UK Lottery Draw Supports the Heritage Motor Centre

 
 
The UK lottery draw raises money for a number of good causes around the country, some small and some much larger. One of the most spectacular of course was the 2012 London Olympics but another very obvious recipient is to be found just south of the M40 motorway at Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Set in 65 acres of well-tended parkland next to the elegant Aston Martin headquarters and the Jaguar/Land Rover Design and Engineering Centre, the Heritage Motor Centre houses a professional conference centre as well as nearly 300 exhibits tracing the development of the British car industry over more than 100 years.
 

Display of Race and Rally Cars at the Heritage Motor Centre Supported by UK Lottery Draw

 

The centre opened in 1993, combining the collections previously held at Studley, Warwickshire and Syon Park, London, much of it the property of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. This trust was created in 1986, supported by British Leyland (later Rover), inheriting in it’s turn vehicles and archives held by Leyland Historic Vehicles (set up in 1975) and BL Heritage Ltd. (1979).

The new centre is owned by a charitable trust and was built in a stunning Art Deco style, which provides a dramatic view to visitors as they arrive.

In 2006 the centre was redeveloped with the help of a £1.3 million grant from the UK lottery draw. After five months, the new centre was opened by the Princess Royal.

But don’t get the idea the UK lottery draw was supporting a static and musty museum. There is always something going on at the Heritage Motor Centre. There are regular meetings of enthusiasts in the large car parks outside the centre and those who arrive in a classic car pay a reduced entry fee; the day after I visited owners of Morris Minor Travellers were meeting at the site. At other times there are classic vehicle shows and rallies as well as shows covering other areas such as toys, model railways and even model aircraft.

The centre hosts specific exhibitions too: at present there is a display celebrating 100 years of Aston Martin cars.

As you arrive at the site you realize there is a lot going on: behind the Heritage Motor Centre is the banked Jaguar/Land Rover test track and you can hear powerful cars going through their paces. There is an extensive restoration and maintenance workshop in the building where five technicians look after the exhibits and prepare them for the many exhibitions and rallies they attend as well as for the Centre’s own displays.

For an extra fee, visitors can also book a demonstration ride in a Land Rover or pilot a four-wheel drive vehicle around the off-road course on site. Twice a day there is a guided tour of the centre and a restaurant, extensive conference facilities and even a wedding venue are available for use.

In 2008, the centre’s archive store was updated too. This area contains some 1 million documents, photographs and films related to the British car industry over the last 100 years. In 2005, the UK lottery draw provided money for the purchase of the Nick Baldwin collection of important archive material.

But it doesn’t even stop there: the Heritage Motor Centre owns some 300 significant vehicles with only around 180 on display at any one time. There are plans in place for an extra building to house the cars not normally on display as well as a new workshop facility and the UK lottery draw has already provided money for the planning stage. Hopefully the UK lottery draw will be closely involved in all stages of the development.

The UK lottery draw gets involved in many fascinating and deserving projects and the Heritage Motor Centre is certainly one to make players of the UK lottery draw proud. Why not pay the centre a visit, talk to the friendly staff and volunteers and know you are supporting one of the most interesting and significant museums?

If you want to find out more about the Heritage Motor Centre, visit their website.
 

 

The British National Lottery Anniversary Run

 
 

View of Inside of London Olympic Stadium

 
It hardly seems possible but it is nearly one year since the London Olympics, supported by the British National Lottery, took place. To mark the anniversary, there will be a series of athletic events at the end of July this year.

On 21 July however the first of the events after the Olympics will be a 5-mile anniversary run to celebrate the continued involvement of the British National Lottery in British sport.

The National Lottery Anniversary Run route explores the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before ending in the Olympic Stadium itself. This enables ordinary ‘hobby’ runners to experience crossing the finish line in what is now a famous sporting venue. Each runner has the opportunity to bring two members of their family or friends to cheer them across the line.

Children have an opportunity to take part too with a shorter family friendly course available.

The winner of six gold medals, Sir Chris Hoy will start the run on the 21st July and has already said he will be available to encourage the 10 000 runners around the course. He said, “I know how crucial the National Lottery’s support was throughout my career and I am looking forward to being able to play my part in what promises to be a memorable day.”

There will be a number of sports stars and celebrities running too to mark the support of sporting projects by the British National Lottery. The lottery has so far invested a total of £4 billion in this area, £2.2 billion towards the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games alone.

But the Anniversary Run also commemorates the ongoing involvement of the British National Lottery in funding more than 1300 athletes as they prepare for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The 2013 Anniversary Run clearly demonstrates that the London 2012 Olympics were not the end of sports funding from the British National Lottery.

