THE Wymering Manor Trust has applied for £50,000 but it needs votes from the people of Portsmouth to receive the cash.
Trustees of the manor, in Old Wymering Lane, Portsmouth, applied for the money through ITV’s programme The People’s Millions.
Working with the Big Lottery Fund, the programme gives community projects £50,000.
Yesterday, a crew from ITV was at the manor filming the work that goes on which will appear on the show on November 26.
Year 4 pupils from Medina Primary School were also at the manor to show their support for the historic building.
They coloured in banners and listened to stories told by characters who might have once lived in the manor.
Councillor Rob Wood, who is a trustee, said: ‘We decided to apply for the money from The People’s Millions to make sure the children can learn what Wymering Manor is all about.
‘It is about securing one of the oldest buildings in Portsmouth and making sure the children themselves have a stake in it.
‘If we get the money it will go towards the upkeep of the garden but also other rooms in the house.
‘We want them brought back into use so children can still come along while we do up the rest of the building.’
With the money, the trust hopes to restore the kitchen and make the old music room into a community area.
It also hopes to get internet in the building so children can visit the manor and learn about it and the city’s history.
But the trustees just want the building to become the heart of the community again.
Trustee Ben French said: ‘From my understanding, Wymering Manor was always at the heart of the community irrespective of whether a family owned it or not. It’s been the place where locals are invited to come and be apart of the big family and so our aim is to place the manor back into that spot into the community.’
GET BEHIND THE WYMERING MANOR AND VOTE
FOR Wymering Manor to win the £50,000 from The People’s Millions, it needs the people of Portsmouth to vote.
On November 26, The Wymering Manor will appear on the ITV Six o’clock News and go up against Oxford-based TRAX to Work which offers disadvantaged young people training, qualifications and experience of running a business.
The People’s Millions is split into regions and each has six finalists. Two of the finalists are then put against each other to win the most votes from the public. The winning project gets the £50,000.
But, there is another £50,000 up for grabs.
Out of the projects which come second over the three nights, the project with the highest votes will also be given £50,000 for its project.
Lines for voting open at 9am of the broadcast day and close at midnight.
To vote for the Wymering Manor visit peoplesmillions.org.uk