Historic England has announced that a selection of towns in the High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ), including Newark, will receive significant grants to create and conduct community-led cultural activities on their main streets. Newark was awarded a £ 90,000 grant for the cultural program.

This grant, announced yesterday, is related to the £ 95 million four-year HSHAZ initiative currently running in partnership with Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund on over 60 main English streets under the direction of Historic England.

In the Midlands, 11 major highways participating in the HSHAZ program, including Newark, will benefit from this additional grant, which aims to make major highways more attractive, engaging and lively so that people can live, work and spend time.

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A family game day, creative workshops and events, music and tours are planned for this year to celebrate the unique heritage of the streets of Newark and help people join their skills and passions and share them with their local community.

A core of organizations has been identified from the broader community to form a cultural consortium responsible for implementing the Newark cultural program. These include: Inspire (culture, libraries, and learning) who run the program, Newark and Sherwood District Council, Newark Town Council, Newark Civic Trust, Newark Heritage Forum, Newark Book Festival, Newark and Sherwood CVS, and Newark and Sherwood College (schools for violin, piano and woodwinds).

The consortium will deliver Newark Creates – a cultural program that is accessible and welcoming to everyone. Future plans could include a wide range of events and activities, including theater, street art, poetry, literature, music festivals, and photo projects.

Peter Gaw, CEO of Inspire, said, “We are excited about the opportunity to form a consortium to coordinate and develop a rich and diverse Newark-based cultural offering that brings people and activities to the city.”

District Council Chairman David Lloyd said, “The cultural program, alongside the High Streets Heritage Action Zone program, will help bring a variety of exciting new activities and events to our wonderful local community again face to face bring to.

“The main roads across the country have suffered so much from the pandemic and this program will bring more people back together on our main roads at this critical time.

“I look forward to seeing what events and activities come to Newark and hope that many of you will enjoy the full program when it is announced later this year.”

It is hoped that the cultural program will revitalize the main streets of Newark through cultural activities to bring both a wider range of people and new activities to the heart of the communities and create aspirations. Encouraging greater use of major roads and increasing the time people spend there; create more pride and a sense of community and wellbeing through cultural engagement; Helping local organizations, communities and stakeholders embed and sustain the future benefits of the program; and support the work of the entire HSHAZ program.

Eilis Scott, acting regional director of Historic England Midlands, said, “The High Street cultural program is a fundamental change in the way we bring high street back from the edge of the Midlands. When we see that these important historical spaces are being regenerated through construction work, it is the community-led cultural work that helps people to enjoy their main street again and also to have a say in what the future of their main street might look like. “

Work on the program is expected to begin this summer with a series of activities taking place on Main Street this year.