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Regeneration event heads to Tewkesbury

People in Tewkesbury will be able to find out more about plans to regenerate the town's High Street at an event next month.

Regenerate the High Street will take place on Saturday 18th September 10am to 1pm at the Anglo-American Memorial Gardens (behind the Town Hall).

Tewkesbury is one of just over 60 high streets across England to have secured funds from Historic England's £95m High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) programme to regenerate historic high streets throughout England. The event will showcase how Tewkesbury's businesses and high street community can benefit from the £1m award.

On the morning, visitors will be greeted by experts in traditional skills, local heritage and funding. There will be interactive demonstrations and advice about carrying out work on historic buildings, as well as information about the grants available through the HSHAZ scheme.

Stalls will provide information on the Local Heritage List and the 'tree ring dating' of historic buildings. There will also be a display of historic photographs, comparing buildings in the town years ago with how they look today.

Stalls include:

  • Traditional signwriting
  • Tree ring dating/ dendrochronology
  • Historical photographs of Tewkesbury
  • Lime works, energy efficiency and retrofit
  • Tewkesbury High Street Heritage Action Zone

Cllr Mel Gore, lead member for built environment at Tewkesbury Borough Council, said: "We're very much looking forward to this event and hearing from all the fantastic local experts and historians. We want these discussions and demonstrations to be the catalyst for positive change for the High Street Heritage Action Zone, as well as for other high streets across the borough.

"For those with a business or premises in or near the Heritage Action Zone, this event is not to be missed! I would also encourage anyone with an interest in Tewkesbury's rich heritage and cultural history to come along to see the demonstrations and hear from the experts - it is sure to be an interesting and inspiring few hours."

Ross Simmonds, acting regional director at Historic England South West, said: "This event offers something for everyone, whether you want to know more about Tewkesbury's remarkable history, find out about future cultural events, or see heritage craft skills in action. It's the perfect introduction to the High Street Heritage Action Zone and how it will breathe new life into Tewkesbury in the coming years."

For anyone who can't make the event, selected pieces of information will be available at Tewkesbury Heritage Centre.

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