Discover more about the 2013 National Lottery Anniversary Run on the dedicated website.
 

 
 

The UK Lottery Draw Helps Make Us Healthy

 
 

Mother and Son Trying Yoga at Organized Outside Event

 
The money from the British National Lottery and the Euromillions prize draw has been shared with some pretty good causes over the 20 or so years they have been running in their present guise.

One of the biggest recipients of this money is the field of health. In March this year the Big Lottery fund announced a further donation of £40 million to a health-related project. This means that over the last five years no less than £1 billion has passed to health and well-being projects from the coffers of the UK lottery draw.

The latest funding is in response to research undertaken by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), published in the Lancet, which shows Britain lagging behind other European countries with regards to sickness, health and life expectancy.

Overall the study did find that health has improved since 1990, but other countries have performed significantly better. Mortality rates have actually worsened specifically for men aged between 30-34 years old and for all men and women between 20 – 54 years old. Over all groups, the cases of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, cirrhosis and drug use disorders (among others) have increased. Tobacco, substance abuse and a high body-mass index were noted problems. It was felt diet and inactivity were also major contributors to the number of people disabled by illness.

The money from the UK lottery draw supports initiatives that combat these problems. The ‘Well-being’ fund looks to improve physical activity, improve our diet and tackle mental health issues.

The National Lottery Good Causes body also undertook their own study through YouGov Plc. They found that 45% of people in the United Kingdom felt they did not have the time to worry about their health. 38% also felt money prevented them from improving their lives.

The Chair of the Big Lottery fund in England, Nat Stone, said: “Our £40 million comes at a crucial time as recent research highlights cost is a barrier for many people when it comes to their health and well-being. It will build on a range of free initiatives that we have funded in the last five years which target people in deprived communities and have been proven to work well. It will directly help hundreds of thousands to lead a healthier lifestyle and become more active.”

It is good to know that money from the British National Lottery and Euromillions prize draw is being put to such a healthy use.
 
 

UK Lottery Draw Money Helps Preserve Our Maritime Heritage

 
 

SS Shieldhall Tied Up In Port And Welcoming Visitors

 
In these times of financial restraint, charities and good causes find it harder to get money to continue their good work. At the same time more people than ever are playing the British National Lottery and Euromillions prize draw in the hope that they will win a prize that would remove their monetary worries.

Fortunately around 28% of the money received by the two lotteries is used to fund worthwhile projects around the United Kingdom. This means the players of the British National Lottery and Euromillions prize draw are helping cash-strapped charities.

A group of enthusiasts in Southampton have just received one such award. For a number of years, the steamship SS Shieldhall has been carefully tended by a group of enthusiasts but modern standards have meant an extra burden on their finances and the real possibility that the ship might have ended up in the scrapyard.

In June 2012, the Heritage Lottery Fund provided £143,600 as a contribution towards a full inspection in a dry dock in Falmouth to identify any problems with the Shieldhall. This was given following a busy period for the volunteers of Solent Steam Packet Limited, the company responsible for the ship, which participated in the celebrations surrounding the Cunard Jubilee celebrations and in the Titanic anniversary commemorations.

Hard work by volunteers was rewarded again on 2 April 2013 when the Heritage Lottery Fund announced it’s support of a 3-year project, ‘Saving Shieldhall – Learning Through Conservation in Action.’ The funding for the scheme now totals £1.4 million and enables a programme of major repairs and modifications.

Once the money from the British National Lottery has enabled the completion of the work, SS Shieldhall will be the focus of a wide range of community activities. Not only will the ship be used for passenger trips but she will also provide opportunities for apprentices and other young people to learn about maintaining and running shipping.

Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre is even ready to work on arts projects connected to the vessel.

Although built to a classic 1930’s design, Shieldhall was first launched on the Clyde in 1955. Her first role was as a sewage vessel, carrying treated sludge out to sea, and running pleasure cruises during the summer months. After ownership by Glasgow Corporation, Southern Water bought the ship before she was retired in 1985. The preservation charity then purchased her in 1988. She is a prime example of ship engineering common during the end of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century.

The British National Lottery money will enable many more people to learn about their maritime and engineering heritage. Perhaps SS Shieldhall will also fire the enthusiasm of a new generation for a career on the water.

Find out more about SS Shieldhall on the dedicated website.
 
 

How To Get Your Project Funded By The UK Lottery Draw

 
 

Villagers Celebrate After Saving Their Pub With Lottery Money

 
When you play the British National lottery or the Euromillions prize draw it can be easy to forget that your money will go towards good causes around the United Kingdom.

