The Bawtry Heritage Group (BHG) is a small group of like minded individuals which was established in 2016. With very limited resources it has made good progress with broadening the understanding and knowledge of the history and heritage of the town. Amongst many other things, a Town Trail information leaflet has been produced and a Trail Lectern erected on Market Hill, an oral history project has been commenced, and heritage displays have been installed in the Community Library and in empty shop windows.It is also currently taking the initiative to get the Market Cross Scheduled Ancient Monument on Market Hill renovated and a protection scheme introduced. Although we do not yet have our own website, we have created a Bawtry Heritage Group Facebook page - @BawtryHeritageGroup
The Group, in pre covid times, met in the Community Library where it also has a very limited space for display purposes. When the Gainsborough Road toilet blocks, which are within the Conservation Area, were advertised for let by Doncaster Council, the group recognised an opportunity for part of the buildings to become a new Heritage Centre. The blocks were considered to be too large to solely be used for this purpose but that the whole site would be of great benefit to the town. So, support was enlisted from the Bawtry Retail Association and the joint bid was successful at a peppercorn rent and zero business rates.
The Heritage Group was registered as an Incorportaed Charity in April 2020.
The costs for refurbishment of these buildings will be substantial. We are hopeful of funding the project by means of obtaining a grant. If successful, we will have to make a 'third party' contribution of about £10,000 ourselves. Raising that contribution is the purpose of this crowd funding campaign which will run until the middle of November. If the current grant bid, which is to be made by the end of November, is unsuccessful the monies will go into the general project fund and could enable a 'phased build' start. Other funding opportunities will also then need to be explored to complete the project. The aim is to have the project completed by the end of 2022.