Celebration as manor is given £50,000 grant

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IT WAS a joyous day for members of the Wymering Manor Trust as they received a £50,000 grant.

The trust, which operates out of the manor, off Old Wymering Lane, is celebrating after it found out it won the cash windfall from ITV programme The People’s Millions.

It entered the competition, in which the public helps to decide which local community projects get up to £50,000. The group was up against a social enterprise project from Oxford called Trax which helps disadvantaged young people and did not win on its night.

But Wymering Manor Trust was still named runner-up to take the welcome financial boost.

Andrew Mason, a trustee, said: ‘We are delighted. A little bit relieved as well but it’s great.

‘It is great to have the funds to be able to put our plans into place. We will probably receive the money in January but that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning now.’

All this week, six groups have been fighting for the chance to win the £50,000. Each night, two groups were put against each other and the one with the most votes won £50,000.

But the votes for the runner-up spot were also counted and the project with the most votes also won the money.

Andrew added: ‘When we found out we hadn’t won on Tuesday, it was a bit disappointing but you wake up the next day and you move on. We were up against a great project that are well-established in Oxford and have been going for 20 years so they would have been hard to beat.

‘But we are really delighted at getting the money.’

The £50,000 will go towards three separate projects in the manor, including the old music room, the kitchen and the garden.

The trust wants to make the music room a community area for kids.

Councillor Rob Wood, who is also a trustee, said: ‘It is fantastic news that we can start making this manor the centre of the community again.

‘We want to make the music room a place where children can come and enjoy the facilities.

‘The grounds are being used already so that’s one step in the right direction but its about making them all cohesive.

‘We want children to learn about the history of the manor which is one of the oldest houses in Portsmouth.

‘It would have watched the ships coming in and is an important piece of history.

‘Winning the money is just brilliant.’