The name given to the tight trousers worn by some Regency gentlemen, such as the notorious Beau Brummell and his ‘dandy’ followers, as they showed off their leg muscles.
Community Ownership Fund success!
On Thursday 26th September 2023, we were host to a visit from Secretary of State for Wales, David TC Davies, with Fay Jones, MP for Brecon & Radnorshire. This celebrated us becoming one of only three places in Wales to receive funding under the third round of the UK Government’s Community Owndership Fund, part of their Levelling Up support.
We will receive £187,000 from the grant, which matches the monies altready pledged to us by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, both of which are towards a project we have been working on for several years in hope of such support. We will now be turning the former Caretaker’s flat on our first floor into two holiday lets.
This is a truly transformational moment for us. Income from these flats will support the museum, and help it attain a sustainable future. We receive no regular funding for external bodies and rely on our own ability to raise funds through admissions, our shop and tearoom, school visits, events and private hire. It is just not enough alone to support this wonderful building, but now we can see a much safer future for us and one where we can then focus on developing our offer to visitors even further.
Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged us whilst we’ve been going through the last few years, working to get to this point – we couldn’t have done it without you. We love our building and we know many others do too. In the Uk Govt’s press video from their visit, the quote that rather gets us is Fay Jones MP’s ‘it really is an absolutely mind-blowing thing to come and see’. Take a look below…
Top L to R: Diane Gwilt, Chair of The Judge’s Lodging Trust; Tim Hodgetts, Trustee, Beverley Baynham, Chair of Powys County Council, Councillor and Mayor of Presteigne & Norton; Gaby Rivers, Museum Development Manager of The Judge’s Lodging, Fay Jones, MP for Brecon & Radnorshire
Bottom: Fay Jones, MP; Diane Gwilt and Secretary of State for Wales David TC Davies