Selby Abbey secures National Lottery funding

Selby Abbey, working in partnership with Selby District Council, has secured a grant of £45,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to employ a part time Community Engagement Co-ordinator on a two year contract.

Working alongside the skills and understanding of the Abbey’s existing team and building on the activities surrounding the Abbey’s 950th Anniversary,  the co-ordinator will explore how best the Abbey can maximise its reach to existing, potential and new audiences, establishing a long term resilient heritage offer within Selby Abbey.

Selby Abbey was founded in 1069 and is a Grade 1 listed building. It is one of England’s great monastic churches built in what is now the heart of Selby Town Centre. It is an integral part of Selby’s rich heritage, a significant community asset and visitor destination as well as a place of worship and pilgrimage for 950 years. The Abbey plays a fundamental role in the life of Selby town and district.

Commenting on the National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, Canon John Weetman, Vicar of Selby Abbey, said, “This grant will enable us to explore and test ideas for new ways in which we can welcome and involve residents and businesses from the local area and visitors from further afield to enjoy all that Selby Abbey has to offer. The hope is that this will create a stronger and more stable legacy not just for the Abbey but also for Selby Town and District as we look to the future.  We are delighted to be working alongside Selby District Council in this project and to receive this generous support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.”

Dave Caulfield, Director of Economic Regeneration & Place at Selby District Council added, “We are delighted to secure this National Lottery Heritage Funding which will really help the Abbey to further strengthen its pivotal community role in the life of Selby Town and the wider district.”

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