Ledbury Places News

Ledbury Places secures further funding

Ledbury Places, the organisation set up to secure the long-term future and sustainability of the Barrett Browning Institute, Burgage Hall, the Heritage Centre, the Market House, the Butcher Row House Museum and the Town Council Office, has been successful in securing a place on the Community Ownership and Management of Assets (including Right to Bid) Grant Programme.

The programme was set up to invest in community groups in England to empower them to use Community Asset Transfer and the Community Right to Bid and help safeguard local assets for community benefit. Alex Clive, Ledbury Places’ Director, said: “We are the only organisation of this nature in Herefordshire to have secured a place on this programme and we are delighted to be part of it. The concept of community-owned assets is a relatively new one but, as the existence of the grant programme demonstrates, there is plenty of support for it at local and national level and we are lucky to be receiving some valuable input to help us achieve our aims.”

The programme has provided Ledbury Places with the support of a representative from the Plunkett Foundation, an organisation that helps communities to take control of their challenges and overcome them together. Its role is to support people, predominantly in rural areas, to set up and run life-changing community co-operatives.

As well as exploring the options that will help secure the future of the six iconic buildings, Ledbury Places has also been busy putting down roots as an organisation. It is now a registered charity and a member of Locality, the national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations, working together to help neighbourhoods thrive. Alex commented: “Becoming a registered charity gives us an official status that reflects our commitment to our aims and being part of Locality is vital for us because we can share knowledge and experience with like-minded organisations.”

Alex said: “The future looks very bright for Ledbury Places. Although some of the buildings in question are in urgent need of restoration work, we see this as a long term plan to develop a secure future for these important contributors to our heritage. We need to find ways as a community to make better use of these buildings, to help to ensure their long-term viability and sustainability. I hope to have some exciting news to report in the coming weeks. I can’t say more now apart from – watch this space!”

In the meantime, Ledbury and district residents are being encouraged to stay in touch and comment on the project by liking it on Facebook, following it on Twitter or visiting www.ledburyplaces.org.

Issued: 2 October 2015

Grant Application Disappointment For Ledbury Places

Ledbury Places Director, Alex Clive, has today expressed disappointment at the news the project has been unsuccessful in its initial bid for grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Decisions were shared privately with all applicants just under two weeks ago, but it is only today that HLF have publicly announced the projects that have been selected for funding.

Issued: Wednesday 11 February, 2015

Ledbury Places Grant Application Submitted

Burgage HallAlex Clive, who is a member of the Ledbury Places Board, has today confirmed that a grant application has now been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The application for up to £2million of funding was made to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Townscape Heritage Scheme at the end of last week – prior to the deadline at the end of August – and the project is described as aiming to transform Ledbury through community led, creative re-use and regeneration of heritage assets.

Issued: Monday 1st September, 2014

Grant Application Now Focus For Ledbury Places

Alex Clive, Chairman of the Ledbury & District Civic Society and a member of the Ledbury Places steering group, has today given the latest update on the Ledbury Places project and the progress being made.

He explained that currently the main focus for the steering group is completing the grant application process and ensuring the best possible bid for funding is registered with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) by the end of August.

Mr Clive explained it will then be January 2015 before Ledbury Places finds out whether its application has been successful and whether the project can progress to the next stage.

Issued: Tuesday 22 July, 2014

Ledbury Places takes part in Ledbury Community Day

The Ledbury Places team took part in Ledbury's Community Day, which was held on 7 June 2014.

The Ledbury Places stand had plenty of information on the proposals for the project as they stand to date. You can download the information boards that were on display here:

No decisions have been taken yet and so the Community Day was a valuable opportunity to answer questions and hear the views of the people of Ledbury on the proposals.

To get involved and have your say, contact us at hello@ledburyplaces.org, on Facebook or via Twitter.

Ledbury Places Group Provides Context To ‘Lift’ Debate

Alex Clive, Chairman of Ledbury & District Civic Society, has today given the latest update on the progress of the Ledbury Places project.

He has also provided some clarity and context in relation to recent media reports about the possible installation of a lift in the town’s Market House – a proposal which would improve access to the first floor so it can be put to better, more full use by the local community as a whole.

Explaining the latest position in relation to Ledbury Places, Mr Clive said:

“Ledbury Places has been progressing well and having completed the information gathering part of our feasibility study, we then put together a business plan outlining various options for the future use of the six buildings we are looking at.

Market House

“No decisions have been taken yet and what we are able to do will depend greatly on the amount of grant funding available. However, the essential aims of the project have not changed.

“The aim remains to preserve the long term future of six of Ledbury’s most historic buildings (the Barrett Browning Institute, Burgage Hall, the Butchers Row House Museum, the Heritage Centre, the Market House and the Town Council Offices) by managing them as a group to the benefit of the Ledbury community.”

Issued: Friday 2 May, 2014

Alex Clive interviewed by Rich Hadley

Alex Clive of Ledbury & District Civic Society has been interviewed about the Ledbury Places project by Rich Hadley, Ledbury Town Councillor. In the interview Alex Clive explains why Ledbury Places is a good move for the town and its heritage. He also discusses the thinking behind the possible installation of a lift in the Market House.

You can listen to Alex's interview on Rich Hadley's website.

Ledbury Places Group Completes Business Plan

The group leading a national pilot scheme in Ledbury – which has been made possible thanks to funding from the Social Investment Business (SIB) – has confirmed it has drawn up a business plan which can be submitted to various organisations, such as the Heritage Lottery and Architectural Heritage Fund, as an application for funding to take the project to the next stage.

Issued: Friday 21st March, 2014

Ledbury Heritage Centre Set To Re-Open

From left to right - Alan Pike, Sally Holiday, Anne MacDonald and Veronica Land are four of the volunteers that are helping to re-open the Heritage Centre From left to right: Alan Pike, Sally Holiday, Anne MacDonald and Veronica Land are four of the volunteers that are helping to re-open the Heritage Centre

Ledbury & District Civic Society are delighted to confirm they have agreed a license with Herefordshire Council to re-open the town’s Heritage Centre on Church Street from Tuesday 1st April.

Issued: Monday 10 March, 2014

Ledbury Places Team Thank The Community For Feedback

With the initial public consultation period now closed, the Ledbury Places project team has thanked the local community for the feedback they have given on the four options that were released at the start of February as a result of the Feasibility Study that has been conducted over recent months.

Issued: Monday 17 February, 2014

Ledbury Places Project: Time Running Out To Have Your Say

The ‘Ledbury Places’ team have reminded local people that time is running out to share their initial views on the four options put forward as part of a national pilot project looking at the long-term future of six heritage buildings in the town.

Civic Society Chairman Alex Clive said, “The aim of this project is not only to preserve these six beautiful buildings, but also to ensure they are put to fuller use in order to safeguard their long-term future. Therefore, input from local people is vital to ensure we have examined all the possible options and I’d like to remind people that we need any feedback by 5pm on Tuesday 11 February so we have time to take on board and discuss any views that are shared with us.”

Issued: Monday 10 February, 2014

Unique Chance To Shape Ledbury’s Future

“We need your help!”

That is the message to the people of Ledbury from the project team formed by Ledbury & District Civic Society to work on a national pilot scheme that reached a crucial milestone at the end of January.

Issued: Monday 3 February, 2014

Barrett Browning Institute