Press release: Unveiling Brynford’s Heritage Trail

Brynford Community Council are proud to announce that they will be unveiling their new village trail on Wednesday 4th July at 1.15pm.

The trail, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with additional support from Cadwyn Clwyd and Flintshire Country Council, aims to make locals and visitors more aware of the heritage and wildlife of Brynford.

The trail is available in a variety of formats to encourage a wide range of people to use it. Information panels will be erected in the bus shelter on the village green and a trail leaflet will be available at the Pet Cemetery café, the village shop and local libraries. For those who use smartphones or tablets, a digital version of the trail can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded, the app does not need Wi-fi to work and, when you get near the numbered features of interest, a notification is automatically sent to your device taking you to the relevant content.

The digital trail will be one of a series of trails across North East Wales, co-ordinated by Sarah Jones from Cadwyn Clwyd. Sarah explained, ‘The digital trail element of the project has received funding from the LEADER scheme. LEADER is a fund for rural areas in Wales to explore innovative new approaches and experimental technologies to tackle poverty, create jobs and drive sustainable economic development.  It is part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, which is financed by the Welsh Government and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).’ 

Brynford School have been actively involved in the project from the outset, with junior pupils helping to develop a timeline of the village and dramatising key events from it, researching points on the trail, recording older members of the community, and producing some wonderful artwork showcasing Brynford’s wildlife, under the guidance of community artist Helen Taylor.

Rachel Critchell, Acting Head Brynford School said, “As a school, we feel proud and privileged to have been a part of the Brynford Heritage Project. This has been an experience that the children and staff will always remember and one that has enriched their learning in many valuable ways. On behalf of the governors, staff and pupils we would like to thank the Community Council for this unique opportunity.”

Councillor Jean Davies commented, “It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm shown by the children and the interest it has stimulated in their local area.”

 

Richard Bellamy, Head of HLF in Wales said: “‘Celebrating and Sharing Brynford’s Heritage’ is a fine example of HLF’s Sharing Heritage programme that, thanks to National Lottery players, makes it possible for local people to choose what is important to them, what they want to save, and how they want to spread the word throughout their community.”

 

The event will start at 1.15pm at Brynford School and will include a short walk to the village green. Some junior pupils will be costumed guides along the trail, acting out short scenes from Brynford’s history at key points. Other pupils will be on hand with their tablets to show visitors how to use the digital trail. At the village green, the new interpretation panels will be unveiled and everyone is then invited back to the school for refreshments.

For further information and images please contact Lorna Jenner (Tel: 01352 741676 or e-mail:lorna.jenner@btinternet.com

 

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Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  www.hlf.org.uk  Follow us on facebook HLFWales and Twitter @HLFCymru