Yorkshire and the Humber: committee decisions March 2019

Summary report of the meeting of the Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber held on Thursday 7 March 2018, in the Duchess of Hamilton Suite, National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ, starting at 10.00 a.m.

Members:

  • Ron Cooke (Chair)
  • Tony Collins
  • Sue Mendus
  • David Stocker (Trustee)
  • Keith Sweetmore
  • Cynthia Wainwright
  • John Williams

Committee Business:

1. Chair’s Report

Oral

The Chair welcomed the attendees to the final meeting of the Yorkshire and the Humber Committee.

The Chair thanked the members for taking on visiting responsibilities during his recovery and congratulated the Yorkshire and the Humber team for the recent, successful office move.

The Chair also extended his congratulations to:

  • David Renwick, Head of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Yorkshire and the Humber on his recent appointment as Area Director, North, which he would take up in April 2019.
  • Sue Bowers, Deputy Director of Operations on her recent appointment as Director of Investment, which she would take up in April 2019.

The Chair also noted that whilst this was the final meeting of the Yorkshire and the Humber Committee, that both himself, Sue Mendus and John Williams were joining the newly established interim Area Committee for England, North. Their first meeting would be in June 2019.

The Chair thanked Keith Sweetmore, Cynthia Wainwright, and Tony Collins for their work on the Committee and emphasised the positive impact their decisions had had on the region.

The Chair also noted that since the last meeting the Fund had been rebranded and was now known as The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

2. Minutes of the meeting on 22 November 2018

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The minutes were agreed and signed as a true record of the meeting.

3. Matters arising from the minutes

Oral

John Williams noted that following the award of Saving South Cliff Gardens (PP-15-00011) in December 2018, he had attended the launch event where they announced the grant and reported that it was a very uplifting event.

4. Corporate Update

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Sue Bowers presented the Corporate Update and thanked the Committee members on behalf of the Chief Executive, Chair and staff as a whole for the hard work and expertise that the members had bought to the Committee.

The members were also updated on the Fund’s work on ‘Shaping our Future Business’.

David Stocker also extended thanks to the Committee of behalf of the Trustees for the work that they had done over the years and for the positive impact they had had on both the regions and the UK’s heritage.

5. Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Overview

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The paper was presented by David Renwick and highlighted the following key elements:

  • The Yorkshire and the Humber were working well to be ready the organisational change that would take place in April 2019, where they would become part of England, North Area team with the current North West and North East regional team.
  • Since the last meeting the team had relocated offices. The team were enjoying this new space and were adapting well to new ways of working.
  • The team had delivered the first of four launch events of the new Strategic Funding Framework. The launch had been met with positive reactions.
  • That he had contacted the Chief Executive Officer of North East Lincolnshire Council to let them know that their local authority would be one of the thirteen Areas of Focus the Fund had identified. This was met with much enthusiasm.
  • Development work had been challenging but had become much easier since the publication of the new funding framework.
  • That the first decisions of the interim Area Committee for England, North would take place in June.

6. Yorkshire and the Humber Budget

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The paper was presented by Kathryn Frankish.

There were two second round applications totalling £789,400, both of which are assessed as high value for money. The Committee members were asked to be rigorous in their review of the Committee and Board level cases and to give the Board clear guidance on strengths, weaknesses and regional importance.

7. Declarations of Interest

Oral

David Renwick declared a conflict of interest with Ryevitalise (item 11) as previously worked for the applicant organisation and was involved with the project during the development stage. David would leave the room during discussion the item’s discussion.

David Stocker also noted a connection to Ryevitalise (item 11). He held the honorary post of Visiting Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds and was on the Council of the National Trust, both organisation were involved in the partnership scheme. David had no involvement with the application and would not benefit from it. The Committee agreed this did not constitute a conflict and agreed David could take part in the discussion.

SF4 first round applications for discussion and decision

8. Leeming Bar Station House Restoration; HG-16-06545

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Grantee: Wensleydale Railway Association (Trust)

Request: Award grant of £368,000 (80%)

Project: To restore and repurpose Leeming Bar Station House, creating a new multi-functional education and interpretation space on the ground floor, with a transformed Railway headquarters and new collections store on the first floor. Capital works would be complemented by an activity programme and volunteering opportunities.

The Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber awarded a first round pass of £390,000 including development grant of £22,000 (66% of total eligible development costs) in September 2017.

The Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber considered the project to be a high priority and AWARDED a grant of £368,000 (80%)

9. St Mary’s Church, Beverly- ‘Medieval Curious Carvings’: Preserved and interpreted; HG-17-02986

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Grantee: The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Mary, Beverley

Request: Award grant of £421,400 (54%)

Project: To repair and restore elements of the nave north clerestory, featuring Grade I listed St Mary’s Church's extensive collection of medieval ceiling bosses. An activity programme would interpret and improve access to the bosses.

The Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber awarded a first round pass of £460,000, including a development grant of £38,600 (50% of eligible development costs) in November 2017.

The Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber considered the project to be a high priority and AWARDED a grant of £421,400 (54%)

10. Prioritisation of second round items

Oral

The Committee were happy with the case by case discussion and agreed that each project met the quality threshold and awarded both requests.

SF4 second round Board applications for discussion and recommendation:

11. Ryevitalise; LP-15-07378

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David Renwick left the room before discussion commenced.

Grantee: North York Moors National Park Authority

Request: Award grant of £1,834,800 (54%)

Project: To conserve the natural heritage within the Rye catchment at Ryedale, North Yorkshire. There would be a series of projects to restore and reconnect the Rye’s habitats, work with landowners/managers to improve water quality and reconnect people with the landscape through projects and volunteering opportunities.

The Board awarded a first round pass of £2,109,400 including a development grant of £274,600 (71% of total eligible development costs) in October 2016.

The Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber recommended the project to the Board as a HIGH (1 of 2) priority for support.

12. Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey:- equal access, wider engagement, greater sustainability for England’s most dramatic steam railway; HG-16-03834

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Grantee: North Yorkshire Moors Historic Railway Trust Ltd

Request: Award grant of £4,436,400 (46%)

Project: To ensure the long-term sustainability of the world’s busiest heritage railway which crosses the challenging landscape of North York Moors from Pickering via Levisham, Newton Dale, Goathland and terminates at Grosmont. Alongside work to a number of bridges, a new carriage care housing and conservation facility would be created. An interpretation and learning project, a volunteer development programme and a lineside conservation programme would be delivered.

The Board awarded a first round pass of £4,609,400 including a development grant of £173,000 (47% of total eligible development costs) in June 2017.

The Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber recommended the project to the Board as a HIGH (2 of 2) priority for support.

13. Extending the Ampleforth Abbey Welcome; HG-16-01424

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Grantee: Ampleforth Abbey and College

Request: Award grant of £2,738,600 (72%)

Project: To enhance the visitor experience at Ampleforth Abbey Estate, home to the largest Benedictine Monastic community in Britain. Repairs would be carried out to the Abbey Church, Monk’s Bridge and Walker Organ and the visitor centre extended. Site-wide interpretation, including digital and augmented reality would help tell the story of the estate from the community’s arrival in 1802 to life today.

The Board awarded a first round pass of £2,963,200 including a development grant of £224,600 (75%) in November 2016.

The Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber recommended the project to the Board as a REJECTION.

14. Prioritisation of second round items

Oral

David Renwick left the room

During the case by case discussion the Committee agreed to recommend the Extending the Ampleforth Abbey Welcome (item 13) as a rejection to the Board.

The Committee also had two high priority cases, meaning prioritisation was required. Following careful consideration and a vote the Committee ranked the two cases in the following order:

  1. Ryevitalise (item 11) and;
  2. Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey- equal access, wider engagement, greater sustainability for England’s most dramatic steam railway (item 12).

Papers for discussion

 15. Communications Report

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The Committee noted the report.

16. Any other business

Oral

To commemorate the final meeting David Renwick invited staff and Committee members to share their favourite projects throughout Yorkshire and the Humber.

David Renwick also delivered a short presentation highlighting the region’s key successes over the years and demonstrated the breadth of heritage the Committee had saved and supported.

Note of Annotation: This was the last meeting of the Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber. The Committee would be replaced from 1 April 2019 by an interim Area Committee for England, North which would include the area originally covered by the Committees for the North West, for the North East, and the Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber.