Lottery helps heritage centre keep afloat

STAFF on the Dean Heritage Centre say they’re “so grateful” to the native residents who’ve chosen to assist them by the district council’s Forest Lottery scheme throughout what has been an “extraordinarily tough” interval for the charity.

The centre in Soudley, which homes historic artefacts and exhibitions that inform the story of the Forest and in addition hosts common sights and occasions, has suffered financially in the course of the pandemic, with the charity receiving no Authorities funding and counting on guests to remain afloat.

With lockdowns and Covid restrictions having considerably diminished the variety of guests within the final two years, the charity has regarded to its supporters to assist elevate funds to maintain the centre open.

Having signed up for the Forest Lottery in 2020, residents have to this point helped the charity elevate greater than £1,200 by the scheme.

Cupboard Member for Finance on the Forest Council, Cllr Richard Leppington mentioned: “It’s nice to see such a cultural and historic venue such because the Dean Heritage Centre proceed to thrive even in the course of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

“This can be very tough for tourism sights corresponding to this to stay open when customer numbers had been significantly diminished and the assist from Forest Lottery gamers helps to make sure that funds can proceed to be raised.

“We welcome all native causes who want to be part of the Forest Lottery to sign-up and start fundraising and all who’re focused on supporting a trigger near their coronary heart can achieve this through the Forest Lottery web site.”

The centre, which first opened in 1983, homes a museum that enable guests to delve into the historical past of the native setting, the Dean’s mining heritage and “the animals and other people that decision the forest dwelling”.

Native artists recurrently showcase their skills on the centre by craft demonstrations and the location can be dwelling to the favored Gruffalo Path.

Joanne Clarke, Engagement Supervisor at The Dean Heritage Centre mentioned: “As a charity we obtain no Authorities funding to stay open and depend on guests coming by the doorways and supporting us to remain open.’

“The previous couple of years have been extraordinarily tough for the centre with lockdowns and the decrease variety of guests throughout that point.

“We joined the Forest Lottery in Could 2020 and we’re so grateful to the supporters and gamers who’ve helped elevate funds to maintain the Centre open.

“As we now transfer out of the pandemic we now have some nice occasions deliberate all through Easter and the Summer season holidays and stay up for welcoming everybody to the Dean Heritage Centre to see the very best of what the Forest has to supply.”

For extra details about the centre, go to

To get entangled with the council’s Forest Lottery, go to

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