Bletchley Park to receive Heritage Lottery Fund development grant

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 29 September 2009 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Historians agree that Bletchley Park, top secret codebreaking hub of World War Two, shortened the war by two years saving countless lives. Since 1994, it has been open to the public as a museum. Interest in the site continues to grow with visitor numbers almost doubling from 50,000 a year three years ago to approaching 100,000 this year. Bletchley Park Trust has a thriving educational programme and last year over 6,000 schoolchildren visited the museum. Post-war very little was done to Bletchley Park in the way of maintenance or repairs and the buildings on the site had fallen into a critical condition. English Heritage and Milton Keynes Council recently announced investment of £930,000 to deal with this and restoration work is well underway.The plans that Bletchley Park Trust is seeking HLF support for are to transform the current museum into a world-class heritage and educational site reflecting the profound significance of the impact its work had on the outcome of war and as a permanent tribute to its unsung intellectual warriors.Carole Souter, Chief Executive of Heritage Lottery Fund, said “Bletchley Park is an extraordinary part of the UK’s heritage. The Heritage Lottery Fund’s initial support for the Trust’s restoration plans demonstrates our belief that Bletchley’s story should be much more widely known and appreciated. We also recognise the importance of preserving the site as a tribute to the men and women who worked there with quiet and tireless dedication during World War Two. Without their dedication, our nation’s history might have been a very different one.”Welcoming the award, Simon Greenish, Director of the Bletchley Park Trust, said “The support offered by HLF is a landmark event for the Trust in our quest to provide a permanent future for Bletchley Park that will enable us to work up detailed plans for the education and enjoyment of future generations.“Since 1992, the Trust has fought fiercely, tirelessly and righteously for this victorious moment; not only for the vital investment needed to move our plans forward but also for this definitive endorsement from the UK’s most prestigious heritage funding body that the nation has confidence, belief and advocacy in the Trust and the restoration project. However, this is not the end, nor the beginning of the end but it is perhaps the end of the beginning.“As Churchill said at the end of war in Europe: ‘We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing; but let us not forget for a moment the toil and efforts that lie ahead. We must now devote all our strength and resources to the completion of our task”.”Stephen Fry, British actor and author, said, “The news that Bletchley Park has the initial support of the Heritage Lottery Fund is simply wonderful. And yet, what should the Heritage Lottery Fund do if not exactly this? As each year passes it is becoming clearer and clearer just how vital a role in winning the war Bletchley played.“Three things have become necessary: firstly, an apology to Alan Turing for how the nation he helped preserve turned its back on him and allowed his humiliation, neglect and suicide: secondly, national recognition and citation for all those who contributed to the unique and astonishingly dedicated, imaginative and skilful contribution played there: thirdly the preservation, maintenance and development of the present Bletchley Park house and grounds into a world class site.“The Prime Minister’s apology on behalf of the nation to Alan Turing last month was the first step, the government announcement in July of Commemorative Badges for Bletchley Park veterans was the second and this momentous news of a Heritage Lottery Fund development grant is the third.”– ENDS –Media Contacts:Kelsey Griffin, Director of Museum Operations, Bletchley Park Trust, 01908 272655, 07922 076406 [email protected], www.bletchleypark.org.uk.Caroline Murdoch, Redworks PR, 01869 810 443, [email protected] Owen, HLF Press Office on 020 7591 6036 or 07765 320646.Editor’s Information*A first-round pass means the project meets HLF criteria for funding and they believe it has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money. The application was in competition with other supportable projects, so a first-round pass is an endorsement of outline proposals.However, a first-round pass does not guarantee the applicant will receive a grant as the second-round application will still be in competition for funding, and no money is set aside at this stage. Having been awarded a first-round pass, the project now has up to two years to submit fully developed proposals to compete for a firm award.On occasion an applicant with a first-round pass will also be awarded development funding towards the development of their scheme.Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 28,800 projects, allocating over £4.3billion across the UK. Website:www.hlf.org.ukAdditional Editors’ InformationCost of the Annual Season Ticket for Bletchley Park is: adults: £10, concessions: £8 (Over 60s and students with valid ID card) and £6 (children aged 12 to 16), children under 12 admitted free of charge. Family Ticket: £22.50 (two adults and two children aged 12 to 16). Tickets include a guided tour (subject to availability) and/or the use of an audio tour. Onsite parking is £3 per car.Bletchley Park is open every day except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day:* 1 November to 31 March: weekdays, weekends and Bank Holidays 10.30am – 4.00pm.* 1 April to 31 October: weekdays 9.30am – 5.00pm, weekends and Bank Holidays 10.30am – 5.00pm.www.bletchleypark.org.ukPhoto: marksteelenz on Flickr.com The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has given the green light to the Bletchley Park Trust to work up plans to help transform Bletchley Park into a world class heritage and educational centre it was announced today. Development funding of £460,500 was awarded to help progress their plans. The HLF first-round pass* means that the Bletchley Park Trust can now progress to the second stage of the HLF application process. They have up to two years to submit more detailed plans and apply for approximately £4.1 million of HLF support that they are seeking for their £10 million project. 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‘Double up’ option adds 630 beds to UL accommodation stock

