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Newsletter: November 2016
This the first of a new series of regular newsletters which will keep you up-to-date and informed about everything that is going on at The Chamberlain Highbury Trust.  We look forward to keeping you informed of our plans, events and news. If you have any questions or wish to get in touch, please contact Rachel Wassall on 
Heritage Lottery Fund Bid
The initial aim of The Chamberlain Highbury Trust is to undertake a major repair and restoration of the house and its grounds. We hope to achieve this with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of just under £5 million. Applying for a grant of this size involves two stages.
In Stage 1 we submit an outline of what we intend to do, supported by specialist studies which demonstrate the viability of the project. The process of preparing our Stage 1 application is underway, and Jeremy Stone, an experienced Project Manager from Greenwoods, is taking this forward. We intend to submit our application in March 2017, and will know in June whether we have been successful. The HLF will then invite us to prepare the more detailed Stage 2 application.
If we were successful in a Stage 2 application, the restoration work would start in the Spring of 2019. This may sound a long way off, but it will take a lot of work to get there, as well as a lot of fundraising to provide the ‘match funding’ necessary for a successful HLF bid.
A successful Heritage Open Day
Our first Heritage Open Day in September was a big success, with around 900 visitors. Thanks to everybody who contributed. We’ve held a ‘feedback’ session with contributors, looking at what worked well and not so well, and how we could improve things in future years.
The Chamberlain Highbury Trust is now a charitable company
Back in March we were registered at Companies House as a ‘company limited by guarantee’ and in October we were very pleased to be registered as a charity with the Charity Commission.  Getting our formal structure and governance sorted out is a major step towards achieving the aims of the Trust. 
A fond farewell to Simon Buteux
The idea for the creation of an independent trust to provide a better future for Highbury arose from an ‘options appraisal’ carried out by Birmingham Conservation Trust. Birmingham Conservation Trust’s Director, Simon Buteux, was then commissioned to put the idea into action and co-ordinate the creation of the new trust, which became The Chamberlain Highbury Trust.
Simon has been supporting The Chamberlain Highbury Trust administratively and in other ways since our origins in 2015. However, in November Simon moved onto a new job with Historic England, and although we are sorry to see him go, we are delighted to welcome Rachel Wassall as our new administrator.  Rachel may be known to some of you as the coordinator of Birmingham Heritage Week.

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