Today presented another of those tingling moments - when you are 100% certain you have done everything you can before passing the point of no return, but you can't help hesitating, just in case. Well, there was a certain amount of hesitation but shortly before 2pm I pressed the 'submit' button on the Heritage Lottery website, and off went our carefully-crafted application for just short of £550,000 which, if we're successful, will allow us to press on with our project. It's been a lengthy process, full of interest with the occasional bump in the road, but we have got there thanks to fantastic input by the Society's working group, the support of our wonderful patrons, and many others. We are due to receive the verdict in September.
Things are moving. Again. Last week Sue Dawson and I had a good meeting with Antonia, our Heritage Lottery officer, in Millom. We were delighted that Antonia was keen to visit Millom and see No 14 for herself. As well as giving her a tour of the house we visited St George's Church, and saw the Nicholson 'miner' memorial in Market Square. Yesterday Janice Brockbank and myself met up to review our application to the HLF which will be submitted next week. Bernard, our accountant, is going over the financial figures as I write. The task right now is to transfer our case from a much-revised Word document to the HLF's online portal - so I'm signing off the blog for now to do just that.
Charlie Lambert, chair of the Norman Nicholson Society