HRH Princess Royal visits Tollesbury Granary

Published: 19 September 2006 at 12:47

The TOLLESBURY GRANARY project by the Mid Essex Historic Buildings Trust (MEHBT) received a surprise publicity boost when HRH Princess Royal visited the Listed Building which was featured recently on BBC RESTORATION – VILLAGE.

HRH Princess Royal was attending the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Tollesbury Sailing Club when she extended her visit with an in-depth tour of the granary with Anglia Ruskin University’s Dr Alan Coday, Project Organiser.

Dr Coday said:

“I had the great pleasure of guiding HRH Princess Royal around the granary building. She was sufficiently intrigued and impressed by our plans to provide a combined Maritime, Local and Natural History Visitor Centre and Educational Resource Centre for the area that she stayed for more time than we were expecting despite her hectic schedule.”

“It was a very proud moment for us and a fitting start to our campaign to secure Heritage Lottery Funding for the project.”

The Tollesbury Granary project came second in its ‘heat’ of the Restoration Village programme but attracted over 20% of the votes. 2.5 million viewers watched the first transmission and a further 1 million watched the second showing of the programme.  In total, over half a million viewers were in support of the £250K project which belies the fact that the village only has 4000 residents.

The granary enjoyed huge publicity following the BBC programme but could not complete with the £9 million project proposed by the Hampshire fine art gallery bid that beat it in its heat.  The Mid Essex Historic Buildings Trust is now engaged in the task of securing funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, European Marinas and Yachting (Maya) funding and from local sponsors and businesses.