Wisbech Society and the Friends of Leverington Road Cemetery announce Heritage Weekend events for 10 and 11 September
Friends of Wisbech General Cemetery will be on hand between 10am and 4pm across Heritage Weekend, 10/11 September, equipped with maps and a list of those interred in the cemetery for visitors interested in family research.
The Wisbech Society will also be present, explaining its exciting plans, using Heritage Lottery Funding, to bring the cemetery’s chapel back into community use. There will be displays from the Fenland Family History Society and the Fenland Focus Forum, plus activities for children, including a demonstration by Peckover School of tile making for the restoration of the chapel floor.
Two guided walks are also available. On Saturday, 10 September, Sue Beel, Chair of the Friends, will lead visitors around the cemetery from 2pm. On Sunday, 11 September, Peter Clayton, of Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, will begin his ‘Local Heroes’ walk, also at 2pm.
This attractive, peaceful corner of Wisbech originated in 1836 as one of the first Victorian burial grounds in the country. Primarily for non-conformist burials, it became the final resting place of many prominent Wisbech residents over the next century.
Covering approximately 3 acres, the cemetery was laid out as a formal garden with gravel pathways, lawns, trees and flowering shrubs, following the style of the latest cemeteries in London and Paris.
Today, as well as being a historical treasure, it is a woodland habitat and wildlife haven of a type rare in this part of Fenland.
The Summer Outings Program has been released for 2016!
The first outing for this year has been arranged for Wednesday 11th May 2016 and comprises a visit to Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. Home to 617 squadron, visitors will be given a tour of the Town's Museum and be able to have a light lunch at the Tea Room in the Woods. To book a place on this excursion, please follow this link.
Now in its 77th year, Wisbech Society and Preservation Trust is working harder than ever to safeguard the history and heritage of Wisbech, Capital of the Fens and Birthplace to Octavia Hill and Thomas Clarkson. The town's history has positively contributed to our modern society, having been the birthplace of the man who abolished the Slave Trade and the woman who founded the National Trust.
The preservation of the town’s stunning architecture is always very high on the Society's agenda and Fenland District Council consults the Society on planning matters affecting the town’s Listed buildings and conservation areas. Wisbech Society and Preservation Trust keeps a close eye on renovation projects as well as providing funding where appropriate. Through 2014 it worked closely with Fenland District Council on a Townscape bid for funding to regenerate the High Street, and continues with plans to restore the chapel of rest in the town’s historically significant General Cemetery. Working hand-in-hand with the Friends of Wisbech General Cemetery, the Society has ensured the site’s future.
An active and effective civic society, the Wisbech Society and Preservation Trust takes great pride in the commemoration and celebration of the town’s cultural past, including its many eminent citizens – the Society has installed blue plaques on several relevant buildings around the town.
Membership is open to all, with the annual fee not only helping fund the Society’s many and varied activities, but also allowing access to a programme of fascinating winter lectures and a series of exclusive trips in the spring and summer months. And thanks to the Society’s association with Civic Voice, members also receive one free entry to a National Trust property and one free admission to an English Heritage site per year.
The Wisbech Society & Preservation Trust is proud to be assoicated with the launch of a new biography, released in October 2015 by Martin Gibson. Charting the life of Captain Neil Primrose MP, the biography covers the life of this Wisbech Resident and MP until his death in the First World War. For more information on the Publication and how to purchase it, please visit our Publications page.
FIRST STAGE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUNDING FOR WISBECH HIGH STREET
In September 2014, we included details of a first round Heritage lottery bid that had been submitted with a view to regenerating Wisbech High Street (Original text here). Fenland District Council have now received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the £2 million Townscape Heritage bid that will potentially assist in the regeneration of the High Street. As reported by Fenland District Council, "The project aims to deliver the restoration of a number of buildings and facades on Wisbech High Street and turn the former Cook’s Butchers site into an exciting new area of public space." Most notably, the statement highlights the fact that only 13 of the 30 applicants from all over the UK were sucessful. ( Click here to read more)
However, achieving first round approval with the HLF does not guarantee that full funding will be forthcoming, only that it monies have been set aside. As highlighed by FDC, "Development funding of around £108,000 is included in the initial award to help the council progress its plans to apply for a full grant at a later date." In order to secure full funding, it will be necessary for everyone involved in the potential project to work together in progressing a more detailed application.
A press release has been made by the Heritage Lottery fund, further detailing the potential allocation of funding.
As demonstrated by the comments made by Chariman of the Society Ray Johnson, all parties involved in the draughting and submission of the initial bid remain enthusiastic. In a statement included in the Councils press release, he was cited as saying that “As a local heritage society, we have worked on this scheme for the past two years and have demonstrated our wholehearted commitment to it by pledging £25,000. Now, as we move on to the second stage of the bid, we will continue to do all we can to deliver a project that will truly revive the heritage of Wisbech.”
Significant capital has been set aside for this potential project by its various supporters and in addition to the funds being made available through the Society, further capital will be injected into the scheme by Fenland District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Wisbech town Council. In total, pledged funds set aside in support of the bid total £500,000.
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Wisbech's classical Georgian North Brink