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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 deliver the Culturally Chard programme that won them the funding. There will be a diverse range of new activities and events taking place including two larger festivals, all with a connection to the historic town centre, adding to the existing cultural calendar. Residents, community groups, schools and businesses are all invited to get involved.

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.

Other partner organisations involved in the consortium are Chard Museum, Chard Carnival Committee, Holyrood Academy, Chard One Team and Chard Town Team. The programme will officially launch in July and run through to March 2024. For more information, visit www.chardregeneration.co.uk.

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