neolithic Rock art, Bronze Age burial mounds, Early Christianity, Medieval and Post-medieval monastic granges: each module had provision to survey four or five sites. A fifth module would be designed to address the needs and interests of participants. A wide ranging programme of learning and participation opportunities would be provided, with the Archaeology Skills Passport being employed as a key element. Project findings would be interpreted and disseminated to wider non-traditional audiences.

The Committee for the North East awarded a first round pass of £196,300 including development grant of £13,500 (68% of total eligible development costs) in March 2017. The funding sought had reduced by £3,000.                        

The Committee for the North East agreed that the application was a high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £179,200 (52%).

11. Prioritisation of second round items

Oral

The Committee had agreed to reject St Andrew’s, Bolam, Northumberland Essential repairs to historic rural church with improved access and community facilities (item 9) during the case by case discussions for the reasons given.

The Committee confirmed the level of priority given to Belief in the North-East (item 10) during the case by case discussions and awarded a grant.

SF4 second round Board application for discussion and recommendation

12. Newcastle Cathedral: Common Ground in Sacred Space; HG-16-04672

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  • Grantee: Newcastle Cathedral Trust
  • Request:  Award Grant of £4,201,800 (70%)

Project: To protect and transform the Grade I listed building for current and future users, catalysing an organisational step-change focused on resilience and re-establishing St Nicholas’s Cathedral’s medieval role as a community hub in the heart of the city. Capital works would conserve the building’s historic fabric and improve facilities and access for visitors and volunteers. A targeted programme of learning and participation opportunities and events would engage wider audiences whilst a forward-looking access and engagement strategy aimed to open-up internal and external spaces for a wide range of uses. The school’s programme would be expanded and more than 30 placements from apprentices to postgraduates created.

The Board awarded a first round pass of £4,559,700 including development grant of £357,900 (80% of total eligible development costs) in March 2017.

The Committee for the North East recommended the project to the Board as a HIGH PRIORITY for support.

Items for information            

13. Communications Report          

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The Committee noted the report

14. Any other business

Oral

The Chair thanked members of the Committee and the North East team for their help and support and looked forward to continuing their good work as a member of the interim Area Committee for England, North.

There was no other business.

Note of Annotation:  This was the last meeting of the Committee for the North East.  The first meeting of the interim Area Committee for England, North covering the North East, the North West, and Yorkshire and the Humber would be held on Thursday 13 June 2019.