Council celebrates £5.7k Heritage Lottery Fund grant for a family activity day

16th May 2016

leavesden-country-park-2.jpgThree Rivers District Council have announced that they have received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant, to host a family heritage event in Leavesden Country Park this summer, in partnership with Abbots Langley Local History Society and Leavesden Hospitals History Association. ‘Leavesden Heritage Day’ and the Council have been awarded £5,700 to fund the event, which will encourage residents to explore heritage and celebrate memories from the local area.

Taking place on Saturday 9th July 2016 between 11am and 3pm, there will be a host of free activities on offer for families and people of all ages, including a ‘Family Tree’ art activity, the opportunity to meet local historians, discover artefacts and participate in a ‘Living History’ guided walk through the park with actors in authentic costume. The day will encourage residents from all over the district to visit the park and learn more about the local heritage in fun and exciting ways.

leavesden-country-park-list-image.jpgA short film will also be produced on the day to capture the essence of history being brought to life, forming part of an information archive that will afterwards be made accessible to the public online and in an art exhibition at Artistsmeet, Three Rivers District Council’s contemporary gallery space.

Councillor Lloyd, Lead Member of Leisure said “The project will celebrate the rich heritage of the area and give recognition to the important social history of Leavesden. The event will also be a brilliant day for local families and people, providing a chance for people to learn about where they live”

Robyn Llewellyn, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, East of England said: “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that ‘Love your Leavesden’ can embark on a real journey of discovery. Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”