Heritage Lottery Fund result

Today (Tuesday) I received by telephone, the result of our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a grant to carry out work to preserve our Club Ship HY Tyne III.
The news that the application has been rejected will be a disappointment to many, but maybe music to the ears of others.

What it does mean is that the maintenance of our Club ship is now firmly back in our own hands.
Although no official documentation has yet been provided, the indications are that the increased costs involved in the dry docking of HY Tyne along with the uncertainty of what further work requirement may be uncovered following the lift out, means the application does not represent good value for money from the heritage perspective. Well that’s my interpretation of the phone call although not the official HLF statement which we will be receiving shortly.

What we have gained during the development phase is a much greater understanding of the current state of HY Tyne. The surveyors report as well as the information from shipwrights T. Neilson will help inform us as to what actions we now need to take.

The efforts of Consult Robinson, who provided the support in writing the application, cannot be praised highly enough.

The next step is to hold a further meeting of the steering group to consider the way forward. This is likely to result in a series of short term plans to prevent immediate further deterioration, and some longer term strategies to carry out more major repairs.

Whatever we do there will be some cost to the Club, but by using members to get involved we can reduce those costs.

I will send out further information when we have a clearer idea of our plan B, but as before, for those who wish to become involved in the future of our Club Ship, the invitation to join working parties or groups still stands. If you haven’t already put your name forward and wish to be added to the list, please let me know.

Paul Common