ALMONRY chiefs are celebrating after the historic venue was handed a slice of the Government’s £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund.
The site was given £18,235 to carry out a series of essential building surveys to assess the condition of the building before moving ahead with a major funding bid to the National Heritage Lottery Fund.
Grants of up to £25,000 are being allocated to cherished heritage sites, like the Almonry, across the country to cover urgently needed maintenance and repairs.
This vital funding comes from a part of the Culture Recovery Fund called the Heritage Stimulus Fund and is administered on behalf of the government by Historic England.
Almonry manager Ashleigh Jayes said: “The Almonry is such an important part of Evesham’s history and landscape, the need to restore and preserve it for the future is essential.”
As well as rescuing precious heritage buildings in need, the injection of cash will protect livelihoods for some of the most vulnerable heritage specialists and contractors working in the sector.
The Almonry was once part of Evesham Abbey, a Benedictine House that was destroyed in the Dissolution. Once the home of the Almoner, the name given to one of the monks whose job it was to give alms to the poor and needy of the town, it has been providing a service to the Town for more than 600 years.
Now home to the town’s museum, Tourist Information Centre and gift shop, it is a unique building offering a unique service to the people of Evesham and the Vale. The Grade One listed building was placed on the Heritage at Risk Register in 2016.
Chair of the Almonry Advisory Panel, Coun Andrew Dyke, said “It’s importance locally and to visitors to Evesham cannot be underestimated and we are thrilled to receive this funding, which will go a long way to restoring a much loved building and museum in Evesham.”