Friday, 20th July 2018
News from RBPT
Charity Celebrates Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2018
Staff and volunteers of Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust celebrated their nomination for the 2018 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service with a garden party at the home of Trust Chairman, Ian Hepworth and his wife Val.
The award was created by the Queen in 2002 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Queen’s accession, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.
The RBPT, which has as its objectives preserving buildings in the Richmondshire Area, was responsible for the restoration of the Grade II* listed redundant station building in Richmond. This was achieved entirely by volunteers, who raised £2.7 million pounds through grants and fund-raising. The Trust has run the building for over 10-years, providing a much-needed venue offering 3-screen cinema, artisan food producers and art for local people and visitors to Richmond.
On a lovely summer’ afternoon, staff and volunteers gathered together in Ian and Val’s garden. All were thrilled by the recognition this award brings to the volunteers who have given their time to making The Station a success. Ian said, “I am delighted that Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust has been awarded this accolade. It is a credit to all our volunteers, trustees and staff, past and present who have contributed to the success of our flagship project, The Station in Richmond. We look forward with great confidence to delivering future projects”
Ian continued, “If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer at The Station and/or The Old Grammar School please get in touch. We would also welcome applications from anyone interested in becoming a Trustee.”
The Trust is currently working with a Round One Heritage Lottery Grant and a further grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund to reopen The Old Grammar School as a community venue supported by commercial enterprise. The Trust has until next March to raise the £450,000 required to apply for a Second Round Heritage Lottery grant of £1.8 million. The Lottery will make a decision next summer and, if successful, work will start later in the year on the renovation and conversion of the building into community offices and facilities supported by income from a beautiful function room, small youth hostel and associated café, that will also be open to the public.