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Lottery grant will help raise awareness of Sturmer’s history

Jo Porth (left) and Linda Evans, from Sturmer Local History Group, at the childrens play area where they hope to put up an information board.

Jo Porth (left) and Linda Evans, from Sturmer Local History Group, at the childrens play area where they hope to put up an information board.

A village history group’s dream of creating a heritage trail has received a big fillip after it became one of the first UK recipients of a new grant.

Sturmer Local History Group (SLHG) has been awarded £8,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s All Our Stories grant to help it complete its project - Sturmer Steps.

All Our Stories was launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s the Great British Story, presented by Michael Wood, as a means of enabling communities to get more involved with their heritage.

Jo Porth, from the SLHG, said: “We want to put Sturmer of the local history map.

“It’s great that we have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to get started.

“We love where we live and know there’s so much more to discover about our past.

“We are all really excited about telling other people about our findings and sharing our heritage with them.”

The group, which meets tonight (Thursday) to begin its project in earnest, aims to put up information posts at four locations on the heritage trail.

One would go in the children’s park in Water Lane and the others would be placed by the village hall, Mere Cottage and on the railway line, next to the Red Lion pub.

Linda Bevan, the group’s secretary and treasurer, explained that negotiations have also begun with the owners of the land where they wish to place the boards to get help paying for them.

Jo and Linda initially learnt of the grant during a Day with Michael Wood event staged at Ickworth House, before successfully applying for it with the help of Cambridge University researcher Jonathon King, who continues to help them with the project.

The trail will be launched and supported by a number of community events, such as an art exhibition and a collection of memories from Sturmer residents past and present.

 

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