Lottery funding for village project

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A local history society is celebrating after being awarded a £4,500 grant to develop a database of historical information on the village.

Stoke-by-Nayland Local History Society is one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund sharing heritage grant.

The project – collating, preserving and sharing the documented and oral history of Stoke-by-Nayland – is led by the village’s Local History Society.

It will use the money to buy key equipment and to develop a database to collate and retain local historical information which will then be made available to people.

Society chairman Richard Channon said: “It’s great news to hear we have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to get started. The village is a strong community with a long and exceptionally interesting history.

“We have already identified a wealth of fascinating, historic village information but it needs to be properly collated and identified.

“We are all really excited about doing this and sharing our heritage and history with other people.”

Sharing heritage is a new funding programme to help people across the UK explore, conserve and share all aspects of the history and character of their local area.

Stoke-by-Nayland Local History Society aims to research the history of the parish of Stoke-by-Nayland and identify as much historical information as possible relating to people, places and events to both properly identify and secure it, but most importantly to share it with residents.