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter University you Limerick campus aerialPhoto: True MediaUNIVERSITY of Limerick has announced a major plan to expand its student on-campus student accommodation to more than 3,400 beds to meet growing demand.A spokesperson said the extra 630 beds would “provide a more affordable option for students”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The University will introduce a new shared accommodation option, in time for the new academic year this coming September.UL President, Dr Des Fitzgerald said: “With the growth in student numbers and following a detailed review of different options and a survey of student requirements, we are planning to develop shared accommodation for students.”He said the existing campus accommodation would be “retrofit as twin rooms rather than single rooms with the upgrade to be completed for next September.“There are six student accommodation villages on the UL campus, and this will add another 630 beds to the 2,850 already available in our on-campus residences,” added Dr Fitzgerald.A UL spokesman said the university has experienced phenomenal growth in the past 12 years, with an almost 50 per cent increase in student numbers from 11,500 to 16,300 in 2019.Michael Foley, Chief Operations Officer at Campus Life Services, which manages UL’s accommodation, said they  encountered significant demand for on campus accommodation last August, which made it particularly challenging for students and parents in the search for accommodation at the beginning of term”.He said the additional beds “will help to address the challenge on supply of accommodation in the short term, but also provides a more affordable cost option for parents with twin room costs ranging from under €3,000 to €4,250 per person which includes utilities and UL Sport membership”.UL’s student residences are let on a commercial basis in the summer months.“We continue to promote to local house owners the tax free option of renting a room to students. This rent a room option can provide up to €14,000 a year to the householder and is becoming popular for households and students. This rent a room sector now provides five per cent of the university’s accommodation requirements and has expanded since it was initially promoted in 2017,” added Mr Foley.Last year UL’s Campus Accommodation was ranked number one in Ireland for both accommodation quality and cost in the ‘I-Graduate’ international student barometer survey. The university also recently completed a €20 million four-year refurbishment programme to raise its on-campus accommodation standards.Rental fees for UL on-campus accommodation include full utility costs (electricity, heating, cable TV and licence, refuse and Wi-Fi) as well as membership of the UL Sports Arena gym and access to free campus residence events as part of the Campus Life programme. LimerickNews‘Double up’ option adds 630 beds to UL accommodation stockBy Editor – January 18, 2020 739 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Email TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostULUniversity of Limerick center_img Previous articleCalls to upgrade Clarina walkwayNext articleWATCH: Billy Holland on that missing link, Munster support and the Ospreys Editor WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Printlast_img read more

Fire deaths on the rise in NJ: eight child victims since…

first_imgDear Editor:How many more families will have to suffer the loss of loved ones due to fire?Tragically, 37 lives have been lost since January, including eight innocent children, in 27 home fires that broke out in single and two-family homes, multi-family homes, townhomes and apartments across New Jersey.The most recent incident was a devastating fire that broke out in a multi-family home in Union City that injured dozens, including firefighters, and claimed the lives of five young children.Our hearts bleed for these families and their community. Nobody should have to suffer this kind of loss due to fire, especially when we have the technology to prevent large fire growth.Unfortunately, none of the homes impacted by deadly fires this year had fire sprinklers.Fire sprinklers are not required in smaller one and two-family residences in New Jersey, unlike about 20 other states in the nation. We are falling behind, which is unacceptable. The time for action is now.The sobering fact is, fire sprinkler systems could have changed the heart-wrenching outcome of the Union City fire and many others. Fire sprinklers can reduce the risk of dying in a fire by 80% and the extent of property damage by 70 percent. When the State legislature returns to session they will have an opportunity to consider a new bill, the “New Home Fire Safety Act,” (A3974 A. Quijano/S2539 T. Ruiz) that would help protect residents by requiring the installation of fire suppression systems in new single and two-family homes during construction.We encourage you to contact your local legislators and let them know that you support initiatives like the “New Home Fire Safety Act” and that New Jersey should join other states that have put fire safety in the forefront to protect their residents. David Kurasz,Executive DirectorThe New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NJFSAB)last_img read more

Rwandan chief of Intelligence Karenzi Karake arrested

first_imgKarenzi Karake (First from the right) is Rwanda’s chief of intelligenceBritish police have arrested Rwanda’s intelligence chief who is wanted on charges of Genocide by Spain.According to Reuters, British police arrested Rwandan Karenzi Karake at the request of Spain, where he is wanted in connection with war crimes.Karenzi entered the UK more than a week ago and is now under arrest in London. Reports say he was arrested by the Metropolitan police at Heathrow on Saturday.Rwanda is said to have expressed it’s displeasure with the move asking why now, since Karenzi has been going to the UK several times.However it is yet to release an official statement about the matter.Reports say he appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court after being detained under a European Arrest Warrant, Scotland Yard confirmed.Karake is currently director general of Rwanda’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), an umbrella spy agency that oversees intelligence gathering in civilian and military spheres.In February 2008 an indictment was issued against 40 commanders loyal to Rwandan President Paul Kagame on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and other offenses committed in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.The charges against Karake stem from his tenure as head of military intelligence after the 1994 genocide.He is expected to appear in court on Thursday.The Spanish court has accused the lieutenant general of ordering large scale, organized massacres of Rwandan civilians throughout a number of Rwandan areas.800,000 Rwandans were killed between April and June 1994 by ethnic Hutu extremists the worst conflict ever witnessed in Rwanda.Most of the dead were members of the minority Tutsi community and moderate Hutus.The killings ended when the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a Tutsi-led rebel movement that entered Rwanda from Uganda, seized control of the country.Gen Karake, who is a member of the RPF, is one of 40 current or former high-ranking Rwandan military officials named on the Spanish indictment.Phillip Gourevitch, a leading writer on Rwanda, told Newsnight that Gen Karake’s arrest was the equivalent of the head of the UK’s MI6 or the US’s CIA being arrested.He said the Spanish indictment against Gen Karake and 39 others had been criticised as highly politicised by many, including US diplomats.last_img read more