Friends of Friar Gate Bridge became formally constituted in May 2015, we registered as a charity in August and we have been welcoming new members since November. The trustees have had meetings with the City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and developers of sites adjoining the Bridge, and we have responded to relevant planning applications. And of course we did the boring stuff like the bank account and the membership database.
We are buzzing with ideas but have found that getting the organisation established has made us a little more inward-looking than we would have liked in the last few months - but we are keen to get going with the real work of Friends of Friar Gate Bridge. In outline, our plans include:
- Attracting lots of new members, to show the City Council and the Heritage Lottery Foundation that people really care about Friar Gate Bridge. Have you joined us yet?
- Developing practical ideas about the long-term use of the Bridge.
- Educating young and old about the Bridge, the Friar Gate Line and Handyside.
- Raising lots of money, and applying for Heritage Lottery Foundation funding to top it up.
It's all about ensuring that the Bridge is fully restored and its future is assured.