Culturally Chard is a three year programme celebrating the local character, culture, history and heritage of Chard, exploring what makes the evolving high street a special and unique place, relevant to current and future generations.

Culture, creativity and heritage play a key role in making the town centre a more attractive and vibrant place. Through a range of new activities and events our programme promotes and brings to life the town centre’s unique story, its past and present. Energising a sense of pride and responsibility with Chard businesses, community groups and residents of all ages and backgrounds, drawing in visitors to celebrate the diversity of our town across the generations, ethnicities, genders and values.

South Somerset District Council, Chard Town Council and Somerset Art Works, on behalf of a consortium of local partners, have been awarded a grant from Historic England as part of the Chard High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) Cultural Programme. Over the next three years, creative and community organisations in Chard will work together to develop and deliver Culturally Chard.

Other partner organisations involved in the consortium are Chard Museum, Chard Carnival Committee, Holyrood Academy, Chard One Team and Chard Town Team. The programme launched in July 2021 and runs through to March 2024.

This is part of the four-year-long High Streets Heritage Action Zones’ Cultural Programme, led by Historic England, in partnership with Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Cultural Programme aims to make our high streets more attractive, engaging and vibrant places for people to live, work and spend time. For more information, visit www.chardregeneration.co.uk

‘Culturally Chard’ is the Chard High Street Heritage Action Zone cultural programme, funded by Historic England, Arts Council England and the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

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