To date around £29 billion has been paid to deserving projects by Camelot, the administrators of the UK lottery draw. The causes supported cover a wide range from arts bodies, the Olympic Games, athletes, conservation groups, education initiatives, health issues and heritage projects in all corners of the country. Recipients range from large national organisations to a few people trying to save a community asset.

Up to this month around 28% of lottery money has been allocated for good causes. Of the rest 50% has been paid out in prizes, 12% as lottery duty, operating costs 4% and around 5-6% as commission for retailers.

So what happens if you have a project you think might be eligible for UK lottery draw funding?

The first step is to carefully define exactly what it is you want to do. You will need to understand the unmet want you intend to satisfy. This may come from your own observations but should also involve discussions and research with other people in order to get a full picture of what is needed. Make sure another body or a public initiative is not already meeting the need.

Down a detailed plan of your project. You will be asked about the need for the project and so you should include evidence that the scheme would be worthwhile. The plan should show how people or the environment would benefit and what exactly you want to achieve with the project.

There are some useful resources to help you on the Big Lottery Fund website.

Once you have an idea of what exactly you want to do, then you will need to get some idea of the costs. This will vary from project to project so it is worth asking all those to be involved. Understand exactly what would be needed to achieve your goals and consult with the people you would work with (such as service providers or builders) and ask for their estimates.

The distributors of the UK lottery money will be happy to help with your application.

There are several ways to apply but, if you are not sure where to begin, you might try the National Lottery funding finder.

Whatever the project you want the British National Lottery to finance we wish you the very best of luck with it. Hopefully we will soon be reporting your success here on UKLotteryDraw.com.
 
 

How The UK Lottery Draw Helps Us Discover Our Past

 
 

Man Finding Something At An Archaeological Dig

 
In recent years there has been something of a resurgence in finding our roots and discovering our heritage. The British National Lottery has been able to help do this.

The BBC programme ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ lead the way and has lead to a series of live events and imitation programmes on other channels and around the world. Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ has added to the interest and the Internet offers various websites dedicated to the tracing of family trees and our own past.

2012 lead to a wave of national pride in Britain particularly with the Diamond Jubilee, the London Olympics and Paralympics and even the success of the latest James Bond film, ‘Skyfall.’

To add to the interest, one of the distributors of funds from the Euromillons prize draw and the British National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund, ran a programme called ‘All Our Stories’ during last summer.

The idea was to provide money for communities to find out more about and celebrate their heritage. The programme was designed to support another BBC programme, ‘The Great British Story – A People’s History,’ presented by Michael Wood.

Projects to be funded through the scheme and from the UK lottery draw were to include a wide range of activities. Conservation, voluntary work, community involvement, buying land and items of historical importance and even digital resources were considered.

One of the first groups to benefit from the money offered by the British National Lottery was the Meldreth History Group in Cambridgeshire. The small village of Meldreth has around 1600 inhabitants and a history going back to Saxon times and beyond.

The history group received £7100 to create a History of Meldreth, which will include the digging of twenty to thirty test pits around the village so that members can understand more about the origins and history of the community.

Help not comes from the UK lottery draw but also from historians and archaeologists from the University of Cambridge, including former television history presenter, Dr Carenza Lewis.

The history group hope to draw in all the villagers, from all age groups, to share the excitement of the project and whatever they might find. Enthusiasm is further fuelled by the knowledge that a 19th century dig discovered a collection of Bronze Age artifacts in the village.

We watch the activities in Meldreth with interest and hope the money from the UK lottery draw will lead to some fascinating finds.

You can find out more about the project at the Meldreth History Group website.
 
 

UK Lottery Draw: A Christmas Get Together For Hannah And Eureka!

 
 

Young Girl Girl Enjoying The Exhibits At A Childrens Museum

 
The UK lottery draw has funded many good causes since its inception in 1994. It has paid out more than £29 billion through 13 distributing funds so it should come as no surprise that occasionally recipients are used to provide publicity for the good the National Lottery does.

On 20 December 2012 one of the 1200 athletes who received National Lottery funding and subsequently did the country proud at the Paralympics met children at a museum that has also received lottery funding. Hannah Cockroft took her two gold medals won at London 2012 to the Eureka! National Children’s Museum in her hometown of Halifax.

Eureka! has received nearly £600,000 from UK lottery draw funds and inspires a wide range of children with exhibits designed to fire the imagination through experiments, play and fun.

20 year-old Hannah lead children in a Santa singsong, saying “National Lottery funding has changed my life by helping me fulfill my sporting potential.”

A Director of Eureka!, Michelle Emerson said “Hannah is an inspiration to us all; she shows what can be achieved through hard work and dedication. National Lottery funding has helped Hannah and Eureka! become so successful. National Lottery players should be proud of the difference their funding is making.”

