Sandown Community Partnership is celebrating a £6,800 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
It plans to use the money to create a brand new heritage trail tour around the town, transporting the walker back in time to discover Sandown’s past. The Sandown Community Partnership is working alongside Ryde School with Upper Chine and its students, Sandown shopkeepers and business owners, local residents, the authorities and the police to produce the signposted trail. It will include Sandown’s humble beginnings, its military importance and its role in modern tourism. Andrew Vaughan, Project Co-ordinator on behalf of the Sandown Community Partnership, said:
This award is fantastic news for Sandown and it is wonderful that so many people, especially youngsters, are going to be helping with the project. Sandown is a beautiful place and has such happy memories for so many people who took holidays here as children but has sadly suffered like many resorts in recent times. I’m certain that the boost this award will give the town can put some of the old sparkle back. I can’t wait to get started.
Stuart McLeod, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East England, said:
This project provides a wonderful opportunity for local people in Sandown to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be supporting the creation of the heritage trail.