HLF application November 2013

Date posted: November 16, 2013

A revised “stage one” bid for Heritage Lottery funding has been submitted and a presentation to the funding committee was made in early November 2013. A copy of the proposal can be read here. Please watch the news section for further developments!

Letter re: Skipper Ross

Date posted: August 17, 2009

Interesting letter received by Peter Harrold, August 2009, on Skipper Ross: Dear Mr Harrold, I recently visited Roundhay Park in Leeds which I haven’t done so for some 20 years and at the information centre I noticed the reference to the “Mary Gordon” which stirred up long forgotten memories. My grandfather was Skipper Ross Hendry.Read the Rest…

Letter to the Echo

Date posted: December 17, 2008

(was this one of the boys in the photo) I read with interest about the Mary Gordon Trust. Sorry, I can’t afford to pay for its repair, but I do have lots of nice memories of ‘working’ on it when I was about 14 or so. With Skipper Ross in charge, the Mary Gordon usedRead the Rest…

Heritage Lottery Fund Decision

Date posted: June 10, 2008

Dear Friends I’m afraid we have been unsuccessful in our bid for HLF funding for the Mary Gordon. Our application was declined on grounds of financial viability and the uncertainty over the proposed Heritage Centre on Brayford. However this doesn’t prevent us from re-applying if we can take the Heritage centre plans forward, and thisRead the Rest…

2007 Christmas Update

Date posted: December 30, 2007

Welcome to our December Newsletter. Yesterday I delivered the Heritage Lottery Application to HLF offices in Nottingham. We did submit it in September but we used the wrong form and our HLF case officer, Amanda Turner, suggested we stand back, review it and re-submit. This was very good advice because, even after 8 years work,Read the Rest…

2007 Mid-year Update

Date posted: June 7, 2007

Dear Friends, The project continues to progress well. David Brook architect Glenn Swann and myself visited the highly successful Attenborough visitor centre in Nottingham, an eco-friendly building energy efficient, built on stilts, which David was involved with in a previous life. A smaller version of which could provide an iconic visitor centre on Brayford Pool,Read the Rest…

2006 Christmas Update

Date posted: December 30, 2006

Dear Friends, another year has passed but I am pleased to be able to tell you that we have made significant progress towards our objective of seeing the Mary Gordon once again sailing on Brayford and The Fossdyke. Following the award of a £24,000 grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund earlier in this year aRead the Rest…

Meeting at the Collection

Date posted: May 6, 2006

A meeting was held in the afternoon, 5th May, 2006, at The Collection, to explain and discuss the Trust’s plans and explain the support that the HLF will be looking when an application for full funding is submitted later this year. Conservation, access and development plans will be undertaken by Wyn Davies of Frazer NashRead the Rest…

Heritage Lottery Fund Award

Date posted: May 1, 2006

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a lifeline to the Mary Gordon Trust it was announced today. The award of £23,600 will enable the Trust to embark on a series of planning and consultation programmes which are vital if they are to achieve their aim of restoring the Mary Gordon. The Mary Gordon isRead the Rest…

2005 Christmas Update

Date posted: December 28, 2005

from Peter Harrold Progress continues to be made with the project (I know, I wrote the same thing this time last year!). There is also the opportunity to purchase a superb new DVD which makes a great present and helps raise money for the project. Towards the end of 2005 we approached the Heritage LotteryRead the Rest…

2004 Christmas Update

Date posted: June 28, 2004

The above painting of the Mary Gordon on Brayford Pool is by my wife Vanessa. We are planning, with help from Henry Ruddock, to produce some prints and post cards for sale, please let me know if you are interested. Progress continues to be made with the project. Steve Mills, who we hope will beRead the Rest…

2004 Mid Year Update

Date posted: June 17, 2004

from Peter Harrold I am very pleased to be able to report from a far more positive prospective, and in particular the contentious issue regarding ownership has been resolved. The project can now move forward at a rate of knots and is indeed gathering speed (fortunately we are not restricted by 3 mph limit weRead the Rest…

Local MP Comments

Date posted: February 4, 2004

In her column in the Lincolnshire Echo January 21st 2004, headed “Losing the Mary Gordon would be a blow to Lincoln and those who work to restore her” local MP Gillian Merron states: “This week I have publicly backed the the Friends of the Mary Gordon, the local group committed to the restoration of Britain’sRead the Rest…

AGM 2004, Summary

Date posted: January 31, 2004

I had hoped to get one out in the second half of last year; I try doing at least two a year. The Trustees have unfortunately been busy trying to resolve a dispute which has arisen over the ownership of the Mary Gordon, more of which later. Funding In 2003 The Mary Gordon Trust receivedRead the Rest…

AGM 2003, Summary

Date posted: January 1, 2003

The Mary Gordon is believe to be the largest and oldest electrically powered boat in the world, and is acknowledged as being of historic importance by the National Maritime Museums Register of Historic Vessels. A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes towards restoring the boat to an even better condition thanRead the Rest…

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