Oakham Castle’s £2m restoration bid moves forward

From left, Heritage Lottery Fund head of region Vanessa Harbar, vice chairman of the friends Lawrence Fenelon, Rutland County Council leader Coun Roger Begy, places operational director Victoria Brambini and Heritage Lottery Fund senior grants officer Kally Barot.
From left, Heritage Lottery Fund head of region Vanessa Harbar, vice chairman of the friends Lawrence Fenelon, Rutland County Council leader Coun Roger Begy, places operational director Victoria Brambini and Heritage Lottery Fund senior grants officer Kally Barot.
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Work has started on the final stage of a council’s £2m bid to restore Oakham Castle after a visit from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Representatives from the fund have been at the castle to give Rutland County Council their advice and expertise on how to carry out work on the building and its surroundings.

After receiving initial approval earlier this year, a final application for the funds will be submitted by Rutland County Council in October, with a decision expected back from the Heritage Lottery Fund early next year.

If approved, the funding will be used to carry out extensive work throughout the castle, offer an enhanced events programme, as well as more regular re-enactments and living history.

Rutland County Council leader Roger Begy (Con) said: “We were delighted to welcome colleagues from the Heritage Lottery Fund to Oakham Castle and as always found their expertise and advice to be invaluable.

“A lot of hard work is now taking place in advance of our final bid being submitted later this year.”

“The project is not just about preserving the past, but also looking to the future and how best we can encourage people to visit this fantastic tourist attraction.”

For more information about the project, visit www.rutland.gov.uk/castle