ILFRACOMBE S historic Chambercombe Manor is bidding for Heritage Lottery money to help preserve and restore the tourist attraction for the town. The 11th century Grade II* listed building is one of the oldest in the area, but neglect in past times has lef

ILFRACOMBE'S historic Chambercombe Manor is bidding for Heritage Lottery money to help preserve and restore the tourist attraction for the town.The 11th century Grade II* listed building is one of the oldest in the area, but neglect in past times has left it sorely in need of a little help.The Chambercombe Trust, the charity which owns and runs the manor, is seeking around £70,000 to ensure its future by carrying out much-needed works on the ancient lime plastering, roof and windows.It is hoped the bulk of the money will come from a successful Lottery grant bid, but some will also be raised through private or matched funding.As well as preserving the fabric of the building, the Chambercombe Restoration Project also seeks to improve access for disabled users, increase the numbers of visitors to the property and create a new educational programme of events.This could include workshops and activity days plus themed historical events such as Tudor or Victorian experience days, as well as musical and theatrical productions in the house and gardens.Chambercombe Trust would like to hear from anyone regarding the proposed restoration project and would be delighted to receive comments, ideas, suggestions or support for the project. To find out more, contact the manor by post at: Chambercombe Manor Restoration Project, Chambercombe Lane, Ilfracombe EX34 9RJ or email chambercombeheritage@btconnect.com.