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Andrew Mitchell MP congratulates Hippodrome Theatre for securing Lottery cash

Andrew Mitchell MP congratulates Hippodrome Theatre for securing Lottery cash and urges Sutton’s communities to apply for Heritage Lottery Funding.

From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks we love, from precious memories to rare wildlife the Heritage Lottery Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. Sutton’s MP Andrew Mitchell is today calling for local communities to benefit from HLF funding in our Royal Town.

Only last month, the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust celebrated being awarded a £10,000 grant to explore in full detail the history of the Sutton Coldfield Cricket Club Members dating back to the First World War. The award winning team will research the enlisted players, collect oral histories and hold youth art workshops.

Sutton’s MP, who three years ago launched his own Sutton wide search for evidence of the town’s heritage, Andrew Mitchell commented; “In a Royal Town like ours, Suttonians know just how much heritage provides the roots of our identities and enriches the quality of our lives. It inspires pride in communities and is at the heart of localism.”

The diverse communities of the West Midlands have benefited from grants to explore, conserve and celebrate the heritage that matters to them. A variety of schemes have been funded; from exploring the history of the Chinese Community in Birmingham and capturing memories of Hereford Livestock Market to young people discovering and conserving the Staffordshire Moorlands’ natural heritage. The Fund will be investing £430m this year, with grants starting at £3,000.

Andrew Mitchell MP concluded: “It’s great to see that the Heritage Lottery fund have funded nearly 2,300 community and voluntary groups across the West Midlands to encourage more people to share local heritage stories. I’m calling on all Sutonians to think about the local heritage projects they can get involved in and talk to someone at HLF about making their ideas a reality”

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