HOFS: 85 Years of Community and Place celebrates Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Sharing Heritage: ‘Hadleigh Old Fire Station: 85 Years of Community and Place’ celebrates £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

ACAVA, the charity that runs Hadleigh Old Fire Station, has received support from National Lottery players for an exciting new project to explore the history of the Fire Station, it was announced today. Hadleigh Old Fire Station: 85 Years of Community and Place, is led by four of ACAVA’s professional artists, who are based in studios located within the former fire station (known as HOFS). Lead artists Sally Chinea, Alan Hockett, David Hurrell and Sue Willis have been awarded a grant of £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to research, record and celebrate 85 years of the Fire Station being at the heart of Hadleigh Town Centre and the community. The project will comprise a programme of summer festival events, the creation of a film and the generation of a community artwork, all reflecting the rich community heritage of HOFS. There will be something for everyone to enjoy and get involved with over the summer months, including vintage vehicles, community fairs and creative workshops.
Check in with the HOFS website and Facebook pages for up to date information on workshops and events, including the opportunity to see a preview of the heritage and history being researched and recorded for the project.
The lead artists will be supported by ACAVA staff, including HOFS Building Manager and former Fireman Brian Hickey. 
Commenting on the award, Duncan Smith, ACAVA Artistic Director said: “It’s great that we have been awarded this grant! We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with everyone to tell the story of Hadleigh Old Fire Station and celebrate its vital role in the town. We look forward to hearing people’s stories and sharing this heritage and history.”
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England, said: “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant to explore the heritage of this much-loved building, and allow the local community to embark on a real journey of discovery. Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”
Image: Hadleigh Firemen (White Watch) with the last Wheeled Escape, 15th February 1980