Lancashire Delight at £10,000 Lotto Award

Published on: May 30th 2023

Lancashire-based Charitable Trust Hyndburn Leisure is celebrating after being awarded £10,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The money has been awarded following Clayton Community Centre’s bid to turn Clayton-le-Moors untold community history into a permanent exhibition for the whole town to enjoy.   

Ian Hodgson, Community Activator at Hyndburn Leisure, said: “We know that Clayton-le-Moors has a rich industrial and cultural heritage and a really distinctive community feel. We’re delighted that the National Lottery Heritage fund has recognised this and awarded us £10,000 to collate and display our local history – mainly through photographs – in the heart of our locality.

“We’re appealing to local people to come forward with their personal memories, stories and pictures of Clayton’s past – covering everything from the buildings, canal and industry through to sport, shops, education and people. We’re looking at 14 different themes in total, so there’s certainly something for everyone.”

Clayton-le-Moors has been home to many historical buildings, people of note and fascinating stories, and is often described as the cradle of the Victorian industrial revolution. The aim of the 18-month-long project will be to recall, record and recognise some of what has happened in the Lancashire town over the years and enhance local people’s sense of place and identity. 

The exhibition will be shaped by the community and organisers are looking for more volunteers to join the planning workshops.

“This is a great opportunity for people of all ages to work together, share stories, unearth and record memories and consolidate the deep sense of pride we feel about Clayton-le-Moors,” said Lyndsey Sims, Chief Executive of Hyndburn Leisure. “And the whole community will benefit from a dedicated, professional free-of-charge exhibition at Clayton Community Centre as a result.”