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.
 
 

The UK Lottery Draw: Young Golfer Wins £100,000

 
 

Saunton Sands Hotel From The Beach

 
We all get excited every week when the British National Lottery numbers are drawn as we hope we will be the next UK lottery winner and scoop the jackpot. But we tend to forget that some of the lesser prizes can also change lives.

Take the example of Shaun Saunders from Braunton in Devon.

Shaun is a keen amateur golfer and thought his luck was all bad when he recently lost out on a £18,000 Mini as a prize in a Sports Foundation Day at his local club. The car was available for the player who achieved a hole-in-one when Shaun teed off on the 17th. His ball flew straight into the hole – and bounced out again.

That same day however, Shaun, with his wife, Laura, bought a lottery Scratchcard from a convenience store on the way home. They were astonished to find they had won £100,000 from the British National Lottery. “Laura and I were in complete shock when we realised we had won the prize,” Shaun said, “We still are to be honest.”

The disappointment of the golfing loss was soon forgotten and the couple are now planning what to do with the money. They currently live in a flat but are now planning to buy a new house with a garden and entertain their friends.

Shaun works as an Assistant Manager at the Saunton Sands Hotel, where Laura is also the Bar Manager. They met at the hotel and they married there too.

Shaun told reporters, “Things like this don’t happen to people around here very often so we will definitely be making the most of it and celebrating.”

Another happy couple courtesy of the British National Lottery.
 
 

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.
 
 

Latest Lottery News: The National Lottery Is Changing

 
 

Two Pound Coins And Lottery Tickets On Twenty Pound Notes

 
Just under a year ago we reported rumours of changes to the British National Lottery to bring it more in line with the Euromillions lottery.

A press release from Camelot yesterday announces that these changes really are taking place. As we thought the changes are mostly good news, although the downside to all players of the National Lottery is the price of the tickets will go up from £1 to £2 a time.

The other changes are quite complex. Firstly, the jackpots will increase – the average Saturday jackpot will be around £5 million (up from around £4.1 million) and the Wednesday UK lottery draw jackpot will total around £2.5 million. Of course that is before any rollover.

Several of the lesser prizes will increase too. Matching three numbers will bring £25 rather than the previous £10. To be fair, some of the higher prizes will reduce with matching five numbers plus a bonus ball dropping from £100,000 to £50,000 and five numbers attracting £1000 as opposed to the £1500 now available. These are only based on average ticket sales however: if sales are buoyant in a week, then the higher prizes will increase too.

Perhaps the most positive change in the British National Lottery is that it is adopting another Euromillions feature: the raffle. Every ticket will have a raffle number and every lottery draw will produce an additional 50 winners of £20,000 prizes. This is the same as the £1 million given in the Euromillions but it is spread over more players and it is a welcome development.

The changes are scheduled to happen in the autumn of this year and things will stay as they are until then. It will be interesting to see what effect, if any, the changes will have on the British National Lottery.
 
 

The British National Lottery Results For Saturday 27 October 2012

 
 
The results of the UK lottery draw (the Lotto) for last night, Saturday 27 October 2012, were:
 

07 – 14 – 20 – 30 – 33 – 46 Bonus: 27

 
Two lucky players divided the £4,202,718 jackpot – each received £2,101,359.

Another 502,857 players won prizes ranging from £10 to £117,558 – total prize money given out was £8,631,221.

The jackpot for the next UK lottery draw on Wednesday 31 October 2012 is a scary £2,200,000.
 

 

The British National Lottery Results For Wednesday 24 October 2012

 
 
The results of the UK lottery draw (the Lotto) for last night, Wednesday 24 October 2012, were:
 

01 – 10 – 19 – 36 – 47 – 48 Bonus: 11

 
Once again the lottery was generous and produced two winners of the £2,375,918 jackpot – each received £1,187,959.

There were another 257,855 players who won prizes varying from £10 to £104,436. They divided a total prize fund of £4,638,079.

The jackpot of the next UK lottery draw on Saturday 27 October 2012 presently totals £4,000,000.
 
 

The British National Lottery Results For Saturday 20 October 2012

 
 
The results of the UK lottery draw (the Lotto) for last night, Saturday 20 October 2012, were:
 

09 – 10 – 24 – 37 – 39 – 40 Bonus: 36

 
One lucky lottery player won the jackpot of £4,467,060.

There were also another 459,682 players who won lesser prizes ranging from £10 to £274,896.

The jackpot for the next UK lottery draw on Wednesday 24 October 2012 stands at £2,200,000.
 
 

The British National Lottery Results For Saturday 13 October 2012

 
 
The results for the UK lottery draw (the Lotto) for last night, Saturday 13 October 2012, were:
 

14 – 26 – 30 – 32 – 36 – 48 Bonus: 15

 
There was one winner of the £7,105,939 jackpot.

There were a further 462,520 winners of lesser prizes ranging from £10 to £148,215 – total prize money for these was £8,827,858.

The jackpot for the next UK lottery draw on Wednesday 17 October 2012 currently stands at £2,200,000.
 
 

The British National Lottery Results For Wednesday 10 October 2012

 
 
The results of the UK lottery draw (the Lotto) for last night, Wednesday 10 October 2012, were:
 

15 – 19 – 23 – 29 – 30 46 Bonus: 02

 
There was no winner of the £2,288,933 jackpot and the total will roll over to the next draw.

285,522 players did win other prizes however – these ranged from £10 to £70,428 and total money given out was £4,814,092.

The jackpot of the next UK lottery draw, on Saturday 13 October 2012, currently totals £6,400,000.