In April 2017 we received a grant of £80,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a project to restore parts of the property and grounds. With this funding we were able to appoint a heritage buildings architect and other building professionals to develop a project which will enable us to carry out extensive restoration in 2018. In November 2017 a second round application was submitted to HLF for a further £387,000 to carry out the works. We have also secured a grant from Country Houses Foundation of £57,000 to partner the HLF grant when the decision is made in March 2018. To date we have raised over £100,000 from donations from our kind customers and supporters as the required partnership funding.
The HLF and Country Houses Foundation project will:
- Repair and conserve the manor’s historic fabric, repair the roof, windows and doors, upgrade dated electrical and water systems.
- Redecorate rooms and facilities.
- Conserve the library collection and make it accessible to more people.
- Install new more environmentally sustainable systems which will save significant future running costs and be much more efficient.
We desperately need your help to raise these funds to ensure we can continue to promote folk arts in England and preserve our valuable cultural heritage for future generations. To donate please click here.
In 2018 we are hoping to progress plans to build a new kitchen to the rear of the manor so we can bring two under used areas back into use and have a new dining room and activity space. The plan is to build a sympathetically designed kitchen and wash up area which will free up the Mardon Room and existing kitchen to act as the dining room, this will:
Mean no more set ups and downs at meal times
We will have a fit for purpose dining area
We will have a new activity space in the existing wash up area
We will restore two parts of the original manor to their former glory
We will have an efficient, ergonomically designed kitchen
We still need to raise money for this project so if you would like to donate please visit our funding page or get in touch.