Councillor Ruth O'Keeffe MBE, as Chair of Lewes District Council, sought 52 nominations of voluntary organisations in the District so that their contribution to the community could be recognised. Lewes Priory Trust was one of those nominated and received a certificate and a cheque for £100 at a ceremony in Newhaven Fort on 16 April 2016.
The annual Angel Awards, founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and supported by the Telegraph, celebrate the efforts of local people who have saved historic buildings and places.
The Trust was encouraged to submit the 2010 major work on Lewes Priory in 2011 but it was not shortlisted. We were again invited in 2015 and this time received a Certificate of Recognition.
The Federation of Sussex Amenity Societies (FOSAS) judged that "The Priory of St Pancras has benefited from expert renovation, conservation and interpretation; enabling public access for future generations." Their inaugural Conservation & Design Award 2015 was presented to Lewes Priory Trust, Richard Andrews (Architect) and Kier Construction (Building Contractor) at a ceremony in Haywards Heath on 11 May 2015.
The Friends of Lewes, the Lewes Civic Society, has given an award to Lewes Priory Trust for "a significant contribution to the enhancement of the character of Lewes" for the
Restoration and Enhancement of the Priory of St Pancras
The ceremony took place at the offices of Axiom Architects on 25 November 2013. Individual certificates were presented to John Lawrence (President), Andy Gammon (Graphic Designer), Richard Andrews (Architect) and Kate Hickmott (Education Manager).
Award Winner New Sussex Landscape Category
The award is for the "Restoration of a derelict historical site creating access, education and information for locals and tourists". The citation read:
PRIORY PARK restoration, LEWES, in the New Sussex Landscape category This long neglected site of the former Cluniac Priory has been transformed into an area of historical, archaeological and recreational interest to both the general public and educational establishments. The sympathetically restored landscape is a pleasant environment for dog walkers, cyclists, children and school groups with well designed benches, footpaths and interpretation boards. This was a carefully planned and executed project involving grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage. The judges spoke to several passers by during their visit who all said they were delighted at the transformation of the site which means it is now a valued open space for locals and tourists alike.
Highly Commended in the Landscape & Gardens Category
The annual Sussex Heritage Trust Awards are designed to recognise and reward high quality conservation, restoration and good design of newly built projects and encourage the use of traditional skills and crafts.
There are eight categories of Awards. The winners receive a hand crafted slate plaque to be attached to the building. There may also be Highly Commended projects in any given category. All parties involved in the winning projects receive Certificates.