Major step forward for Tavistock Heritage Trust

By Contributor in Community News

TAVISTOCK Heritage Trust — recently formed to take on the dual role of promoting the heritage of Tavistock and managing the mining World Heritage Gateway to be based in the former Guildhall in the centre of the town — is about to take another major step forward.

The trust is in the process of becoming a charity and it is in need of people from a variety of backgrounds with varied skills to join the team as trustees.

Sue Spackman, the current chair of the trust, said: ‘We have been working towards setting the trust up as a charity and are pleased to be able to say that it is now a registered company, with the process of becoming a charity underway.’

The Trust is linked in with Tavistock Heritage, which was formed several years ago to bring together the community groups who have a keen interest in the local heritage and is also working with Tavistock Town Council as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund stage 2 bid to restore the Grade II* Listed Tavistock Guildhall complex and create the East Cornwall and West Devon Mining World Heritage Gateway Centre. The centre will include an exhibition covering the history of the area from the age of the abbey up to the time the town was famous for mining.

Sue Spackman added: ‘This is an exciting project and will be important not only for our heritage and the future of the Guildhall building, but for education and for bringing the area alive for our visitors and tourists. To ensure that we have the best outcome we are looking for new trustees with a range of skills from education to business and marketing. We would like to see people from all age groups and all walks of life put their names forward for consideration and we are asking anyone who is interested to make contact and we will send out the information.’

Details of the trust and what is involved are available by emailing Sue Spackman on suespack@243whit. eclipse.co.uk or by calling 01822 615221. There is a closing date of May 15 for receipt of trustee applications.

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