Councillor Ellie Brooks, heritage champion for Cheshire East, voices support for Heritage Centre expansion plans and urges Knutsfordians to vote for the Centre’s bid for an Aviva Community Fund award
“I know the volunteers who run the Heritage Centre have no illusions about the challenges of raising money to support its expansion. The Aviva Community Fund bid is a tremendous way of kickstarting the process.
KNUTSFORD HERITAGE CENTRE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT TO SECURE VITAL FUNDING
Knutsford Heritage Centre, a local charity in Cheshire, which aims to protect, present and promote the rich and diverse heritage of Knutsford for the benefit of residents and visitors, is calling for the support of the local community to help win funding as part of the AVIVA Community Fund 2017.
Knutsford Heritage Centre is relying on votes to increase their chances of winning funding of up to £25,000 which they hope will allow them to expand the existing Heritage Centre by regenerating “The Cranford Carpet Shop” in Red Cow Yard, next door, into a state of the art extension to the Heritage Centre.
Knutsford Heritage Centre was established in 1989 to help visitors understand the rich, varied heritage associated with Knutsford, which has been home to many famous people, and boasting many impressive Grade 2 listed buildings. The Centre hosts two galleries, beautiful garden and shop, providing exhibitions, demonstrations and guided town walks. They catalogue artefacts and maintain archives. The centrepiece is the Knutsford Millennium Tapestry; set in 3 panels more than 13 metres long was created over 4 years by 3000 local people to celebrate Knutsford in 2000. Their objective is to provide benefits to Knutsford residents and UK/Overseas visitors by preserving, protecting and promoting Knutsford’s rich diverse heritage, attracting 10,000+ visitors /year, providing an educational resource for local schools , community and youth groups and information for visitors.
George Williams, Trustee, from Knutsford Heritage Centre says “With only 8 grants available if we drum up enough votes from friends, family and supporters in our community and beyond, then we could make it to the Finals, and secure this fantastic resource for the people in the town to enjoy both now and in the future.”
To get behind Knutsford Heritage Centre and help make a difference in your local community, visit https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-2481 and submit your vote before 21st November
This year Wallwood will be ‘decked out’ in a spooky fashion with witches, wizards, spooky music and decoration.
The Pumpkin Path event runs from 4pm to 8pm with visitors finding the pumpkins with their carved letter in participating retailers, then walking up to Wallwood to find the last two pumpkins, enjoy the atmosphere and the spooky characters.
The first 400 children that return to King Street to post their entries in the Heritage Centre post box will each receive a limited edition Pumpkin bug … and we promise there will be no spooky man jumping out to scare you this year!
Our New exhibition will run from Tue 18th July through to Sat 16th Dec
Come and visit our exhibition and find out about the rich history of the businesses in Knutsford, their stories, their place in the community and the premises they occupy.
Guest of honour at the recent opening of the Knutsford Heritage Centre’s ‘Knutsford Means Business’ exhibition was Councillor Arthur Moran, Mayor of Cheshire East Council.
You can read more about the Business Exhibition launch and see more pictures on our Events page
Knutsford was featured on a recent BBC2 Great Rail Journey programme featuring Michael Portillo in January 2016. Knutsford Heritage Centre worked with Boundless TV on the research for this programme during 2015.
There are no upcoming events at this time.
90A King Street, Knutsford,
Cheshire, WA16 6ED
Tel: 01565 650506