Saturday 28th April 2018 was a big milestone for the Trust, when it officially opened the newly refurbished Foot Buildings to the public. This was a culmination of 10 years of campaigning and two years of renovation in what has been one of the largest capital projects to date undertaken by the Trust.
The result is a rejuvenated “street of light”, supported by the Percentage for Art Scheme, and the refurbishment of three near derelict but important early C19 town houses.
You will now see the Locke’s Café busily serving coffees and food al fresco and Ian and Ruth Rolls displaying their works of art in the gallery of No 4 and families are “living above the shop” in apartments full of period detail and character.
Of course none of this would have been possible without a great deal of support and team work and the generous financial bequests of Mrs Anne Herrod, Mrs Mollie Houston and Mr & Mrs Jack Trotman. We hope that we have created something which fully justifies their faith in the work of the Trust and provides a lasting legacy of which we can all be duly proud.
The National Trust for Jersey is a member of the International National Trust Organisation (INTO) each year INTO hold a conference for all National Trust members and in 2019 this was held in Bermuda.
At the conference an award ceremony is held for members to demonstrate one or more of the following categories:-
- Open to All
- Open House
- Open Minds
- Open for Business
The overall submissions in 2019 were of a high quality and the Jury had in-depth discussions over the winners in each category, according to Catherine Leonard, INTO Secretary-General. The independent Jury members – Judy Cligman (Heritage Lottery Fund), Debbie Dance (Oxford Preservation Trust), Valerie Humphrey (Westminster Abbey Foundation), Kate Pugh (Cultural Protection Fund) and Jane Weeks (Consultant, formerly of British Council) – selected five winners.
The winners of the INTO Excellence Awards were announced at a special ceremony.
Catherine said: “The Awards celebrate the very best of our member organisations’ work around the world, often undertaken amid difficult circumstances and without seeking glory or acclaim but just trying to look after our global heritage for future generations. The Jury selected winners that will delight and inspire all those involved in heritage conservation, wherever they are in the world.”
The National Trust for Jersey were thrilled to be awarded the INTO excellence award in the Open for Business category for the renovation of The Foot Buildings. A true recognition of all the hard work and effort by a large group of people to achieve the renovation and bring life back to this corner of St Helier.