January 23, 2013:
Exbourne Local History Group is one of the groups in the UK, chosen to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund “All Our Stories” grant to research the “Story of Some of the 18th Century Houses and Farms in Exbourne Parish”.
The Heritage Lottery Fund sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy.
“All Our Stories” is a small grants funding programme, enabling groups to explore their heritage and share what they have learnt with others. The programme was launched in support of BBC Two’s “ The Great British Story” and has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. The series was presented by historian Michael Woods, who said “We love British History and it is really tremendous that people in Exbourne have been inspired to tell their story by digging deeper in the past of the village”
Richard Bellamy, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said “Clearly the success of “All Our Stories” has reinforced the fact that we are a nation of storytellers and that we want to explore and discover more about our past and what really matters to us. This is exactly what the grant will do for Exbourne Local History Group as they embark on a real journey of discovery.”
Steve Gazzard, chairman of the Group said: “It’s great that we have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to get started. There is so much to discover about Exbourne’s past. We are all really excited about telling other people about our findings and sharing our heritage and history with them. We will be working on the project throughout 2013 and we intend to keep everyone informed about what we discover.”