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Kirkbymoorside History Group gets grant for Not Lost but Gone Before project
KIRKBYMOORSIDE History Group has been given an lottery grant to help restore and preserve the key table tombs and gravestones in the town’s churchyard.
The project, Not Lost but Gone Before, will receive £6,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Sharing Heritage programme.
Funding will also enable the initiative, led by the history group and All Saints PCC to work with local schoolchildren to research the stories behind the stones.
Sharing Heritage is a new funding programme to help people across the UK explore, conserve and share all aspects of the history and character of their local area.
Members of Kirkbymoorside History Group work with the community to preserve the town’s rich and often hidden history and this project will give the town’s youngsters the chance to find out more about the forgotten stories and lives of those who were once key figures in the town’s development.
The aim is to restore not only the physical markers, but also the social markers left behind by these people.
Kirkbymoorside History Group’s secretary Louise Mudd said: “It’s great that we have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to get started. We love where we live and know there’s so much more to discover about our past.
“We are all really excited about telling other people about our findings and sharing our discoveries and stories with everyone through regular updates on the blog and with a final exhibition once the works are done.
“It will really enhance the community space as well as preserve the past.”
Kirkbymoorside History Group was formed back in 2002 when a group of residents formed to publish a series of magazines on the town’s history – The Kirkbymoorside Times.
Since the group, which is run by volunteers, has gone on to gather more material and has published a series of publications on various aspects of the town’s history including The Adela Shaw Children’s Hospital and All Saint’s Church.
Chairman Robin Butler said: “This is fantastic news for Kirkbymoorside. The HLF grant will help us to preserve and restore these historic stones for the community, saving them for future generations but also allow us to educate the youngsters and residents through a variety of activities, as well as providing volunteering and educational opportunities.”
Fiona Spiers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that ‘Not Lost but Gone Before’ can embark on a real journey of discovery.
“Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”
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