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Cultura Trust has received a grant of £59,100 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Wed - November 25, 2020

Cultura Trust has received a grant of £59,100 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to enable it to carry out repairs at the Grade II* listed Gayle Mill in Wensleydale, and support the Trust’s core costs during the pandemic.

The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. £50million was made available nationally to provide emergency funding for those in need across the heritage sector.

Graham Bell, Director of Cultura, said: “Thanks to the National Lottery and its players we have at last been able to gain access to the roof and other parts of the mill. Rampant vegetation was threatening to undermine the headrace. We’re grateful that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time – it’s a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all.”

The chair of Hawes and High Abbotside Parish Council, Richmondshire District councillor Jill McMullon commented: “Gayle Mill is very much a part of our local history and it will be amazing to have it restored back to a working mill. In such difficult times it’s lovely to have such good news and we look forward to see its progress and eventual completion.”

Stone Technical Services of Darlington won the tender and Mr Bell said: “They made a dramatic presence on site by doing the roof repairs by rope access rather than scaffolding.”

Neil Embleton, Stone Technical Services’ Contracts Manager, said: “we specialise in rope access maintenance work to historic buildings, which often have hard-to-reach roofs and architectural detail.” The work at the mill includes the stone roof slates, ridges and gable, overhauling the drainage and resurfacing the drive, which had eroded during storms early in the year, and installing new distinctive ‘Gayle-style’ gates as were made at the mill.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as Cultura during this uncertain time.”

Like Cultura, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This money is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.

Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes, including heritage of local and national importance. By playing The National Lottery, people up and down the country are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combatting the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the UK.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund is now closed for applications. To find out more about how The National Heritage Emergency Fund is supporting the sector at this time please visit: coronavirus-covid-19

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Gayle Mill

Mill Lane
Gayle, Hawes
North Yorkshire

01969 629348

Cultura Trust is a company registered in England, No. 1654806, and a registered charity, No. 513055. Registered as a charity in Scotland, No. SC050330