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Heritage Lottery Funding

The Council has worked with Outwood Community Video Group and Lofthouse Colliery Action Group to produce a heritage trail around Lofthouse Colliery Nature Park. The groups have received a grant of £47,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to create a heritage trail on the site of the old pit, now a local nature park. The project, which is led by a team of volunteers, focuses on collecting and sharing memories of those who worked at the Lofthouse pit.

The project will begin in the next few weeks and will be completed by late Summer 2013. This coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Lofthouse Colliery disaster. Members of the Outwood Community Video Group will be recording the memories and experiences of ex-miners and these recordings will be available as an education tools for visitors to the trail. Visitors will be able to use the new leaflets, information panels as well as see the location of the two pit shafts and a new memorial structure. Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for Environment and Communities, said: “This funding is great news and testament to the hard work the community groups have put in. “I’m sure residents and visitors to the pit will enjoy the new trail, with its audio clips bringing our local history to life.”

There was a remembrance service at Outwood Parish Church on 24 March 2013 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Lofthouse Mining Disaster, followed by a brass band concert. The project is a partnership between Wakefield Council, Lofthouse Colliery Action Group and Outwood Community Video Group, who are working together to ensure the local mining history is not lost.

Heritage Lottery Fund Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported over 33,000 projects, allocating £5billion across the UK including £380m to 2,845 projects in Yorkshire & the Humber alone. Website:

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