The Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds in partnership with Ashby de la Zouch Town Council have received £44,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project led by volunteers to create an all weather footpath and a heritage trail around Ashby Bath Grounds. The HLF funding, together with £20,000 previously awarded by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC), means that the Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds have now raised the full £65,000 required and work has now commenced on the Project with the path completed in November 2015. The wider Project runs until February 2017.
There will be opportunities to get involved with a wide range of community activities including discovering archaeology using surface techniques, performing a ballad, creating a mosaic and taking part in a programme of lectures and guided walks. The Friends will be working closely with Ashby Museum and other local groups throughout the project.
Bounded by the Royal Hotel and the site of Ashby’s former Ivanhoe Spa, the historic Bath Grounds are a much loved community facility fundamental to Ashby’s “countryside-within-the-town” character.
Commenting on the award, the Secretary of the Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds, Clare Birch said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. We believe that this project will develop community pride and knowledge of the history of the Bath Grounds as well as providing a much needed, all weather pedestrian route between the two entrances. This will be particularly useful for elderly residents and parents with push chairs as well as attracting tourists through the park. We are hoping for a big turnout at the launch event on 20 September.”