Closure of The Old Grammar School Project
Following our Board meeting on 15th July, the Trustee’s of Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust (RBPT) voted to withdraw the Trust’s involvement with The Old Grammar School (TOGS).
Without the support of a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Board considered that it would be impossible to find the funding of £2.6 million required to bring the proposed plans to fruition.
The Lottery have indicated that if a scheme could be produced at considerably lower cost they would consider a second grant application of between £500,000 and £1 million, but this would require reworking of the entire plan and at this stage the Board is unable to take this forward.
There are avenues to be explored by other parties and by the end of September the outcome of these will be known. In the meantime we shall be in touch with all donors who contributed donations of £10 or more regarding the following three options - having their money returned; left with the RBPT for future projects or held as funding for an alternative plan for TOGS driven by another group. In the event that there is no foreseeable plan by the 30th September, donors who have left their money with the RBPT for an alternative TOGS project driven by another party will be asked which of the first two options they prefer.
It is with great regret that we are withdrawing from The Grammar School. As you can imagine, an enormous amount of work has been put in by members of the Trust and by the volunteers who have helped with our endeavours. We are very grateful for the support given by volunteers and donors to the project.
Over the next few weeks signage at the school will be removed and the TOGS social media site will be taken down and the web page and the TOGS donations button will be removed from the RBPT website.