The Folly in Settle Receives £200,000 Grant

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The Folly Funding Grant

A recent fundraising appeal by The Folly, Settle’s only Grade I listed building has been met in style. The appeal was set up to help with reopening and repair costs caused by storms during lockdown caused damage to the building’s 350-year-old roof. And a nice £204,600 Heritage Emergency Fund grant has now been received.

Awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the grant will provide support for the heritage sector in response to Covid-19. Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes. And that includes heritage of local and national importance. By playing The National Lottery, people up and down the country are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combatting the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the UK.

The Folly Funding Grant

“Our first priority has to be the care of our buildings”

The Trustees of the North Craven Building Preservation Trust, who own and care for The Folly, along with the Grade II listed Zion Chapel, have welcomed the news.

Chair Heather Lane, said: “As a building preservation trust, our first priority has to be the care of our buildings. And without this grant both the Museum and the Folly Coffee House were at risk of closure. Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we’re now able to repair the roof and iconic windows at The Folly”

“The award also enables us to build a new, easier to manage kitchen. With worries about funding for repair costs lifted, we can concentrate on our other objective: to preserve and care for the Museum of North Craven Life and make its important local history resources accessible to everyone.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live. Supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.

The Folly Funding Grant

“New exhibiton”

Mr Kerslake added: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as the North Craven Building Preservation Trust during this uncertain time.”

The Folly Museum and Coffee House have reopened to the general public with new social distancing guidelines in place. All tables are 2m apart and hand sanitiser is provided on every table. A one-way system directs visitors through the Coffee House and Museum, to allow everyone to keep a safe distance. And masks are required everywhere in the building except while eating.

Caitlin Greenwood, the Heritage Development Officer, added “We plan to start the building works right away. Which means that The Folly will be covered in scaffolding from October to January. However, we will still be open and will be installing a new exhibition about Tom Faulkner, a local photographer of mid-20th century Settle, with our partners at Settle Stories. We have a one-way system through the Museum and visitors over the age of 11 are asked to wear masks. Hand sanitiser is provided on all floors of the building. Our children’s activity packs are still available as we quarantine them for 72 hours after use”

The new exhibition will include work by photography A-level students from QES high school. They’ll explore what heritage and photography mean to them, alongside Tom’s photographs of the 1953 Coronation Pageant.

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