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Latest news - The Restoration of Chedham’s Yard gains momentum

New appointments for Chedham’s Yard

Recently, the Parish Council appointed Border Oak as the named subcontractor responsible for the design, supply and erection of the timber visitor’s building for the north end of the site.

We also welcome Emma Banks to the post of Heritage Project Officer for the next three years.  Emma’s job will be to organise the management of the yard once it is open, including recruiting and training of volunteers, involving the wider community, marketing the yard, overseeing the displays and interpretation, arranging publicity and organising events.  Emma writes:

“Let me introduce myself, my name is Emma Banks, I am the new Heritage Project Officer for Chedham’s Yard. I will be coming to Wellesbourne in May after working as Heritage & Learning Manager at Saint Nicolas Place in Kings Norton, Birmingham. Saint Nicolas Place was also a winner of the BBC 2 Restoration programme in 2004.
I am originally from Birmingham but spent four years away at university. Firstly at Cardiff University where I did a History degree and then a year in Nottingham completing a Masters in Museum & Heritage Management. I have also previously worked at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and The Black Country Living Museum.
In my spare time I enjoy going to music festivals such as Glastonbury and getting away to the countryside. There is nothing quite like a walk in the fresh air (and of course the tea & cake at the end of the day!)”  

Progress report

In March the Parish Council finalised the agreement with the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund Stage 2 of the Project.   HLF will be providing up to £780,000 and BBC Restoration will provide another £160,000.  

With this agreement in place, work has started in earnest on the detailed planning of the project.  The architects, Brownhill Hayward and Brown, have been visiting the yard regularly to finalise the details of the work required on the existing buildings and, at the end of April, presented their final drawings to the Parish Council.

At the same time, work is ongoing to plan the details of the new building, including the heating system, electrical and plumbing requirements.  A significant element of the planning is to use sustainable technology wherever practical, so it is planned to install solar panels on the roof to the wheelwrights building to generate electricity, a ground source heat pump to provide heating and to install two composting toilets rather than have mains drainage.

Visit by Restoration Trustees

In May, the members of the BBC Restoration Trust held their regular meeting in Wellesbourne.  Whilst they were here, they were taken to see the work being done by the Friends on the artefacts, and made a short visit to the yard itself.