“Father of Reform” Saved Thanks to Local Community

A memorial to Major John Cartwright in a Finchley churchyard has been restored thanks to funding from Historic England and donations from the local community. Known as the ‘Father of Reform’, Major Cartwright championed universal suffrage and the introduction of secret ballots. The Grade II listed obelisk sits in the grounds of St Mary’s Church…

CLA: Importance of Agricultural Land “Cannot be Ignored”

In response to the Environment Agency’s draft National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy, the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) [Alliance member] have urged the Government to consider the strategic importance of land when it comes to the introduction of new measures to protect areas at risk of flooding in England. In its response, the…

Kickstarting the Grimsby Regeneration Project

Having awarded an extra £3.75 million to kickstart the regeneration plans, the Government has announced the next phase of the Grimsby Town Deal which was launched in July 2018. This investment was a joint effort by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and Jake Berry MP, and will…

Jerwood’s New Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit for Arts Employers

Jerwood Arts and Bridge Group have worked together to create a Toolkit that looks “to support long-term change across the arts sector by sharing knowledge, facilitating expert support, and encouraging take up of an inter-sectional approach to equality, diversity and inclusion.” The Toolkit features case studies from a variety of arts employers and was created through learning…

Meet the First Three Fellows at West Dean College of Arts

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation [Alliance member] have announced that they have introduced three Fellowships at the College for the first time. Active supporters of the College and distinguished within their sphere, Jonathan Ashley-Smith, Rebecca Salter RA and Dawn Ades OBE were announced as the first three Fellows at West Dean College of…

Building the Future

On 20 June, Historic England released its new Corporate Plan for 2019-22. Outlining Historic England’s six main priorities, the Corporate Plan provides a high-level summary about how they distribute their resources, including staff and direct costs such as grants. As Historic England states “The new Corporate Plan is the high-level summary of our focus on…

New Body Set to ‘Tackle Social Injustices’

On 12 July, the Prime Minister announced a new independent body, which will be charged with challenging social injustices to create a “fairer country”. The Office for Tackling Injustices, OfTI for short, will aim to provide future Governments with more effective, data-driven, evidence-based challenges to help drive forward reforms to tackle a large variety of…

Growing Lives: New Grants Programme From All Churches Trust

The All Churches Trust [Alliance member], have launched a new grants program called Growing Lives. By supporting churches and Christian organisations, the grants aim to encourage church growth and improve lives by supporting children and young people within their communities. Applications are still open, with grants of up to £25,000 available. For more information about…