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 Eg Heritage Lottery Fund to safeguard                                                                      TOP TIP Headline must be
                                                                                                            eye catching and to the point.
 future of Creswell Crags
 The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant of << INSERT GRANT AMOUNT >>
 to << INSERT SHORT PUNCHY PROJECT SUMMARY >>, it was announced today.
                                                                                                            TOP TIP The first paragraph
 For example                                                                                                should include all key information
 The history of Creswell’s village life is to be collated and preserved thanks to a grant from the          about the grant in a nutshell –
 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) it was announced today. The award of £262,000 will allow the Parish            who has received it, where are
 Council to conduct urgent repairs to the Creswell Social Centre and restore the building to its            you based, what will the project
 original designs.                                                                                          do and when will work start/
                                                                                                            the finished building etc. re-open?

 For example
 The building is a focal point for the Creswell community and is currently used by over 60 community
                                                                                                            TOP TIP Avoid detailed
 groups. Built in 1903 as a village hall, the building was converted to a hospital in World War 1 and
                                                                                                            architectural or scientific
 then a drill hall during World War II. When the building fell into disrepair, the whole village came out
                                                                                                            information. Stick to educational
 in support and even offered to pay for the upkeep of the hall. Memories and photographs of the             and community benefits that
 centre and life in the village will be collected and shared with the community to help them learn          are of interest to everybody,
 and celebrate their history.                                                                               try to avoid jargon.

 The work, which will start in the summer, will see vital repairs to the roof and the replacement of
 rotten windows and doors. The frontage will be restored to its original design and the windows will
 be unblocked. The entrance way will be improved and displays boards telling the history of Creswell
 will be installed.
                                                                                                            TOP TIP Try to keep
 Commenting on the award, << INSERT NAME OF PROJECT SPOKESPERSON >> said,                                   quotes short, to the point
 << INSERT QUOTE FROM PROJECT SPOKESPERSON >>                                                               and enthusiastic. You will
                                                                                                            ideally create a ‘soundbite’
 For example                                                                                                that journalists will want to
 Bill Elliot from Elmton & Creswell Parish Council said: “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery        print in full.
 Fund has enabled this work to take place. The social centre has given the village a place for live
 entertainment, public meetings and large group activities for the past 100 years, and thanks to
 this grant it will be preserved for another century.”
                                                                                                            TOP TIP E-mail your draft release
                                                                                                            to your Grants Officer and they
 Explaining the importance of the award << INSERT NAME AND TITLE OF HLF REGIONAL HEAD >>
                                                                                                            will insert a quote from the rele-
 said, << INSERT HLF QUOTE >>
                                                                                                            vant HLF spokesperson.
                                                 – ENDS –

 For further information, please contact                                                                    TOP TIP It is important
 Please contact << INSERT NAME AND TITLE >> at << INSERT ORGANISATION >>                                    to include as much contact
 on << INSERT TELEPHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS >>                                                         information as possible so that
                                                                                                            a journalist can get in touch
 Notes to Editors                                                                                           with you easily. This should
 The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about          ideally include landline and
 our diverse heritage. From our great museums and historic buildings to local parks and beauty              mobile phone numbers, and
 spots or recording and celebrating traditions, customs and history, HLF grants open up our nation’s        an e-mail address. If your
                                                                                                            organisation has a website
 heritage for everyone to enjoy. Since 1994 it has supported more than 26,000 projects, allocating
                                                                                                            you could also include your
 over £4 billion across the UK.
                                                                                                            web address.

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