West Leeds volunteer centre to celebrate 40 years by gathering stories

13 May 2019

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The Friends of Hollybush have secured a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £10,000 for the Hippies, dole claimants and their heritage: Hollybush 1979-2019 in 40 stories project, writes John Preston.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will collect and celebrate memories and stories from some of the many volunteers, staff and visitors who have been part of the popular environmental volunteering centre’s story.

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A group of volunteers will be formed to learn about the process of recording oral history and creating a digital archive of photographs.

The group will be busy online, at Hollybush events and at local events to engage people in the project. There will be an exhibition and initial presentation in September followed by a small booklet by the end of the year.

Pauline Pickett, Chair of the Friends, said:

“So many people remember being part of Hollybush and we are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players that will enable us to celebrate, collate and record this heritage.”

The Friends of Hollybush are an umbrella group for past and current participants, volunteers and staff to undertake small projects that add real value to the wider year-round TCV programmes.

Working with a professional heritage worker the volunteer group will gather the stories to bring to life the rich and varied stories that lie behind the vibrant Hollybush Centre of today.

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