What has the National Lottery done for Banbury heritage?

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Yesterday was the National Lottery’s 25th birthday and during that time more than £40billion has been raised for good causes – including £5 million for Banbury’s heritage.

Since the first National Lottery draw on November 19, 1994, money from every ticket sold has been invested in good causes across the UK, in the areas of arts, sport, community and heritage.

In Banbury, money raised by National Lottery players has enabled:

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- Giving historic buildings a new lease of life, including helping St Mary’s Church to secure its future and welcome performances and community groups,

- Transforming access to nature, including the Wildlife Trust’s Wild Banbury project which is helping nature thrive and visitors explore the natural world at Hanwell Brook Wetland and Spiceball Park

- Telling community stories, including the impact and legacy of the First World War through a project led by Banbury Town Council.

Stuart McLeod, director London & South at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “It’s the National Lottery’s 25th birthday and a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the impact of National Lottery funding across the UK and in Banbury.

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"From saving historic buildings and helping nature to thrive to celebrating our diverse cultures and shared stories, there is so much that quite simply would not be possible without National Lottery players.”

As a thank you, National Lottery funded sites across the UK are offering free entry or other special offers, between 23 November and 1 December.