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A local MP is celebrating the success of legislation he supported in his first Parliamentary session, over two decades ago.
In the 20 years since the start of the National Lottery, Sir Peter Luff has revealed that Mid Worcestershire has received over £23 million in funding which has benefited more than five hundred projects.

The National Lottery began operation in November 1994 under John Major’s Government with the first local grant of £500,000 made in May 1995 for the cricket centre and sports hall at Prince Henry's High School. The most recent grant of £4,000 was made at the end of September to the Vale of Evesham Historical Society for commemoration exhibitions of the contribution of local people in World War One.

The two largest grants paid in Wychavon so far are the £5.4 million commitment to Hartlebury Castle and the £4.7 million pledged in 2003 for the restoration of the Droitwich Canals, both from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The smallest are awards of £150 for the travel costs of Second World War veterans to attend commemorative events.

The local MP, Sir Peter Luff, has praised the scheme for all that it has done locally, saying,

“I supported the National Lottery Bill in 1993 enthusiastically, shortly after I first became a Member of Parliament, but its success has been staggering.

“I am astounded by the amount of money we have received locally from the National Lottery– it has had such a positive impact.

“Evesham Rowing Club has refurbished their clubhouse, the Droitwich Canals have reopened, the future of Hartlebury Castle has been secured with the purchase of the Hurd Library site and, most recently, the Evesham Bell Tower has got much closer to the total of money needed to restore part of the remaining Abbey. All of this has been possible thanks to the National Lottery.

“So many village halls, schools, charities, and sports clubs have also received money for various projects or to renovate and update facilities. These are important local assets that have made a big impact locally – some might not have survived without funding.

“It’s good to look forward to the next decade of lottery funding, knowing countless more projects locally will benefit in the future.”

To date, £32 billion has been raised nationally and 450,000 projects across the country have received funding. Every week around £33 million is raised for projects and six million winners are created.


Notes for Editors; details of awards in Wychavon can be found here:


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