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A rare insight for Chatham’s World Heritage Partners

Date: 29/05/2008           Category: Economic Development

Members of the Chatham World Heritage Partnership were given a rare glimpse inside the Royal School of Military Engineering when they met for the third time. Brompton Barracks was the setting for an evening centred on promoting and preserving Chatham’s unique international military and naval significance. More than 100 members of the 300-strong partnership heard updates on Chatham’s proposed World Heritage Site application - including the Great Lines City Park. The meeting, which included a brainstorming session for future project ideas, was opened by Brigadier Tony Harking, Commandant RSME and Commander Chatham Garrison, and featured closing words from Cllr Rodney Chambers, Leader of Medway Council. Project Manager Joanne Cable commented: “Chatham’s contribution to world history is immense, and evidence of this illustrious past is all around us. Events like today demonstrate the strength of support for Chatham’s World Heritage aspirations and ensure benefits such as the Great Lines City Park can be felt by all around.” The meeting was chaired by Lindsey Morgan, who took up the voluntary role in November 2007. She commented: “The Chatham World Heritage Partnership is an excellent opportunity to engage people with their community and heritage, and I was thrilled with the evening’s turnout”. In her own presentation Lindsey unveiled plans for a Partnership Heritage Fund that will allow residents and community groups to bid for up to £2,000 to develop and carry out projects which support the promotion of Chatham’s significance locally. Resident Bernie Hepplewhite commented: “This was the first of these meetings I have attended but it will not be the last. “It was great to see how much work has been done already to support the World Heritage Site application and the enthusiasm of those doing the work on it. It was very satisfying to have the chance to get involved and influence what is happening. ”The venue for the meeting was just perfect and the Royal Engineers were extremely hospitable. The evening was brought to a splendid end with a tour of the Barracks which included a visit to the Officers’ Mess and a look at the Regimental Silver.” Information on how to bid for money from the Partnership Fund will be available on www.chathamworldheritage.co.uk