Burscough Heritage Group, H and R Ainscough Barge Restoration Project and the Wharf have all made a start on planning the events, but they are keen that as many businesses and organisations join in the celebrations. The Parish Council is supporting their initiative.
Burscough Parish Council have allocated £10,000 towards the costs of bi-centenary celebrations in 2016. Part of this sum will be awarded as grants to organisations to help them meet costs incurred in getting involved, and part will be used in direct support, for such items as advertising and bunting or marquee.
Local non-profit organisations are invited to apply for a share of the £10,000 to contribute to costs of getting involved. Interested organisations should email firstname.lastname@example.org to register their interest and request an application form. The funding round will be open in early November and grants will be awarded before the end of 2015.
Tom Spencer, Chairman of Burscough Heritage Group, has said that he would also like to hear from business owners and other organisations about how they would like to get involved in the Heritage Weekend . We hope that many pubs, clubs, shops, schools, churches, and organisations large and small will want to be part of the celebration, making 2016 a year that people remember for many years to come.