Rotherham amphitheatre up for national award

An amphitheatre project at Rotherham’s Boston Castle has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award at the 2013 Biffa Awards, a ceremony which recognises the people who transform their communities and improve the environment through Biffa Award funded projects.

The Boston Castle and Courtyard Restoration project will now compete against three other projects from across the country for the chance to be named winner of the ‘Cultural Facilities’ category, and receive a £2,000 prize.

The Friends of Boston Castle and Parklands, who are delivering the project, originally received £50,000 in funding from Biffa Award to remodel Boston Castle’s current courtyard for it to serve as a future external events area and amphitheatre as part of a larger scheme to restore the exterior and interior of the Castle.

With the project completing in the last financial year, it was invited to enter this year’s Biffa Awards in the Cultural Facilities category.

Competition was fierce, with more than 240 projects eligible to enter the Awards under five different categories: Community Buildings, Cultural Facilities, Rebuilding Biodiversity, Recreation and Small Grants.

The Biffa Awards ceremony 2013 will be held on September 24 at ThinkTank Birmingham Science Museum, where the winners will be announced. Category winners will each receive a trophy and prize money of £2,000, which can be used to further develop their project.

Each winner then has the chance of being crowned the Overall Winner for 2013, receiving a further £1,000 prize.


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