When you next buy your UK lottery draw tickets, remember how much good your money is doing.

Find out more about National Lottery Causes at their website.
 
 

UK Lottery Draw: Supporting Beautiful Durlston


 

By playing the British National Lottery, players are supporting some important and deserving projects. In 2008 the Durlston Castle Project successfully applied for a grant of £3.23 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money from the UK lottery draw was earmarked for improvements to the castle including new kitchens, alarms, exhibitions, displays and improved access to the site. The improved building, leased by Dorset County Council, was finally opened to the public on Friday 18 November 2011 with displays by local artists and about the environment and history of Durlston. Part of the transformation funded by the UK lottery draw included a new restaurant and cafe already popular with residents and visitors alike.

Durlston Castle is at the centre of the Durlston Country Park and Nature Reserve to be found just one mile from the thriving seaside town of Swanage. The area includes an amazing array of cliffs, downland, hedgerows and woodland and access to the park is encouraged with Durlston castle as the focal point and visitor centre.

The park is based on a private estate created by construction magnate George Burt, who was largely responsible for some interesting buildings in his native town of Swanage, as manager and partner of the large Mowlem construction company. He used architectural features sourced and shipped from projects in London.

Burt lived in a large house, Purbeck House (now a hotel), in the centre of the town, and intended Durlston Castle as the centre of a new suburb of Durlston. The development did not happen but the castle was built (between 1887 and 1891) and much of the land turned instead into the country park seen today.

In a time when politicians threaten to destroy green areas through development, it is refreshing to see the UK lottery draw helping to maintain areas like Durlston Castle and Country Park for the enjoyment of all.

Discover more about Durlston Park at the Durlston.co.uk website.

Lottery Latest News: Funding The Athletes



With the excitement of the Olympics still bubbling and the Paralympics about to start, thought is being given to how the athletes are funded and the future. The British National Lottery and Euromillions prize draw are both important to this.

Katherine Grainger won a Gold medal in the recent London 2012 Olympics rowing after achieving three Silver medals in previous Olympic Games to add to her six world championship titles. She agrees none of this could have been possible without the support of the British National Lottery.

She started training in 1997, just as the British National Lottery funding began but knows athletes who had to work a job or get into debt in order to finance their sport. Now Katherine and others can concentrate full time on their rowing and can get grants for the equipment, support and training they need to ensure they can properly represent their country.

Sir Chris Hoy started training in 1994 and had to pay for his own training and provide his own bicycle to train in the local velodrome. When the British National Lottery started funding cycle sports, the standard leaped enormously. Over the last few days Chris has shown the money he has received has not been wasted as he won his sixth Olympic gold medal in London to add to his 11 World Championship golds and innumerable other medals.

Both Chris Hoy and Katherine Grainger have been vocal in asking for funding to be maintained for sports after the Olympics and it looks like both the British National Lottery and the Government is responding.

Of his sport, Chris Hoy told the Daily Express newspaper: “Cycling is one of the key beneficiaries of Lottery funding, allowing it to bring in top-class coaches and buy the best equipment. The result? Eight golds in Beijing and another eight in London.”

Who knows what our lottery pounds will pay for in Rio de Janeiro in 2016?

UK Lottery Draw: The Man With The Golden Gun

All the hard work related to the run up to the 2012 London Olympics is now paying off. The players of the British National Lottery can also feel a little proud as their money has go towards so much of the Games. But the UK lottery draw has not only financed the infrastructure of the Olympics but has also been instrumental in getting many of the athletes to the events.

On 2 August 2012, a rush of medals broke a nervous time for British athletes. One of these was a gold medal for a 25-year-old Peter Wilson in the double trap shooting. Immediately after the event, a BBC journalist interviewed Peter and he thanked both the British National Lottery and Sheik Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Hasher Al Maktoum for their support.

Sheik Maktoum won a Gold medal in the Athens Olympics and started to coach Peter in 2009. Interestingly, Peter, a farmer’s son from Sherborne in Dorset, approached Sheik Maktoum at a competition and asked him to become his coach. The training was mostly done over the telephone with Peter flying out to Dubai a few times each year. To give himself an income, Peter also worked as a waiter.

Peter says, “It’s as if Prince William was teaching me to fly a helicopter.’ Although his coach is from a royal family, the formalities were dropped between the two and Peter impressed the Sheik with his dedication and willingness to follow instructions in detail.

The Sheik was in the stands watching his protégé shoot in the final and was probably the more nervous of the two. Peter? He was thinking about table tennis. Apparently he is enjoying that sport as well now…