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50th anniversary grant success for Cudham!

Woodcraft Folk and Cudham Environmental Activities Centre are delighted to receive £29,203 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support its heritage and anniversary activities. The grant will enable the centre to work in partnership with UCL, Bromley Archive & Museum and others to record and celebrate the history of the environmental residential centre.

Cudham, originally owned and managed by the Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade, became a Woodcraft Folk residential centre in 1974. The HLF grant will support the development of a heritage area and activities for centre users and guests. Volunteers will work with UCL to capture and record the living histories of those who have supported the centre in its 50 years as a Woodcraft Folk centre.

As part of the project, Woodcraft Folk are inviting guests, past and present, to share their memories, photos and any memorabilia they may have related to the centre or their stay. The centre hopes to use these contributions to both promote the centre, but also to form the basis of activity resources for future groups.

The centre will also be hosting a traditional birthday party on June 29th with cake, campfire singing and more!

And finally, the centre would welcome volunteers to join their team. Volunteers are needed to help sort and catalogue donations of memorabilia – so if you fancy taking a stroll down memory lane this is the ideal role for you. The time commitment can be flexible, with activities both at the centre and at home. The Cudham centre also need volunteers to undertake a series of oral history interviews, full training and equipment will be provided. The project hopes to capture the life histories of the founding volunteers and staff – recognising and capturing the huge contribution they have made to enable over 100,000 young people to benefit from the centre in its 50 years!

For more information or share your memories please contact 

Dates for your diary:

28th-20th June – 50th celebrations

12th-14th July – Oral history volunteer training

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