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Our Trent Vale Landscape Partnership exhibition in the bandstand at Newark CastleTVLP’s Time Travel event at Newark Castle on 31 July was a great success with around 3,000 people coming along. Organised by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Archaeology team, the castle grounds were buzzing with battle re-enactments, Saxon craftsmen, a medieval armoury, historical storyteller and an executioner (with his collection of cruel implements)!

Rarely open to the public, the castle doors were also flung open for visitors to explore the castle roof, dark store rooms and cramped, dingy dungeons.

Trevor Watson, Saxon wood workerOverwhelming numbers of people came along to explore the history, enjoy the food and watch the displays. ‘I learned plenty of new and interesting facts as my daughter went off in search of princesses’ and ‘interesting and informative, the day showed just what a gem Newark castle really is’ were views from two visitors who posted letters to the Newark Advertiser (6 Aug 2010).

Christopher Pennell, Chair of the Board of Trustees at HLF, used the event to make a speech about the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership programme. In particular, the HLF’s recognition that Trent Vale is a unique, important and special area for its heritage, wildlife and industry, and its desire to support rural communities.

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Queues formed at the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership stall at the Sconce Fest on Sunday as children, grandmothers, teenagers and dads waited to join in the Civil War purse making workshop. Sue Rodgers from Nottinghamshire County Council led the workshops and showed people how to lace together leather purses. Over 35 free purses were made during the afternoon as hundreds of people joined the celebrations to officially reopen Sconce and Devon Park. 

Other activities included re-enactments by the Sealed Knot, displays by Newark Heritage Barge and Farndon Sea Scouts, music by the competition winner of Newark’s Got Talent and dance displays by local groups.

If you wish to know more about the Sconce and Devon Park project click here.

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A community sculpture which was developed using TVLP funding will be delayed after the discovery of two skeletons just below the soil surface in Gainsborough town centre on 26 May 2010. Contractors working on the town centre regeneration project found the bones on what is thought to be a 12th century graveyard that could have pre-Normal origins.

Silverstreet Artworks sculpture for Gainsborough town centre

Silverstreet Artworks sculpture for Gainsborough town centre

The bones have been temporarily recovered by archaeologists and will be washed and examined. They will be reburied in consecrated ground within two years. Works on the town centre was suspended, which means that installation of the Silverstreet Artworks sculpture will be delayed. The expected date for completion of the main structural work is 9 August.

£1,900 of TVLP funding from our Community Grants scheme helped to involve local young people in the design of the sculpture through publicity and participatory sessions, as well as raising awareness of the Trent Vale wildlife.

The final design is a stunning, specially-commissioned metal sculpture insprired by swifts.

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Sunday 11 April 2010 saw the beginning of the Community Heritage Project in Marton with Lincolnshire County Council. A total of 26 volunteers turned up to have a go at archaeological field walking and metal detecting on a known Roman roadside settlement. Thankfully the weather held out and lots of different types of Roman pottery, roof tiles, coins, and even a prehistoric struck flint were collected. Everyone worked hard and contributed to a successful day.

Sorting artefacts found on the Marton field walk dayThe finds will be sorted and analysed, and the results will be presented to the community on 29 May 2010 in Marton Village Hall from 11am onwards. In November we are hoping to hold an archaeological excavation in Marton on the Roman settlement, in which volunteers from the community are invited to take part. No experience is necessary, as training and supervision will be provided.

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As part of our community grants scheme, a total of £9,662.00 has so far been awarded to a range of exciting Trent Vale community projects:

  • £1,900 to Gainsborough Heritage and Tourism Group towards the installation of a specially-commissioned piece of artwork illustrating the local birdlife of the Trent Vale. This artwork will be installed as part of the Gainsborough Town Centre Improvement Plan.
  • Up to £2,000 to Marton and Gate Burton Parish Council towards an all weather information board promoting walks around the parishes.
  • Up to £2,000 to Knaith and Marton Community Gardening Scheme to develop community garden plots under a land-share scheme.
  • £1,812 to Norwell CE School for a series of workshops about the local tradition of willow growing and utilisation. The final stage will be the construction of a willow dome in the school grounds.

    TVLP community grant funding is increasing the number of barn owl boxes in the Trent Vale. Photograph courtesy of Andrew Parsons

    TVLP community grant funding is increasing the number of barn owl boxes in the Trent Vale. Photograph courtesy of Andrew Parsons

  • 1,950 to the Barn Owl Species Recovery Project to increase the number of barn owl nesting boxes in the Trent Vale and to support annual monitoring and maintenance.

We are also working with local farmers in the Trent Vale to fund and support projects that enhance habitats and encourage biodiversity. To find out more about our community grants contact helen.keating@britishwaterways.co.uk.

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We are now running a small Grant Scheme for both Community Groups and Landowners. Grants of up to £2000 are available for a wide variety of projects that conserve and enhance the Trent Vale and brings together its communities.  For more information please contact helen.keating@britishwaterways.co.uk.

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