Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Heritage Lottery Bid for Deane Road Cemetery has been submitted today!

Fans of Deane Road Jewish cemetery in Kensington will be interested to hear that I have today pressed the button to formally submit our Heritage Lottery Fund after the committee has spent nearly three years on its fundraising plans. (Interestingly it was deemed to be in Fairfield when it was built, I guess Kensington did not actually exist then)

A committee of 7 people have met monthly, and sometimes more often than that to develop our plans for this special project and we have put together what I believe to be a really top-notch first stage bid to the HLF. Everyone has played their part, writing different bits, organising the supporting paperwork - and even a special DVD - and we have now bid for £220,000 of funds which if we are successful will see a total restoration of our beloved cemetery.

I am also delighted to tell you that we now have five wonderful patrons who have agreed to support the project, tell their influential friends about it and generally get behind the plans to restore Deane Road Jewish Cemetery. They are Rex Makin, Freeman of the city of Liverpool (Jewish), Dame Lorna Muirhead DBE, DL, SRN, SCM, MTD, CStJ, Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside (not Jewish), Miriam Margolyes OBE, famous actress (Jewish), Rt Hon Jane Kennedy MP within whose constituency the cemetery falls (not Jewish) and Louise Ellman MP, Liverpool Riverside (Jewish).

We are thrilled that they have responded positively to our invitation to become patrons.

If you would like a PDF copy of our bid, I will be happy to send it to you by email.

Thanks so much for everyone who is standing with us. Please start sending positive thoughts towards the HLF people, that they might look favourably upon our bid for funds.

Some publicity we have received since I posted this
Jewish Chronicle
Jewish Telegraph
Liverpool Echo
And more can be seen at the Deane Road Cemetery publicity page

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