As part of the GBN’s tenth anniversary celebreations we awarded £10,000 to help the Woodcraft Folk further develop their residential facility at Height Gate Farm, high on the moors overlooking the Upper Calder Valley beneath Stoodley Pike. The Woodcraft Folk is an educational movement for children, designed to develop self confidence and activity in society with the aim of building a sustainable world. The funding has already helped in enabling the installation of renewable energy based space and water heating with complementary environmental education, roof insulation and draught reduction work.
Other historic buildings projects that the GBN has helped fund include:
The Heart Project in association with The Pitstop Project, and the “White Windows” Leonard Cheshire Home (1768, Grade II listed). Supported by Grantscape. The mayor of Calderdale opened a 75 metre terraced walkway in May 2007, to complete the initial phase of the project. This is an environmentally friendly construction by BTCV volunteers, using 500 interlocking recycled plastic groundblocks, kerbs and pegs.
Todmorden Unitarian Church (1869, Grade I). In association with the Historic Chapels Trust, the GBN is continuing to help one of Britain ‘s finest non-conformist churches, be restored to its former glory.
Heptonstall Churchyard (1260, Grade II listed Ancient Monument). The ancient hill top village of Heptonstall is a heritage and tourism destination. the GBN funded the creation of a safe walkway across fallen gravestones to connect two churches in the same churchyard.
The GBN has worked with the Historic Chapels Trust to help safeguard Todmorden Unitarian Church and Wainsgate Baptists Church.