Geoffrey has welcomed a £257m package of support for arts and culture organisations in England, which will benefit several organisations in his constituency.
The investment is part of the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund, announced earlier in the year, and includes £200,000 for local organisations in Torridge and West Devon. The grants, delivered through Arts Council England, include £80,424 for The Plough Arts Centre in Torridge and £70,000 for the Fairground Heritage Centre in West Devon.
It is extremely positive news that The Plough Arts Centre will benefit from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund.
I have campaigned and repeatedly spoken to ministers in recent months to convince them of the need to support local community arts organisations like The Plough and I am pleased that the Government has responded by investing £257m in 1,385 music venues, theatres, museums and galleries throughout the country. The Plough is a vital artistic venue in our rural area, it is largely self-supporting and works hard to be at the heart of the life of Great Torrington and the surrounding rural communities. I hope its staff, volunteers and our local communities will be heartened by this news.
This comes just days after the announcement of £1.5m of funding for heritage organisations in this constituency and is yet further evidence of the Government’s commitment to preserving our cultural assets.