South Wales Central AM, Andrew RT Davies, has today spoken of his delight at the announcement of a grant of £298,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund a local project at the Galilee Chapel. Andrew visited the project in Llantwit Major yesterday alongside Kay Swinburne MEP and Angela Jones-Evans, the Conservative Assembly candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan.
They met with Reverend Huw Butler and some of the local organising committee who have worked tirelessly to secure the grant of nearly £300,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Speaking after the visit, Andrew said: “These are exciting proposals, seeking to develop the exhibition space in the Galilee Chapel, and will be of huge benefit to the area in terms of education and heritage as well as leisure and tourism.”
The project itself, will see the Rectorial Benefit of Llantwit Major using the funding to create an educational space that will benefit the wider community; including training for local people to act as volunteer guides, and involving local schools in events and activities on the site.
Andrew was keen to stress that the further work was still required, particularly in regard to generating additional fundraising. “The award of the grant is a great incentive to the project team to use this as a platform for securing additional funding, with work to follow on the design and promotion of what will be a fantastic facility. It will certainly attract tourism to the area to enjoy the many historical features it has to offer.”
Also speaking after the visit Kay Swinburne, Conservative MEP for Wales, said: “I would like to congratulate the community on their success so far for such a worthy project. It is so important to our Welsh heritage and no stone should be left unturned in the search for the remainder of the funds including any potential European heritage funding.”
Angela Jones-Evans also paid tribute to the hard work of the local project team. “This is a wonderful reward for the hard work of a small number of people over several years. It will benefit not only the local church community, but also the local economy. The site will become a focal point for people who are interested in Celtic history, hugely appropriate in an area steeped in Celtic tradition.”
“We have offered our support to work in partnership with the project team and other interested parties to ensure that the vision is turned into a reality and wish them every success in doing so.”