We are delighted to announce that we raised £5,226 in our community based crowdfunding campaign to save the Old King’s Head in Kirton, near Boston. The project to renovate and refurbish this building is set to total £2.8m and we have applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a major grant of just under £2 million. We hope to announce their decision shortly. In the meantime, the local community have put their best foot forward, demonstrating their affection for the building and a genuine enthusiasm for the project.
The crowdfunding campaign, open for anyone to take part in, was a fun way to engage with the history on their doorstep. The Heritage Lincolnshire team, including several local volunteers, hosted a total of five different events in the village of Kirton, attended local events, offered talks to community groups and led hard hat tours of the building. Highlights were the Festival of Food, Murder Mystery and Pub Quiz.
“It has been really exciting for us and the campaign has helped to raise the profile of our project hugely. This crowdfunding campaign is our most successful individual giving campaign to date and we have learned lots of really valuable lessons about how to develop this in the future. We are so grateful to the community for their support and we were amazed to see from how far afield our supporters were too! ” – Liz Bates Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Lincolnshire
The crowdfunding campaign was an important part of Heritage Lincolnshire’s approach to returning the Old King’s Head into a community café, shop and B&B. It is planned that repairs will commence in Spring 2018, but there is more fundraising to do. You can still donate via our special crowdfunding page at heritagelincolnshire.org/okh and if you would like to be a part of the campaign or you are interested in volunteering get in touch!