Supporting community-led action to strengthen businesses, heritage and tourism in Ramsey.
About the project
Work was commissioned by the Ramsey Million Partnership and Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust using funding obtained from Big Local.
Why is this needed?
In 2010 the Big Lottery Fund announced that over a period of 10 years, the parish of Ramsey would be given more than £1 million to make a difference to the lives of people living locally. The Big Local Project in Ramsey become known as Ramsey Million and a partnership of residents was formed to make decisions on how the money would be best spent. One of the key concerns of Ramsey Million was how they could make more of Ramsey’s market town heritage. They particularly wished to address the dwindling use of the town centre by the community and wanted to strengthen a number of community-run heritage attractions that were seen as a real asset to the Town’s heritage and tourism.
Cambridgeshire ACRE was delighted to be chosen to support Ramsey Million and the Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust as the ‘host’ for a two-year piece of work. Our staff provided support to the group by advising on effective governance and facilitating two sessions so the Ramsay Million could involve a wider range of residents to come to together with a focus on project planning and drawing upon community expertise.
Cambridgeshire ACRE employed a dedicated Project Officer to work alongside the community to establish a range of community events including an annual Open Heritage Day linking the town centre with the heritage sites, a Community Arts Festival and the re-establishment of food and craft markets bring people into the town centre. An important aspect of all Cambridgeshire ACRE’s work with communities is always to ensure a legacy and, through supporting the Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust, a funding bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund was successful allowing them to take forward the next stage of the work themselves. Additionally, an application to the Cambridgeshire Fens LEADER programme provided new market stalls allowing for the charter market to become a weekly feature once more in the town centre.
How can you get involved?
This project has now concluded. Cambridgeshire ACRE is available to take on similar commissions from other market towns and villages.
What impact has our work had?
The project achieved a significant impact which has allowed the Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust to continue to take forward its legacy. This includes:
“Five years on, the effects of this project are still being felt. The website and walk leaflets and Heritage Days continue to be popular with visitors and the Ramsey Heritage Sites have established themselves as Ramsey Heritage Partnership CIO. Strategically the work started by Discover Ramsey is highlighted in Ramsey – A Prospectus for Growth as one of the ways in which Ramsey could make itself economically sustainable into the future.”
Anna Bradley-Dorman, Communications & Grant Manager, Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust