September 22, 2016
How Hill’s 50th Anniversary Appeal was launched on Monday 19th September at an event held in the Hostry at Norwich Cathedral. Over seventy guests attended including the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Richard Jewson, representatives of several grant giving trusts, How Hill trustees and lifetime members of the Friends of How Hill.
After refreshments in the reception area, guests took their seats in the Weston Room for speeches from Baroness Gillian Shephard, Simon Partridge, Director of the How Hill Trust and Nick Price, Chairman of Trustees. Their presentations focused on the history of the house, its establishment as an education centre and the work of the Trust today.
How Hill is a fantastic place which provides a unique educational experience for thousands of school children each year. As children’s lives become more and more sedentary and screen-based, opportunities to explore and enjoy natural environments (rain, mud and all) become even more important – both for their wellbeing and to inspire the next generation of conservationists. However, the How Hill Trust is a small, independent charity which has at times struggled to meet day to day running and staffing costs despite hosting school groups almost every academic week of the year; running numerous public events and offering venue hire, catering services and a summer tearoom.
For the fifty years that How Hill has been run as a residential environmental education centre there has been very little investment in the fabric of this special building. This is evident if you take a closer look at the house: some windows are warped so they cannot be opened; there is a bucket in the corner of the office to catch drips when it rains hard; the sedge ridge of the thatched roof will need replacing very soon; the heating system is archaic and inefficient; toilet and shower facilities are woefully inadequate – particularly for those with disabilities.
The whole house needs a bit of love and a lot of cash if it is to survive for another fifty years.
Please visit 50th Anniversary Appeal page for full details, and to donate via the Just Giving link. Thank you!