Funding approved for Community Space Facilities in Hemswell Cliff

Villagers in Hemswell Cliff are set to get access to a large function room thanks to a £100,000 grant from FCC Communities Foundation.

The money will be used to improve the room known as Studio 2 and its associated kitchen at the Broadcast Engineering Museum in Capper Avenue.

Dr Paul Marshall, Chair of the Broadcast Engineering Conservation Group (the charity which owns the museum) believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.

He says: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Hemswell Cliff. It’s fantastic that FCC Communities Foundation has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to our meeting space taking shape over the next year.”

FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Richard Smith, FCC Communities Foundation senior grant manager, says: “We’re delighted to be supporting the building refurbishments at the Broadcast Engineering Museum and pleased our funding will make such a difference in allowing the building to be used as a community centre. FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and we’re looking forward to this one having a positive impact very soon.”

West Lindsey District Council has been supporting the Broadcast Engineering Conservation Group through the funding process and has awarded the charity further funding to help the project become a reality. Sally Grindrod-Smith, Director of Planning, Regeneration and Communities, says: “We’re delighted to have been able to support such an amazing project as this. This new space will significantly enhance provision and ensure there is sustainable and impactful community activities and events for everyone to enjoy.”

Graham Prestwood, Chairman of Hemswell Cliff Parish Council, also welcomes the news: “We feel that this provides an opportunity for the village to prosper once again, by allowing people somewhere to come together for a multitude of different reasons. The Parish Council and the BECG will work tirelessly to make this a success. This really will be a huge milestone for the village since the MoD left all those years ago. Huge thanks goes out to the BECG and FCC Communities Foundation.”

Paul Marshall hopes Studio 2 will be ready to use by the end of 2024.