Lotto funding boost for Cosy Club memories project

Memories of days gone by in Derry’s Hazelbank area are to be recorded in a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

‘Memories Allowed’, facilitated by the Cosy Club in Hazelbank is one of 17 projects in the north to share in HLF funding of £142,000, allocated through its All Our Stories programme .

The scheme will record the memories of some of the older generation who were native to the Hazelbank area of the city but were forced to move away due to the troubles in the 70’s and 80’s. Many of the houses and streets in this area no longer exist.

The Cosy Club’s Geraldine Fitzpatrick explained:“The deaths of three members of the club earlier in the year brought about the realisation that some of their great memories and tales, aspects of theirs and others heritage, had been lost with them.

“The Heritage Lottery Fund’s backing has provided something to be excited about for those who have much to share, and a great opportunity for some of the older people who have never shared some of the history of how they lived before, during and after the troubles.”

The All Our Stories programme was launched in April.Grants ranging from £3,000 up to £10,000 have been granted to all sorts of organisations, from small community groups, residents’ associations and local history groups to larger heritage organisations and charities.

The grants will bring communities together to explore the past, as well as providing those people with the skills and expert advice - delivered by top academics - to delve into their local community’s history in a lasting and well-informed way.