Backing – Bailey Hill, Mold

Eira Hughes, chair of the Friends of Bailey Hill, with Lynn and Chris Bithell at a fund-raising coffee morning they held for the Bailey Hill project.

Over the last seven years ambitious plans have been developed in order to stop the decline of the distinctive character and historic significance of Bailey Hill, Mold.

Bailey Hill is the site of a Norman Castle set in the historic market town. The site was secured as a park for the people of Mold by public subscription in 1870, and has remained as a public park since then, providing an important green space within the town centre.

The entire site is owned by Flintshire County Council (FCC), and lies within a Conservation Area and is also designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

An application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to implement many items on the Bailey Hill Masterplan, was submitted by FCC at the end of February, in partnership with Mold Town Council and the Friends of Bailey Hill. The application is for a delivery award of £963,700 as part of the £1,301,970 scheme.

Richard Bellamy Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Wales, visiting Bailey Hill with members of the Bailey Hill project steering group – Eira Hughes, Friends of Bailey Hill; consultant Claire Halestrap from Harrison Design, Samantha Roberts, Mold Town Clerk; and Sophie Fish, principal museums’ officer at Aura (representing FCC)

In April we had a visit from Richard Bellamy Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Wales, and later this month a member of the HLF Welsh decision-making committee will look round the park. By the end of June we should hear if the application has been successful. We’ve been advised that competition this year is fierce.

There has been a monumental effort by many people, including the previous Mayor of Mold, Bob Gaffey, to raise the match-funding needed for the HLF award, which is now down to the last seven thousand pounds.

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