BBCHAP Sponsors:

Awards For All Chilterns Conservation Board

£10,000 National Lottery funding for SOAG through Awards for All

I am delighted to announce that the South Oxfordshire Archaeological Group has been awarded £10,000 for the Brightwell Baldwin Community History and Archaeology Project (BBCHAP). The grant comes from the National Lottery through the Awards for All scheme, which awards grants of between £300 and £10,000 for people to take part in art, sport, heritage and community activities, and projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community.

The grant is primarily for the purchase of a geophysical survey instrument (a Geoscan Research RM15-D Resistance Meter system) together with the necessary laptop computer and data projector to process and display the results of geophysical surveys for instruction and lecture purposes. With the assistance of SOAG archaeologists, BBCHAP volunteers will use the equipment to explore the archaeology hidden beneath the fields and park-land in and around their parish. The balance of the award (about £1500) will cover sundry Project Support Costs for BBCHAP over the next twelve months. Although the Brightwell CAP will have priority initially, the equipment will be available for other SOAG projects, both current and future. It will equip SOAG with a modern, high quality, geophysical survey system that will be of ongoing and long-term benefit to our members and to other local communities in South Oxfordshire.

This award recognises the special contribution that SOAG and amateur archaeology can make towards promoting heritage, involvement and education in the local community. I am sure you will all agree that this is a tremendous boost and another great step forward for the Group.

SOAG Chairman

Ian Clarke.
6 August 2007