Grant Aid


The Centre has just taken delivery of 6 new 10 inch tablets with detachable keyboards!

Funding for the tablets was secured by a donation of five hundred pounds from Appleby Rotary Club and a three hundred and fifty pound grant funding allocation from the Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation (administered by Cumbria CVS).

The Centre is very grateful for this support, this will enhance our IT provision.  If you know of a group who would like to improve their IT skills please contact us for more information.  We can tailor training to your group`s requirements and with the added advantage of “portable” equipment we can deliver training in premises of your choice.

Learners using the new tablets donated by Appleby Rotary Club and Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation  at Appleby Heritage Centre.Image may contain: 3 people, people sitting, office and indoor


Recently Appleby Heritage Centre received some fantastic news.  Following a submission to the Community Minibus Fund in December 2016 the centre was advised that we were one of forty lucky recipients of a BRAND NEW minibus!

The Department of Transport is funding a new 17 seat accessible minibus which will be available for use by community groups, alongside our usual student movements.

The new minibus will be delivered between September 2017 and December 2018.

Watch this space for updates!!

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Thrilled to learn that have been successful in their bid for funding from Community Minibus Fund.

Appleby Emergency Response Group

Appleby Training and Heritage Centre was a lucky recipient of a grant provided by the Appleby Flood Relief Fund in 2016.  The Centre was awarded seven hundred and fifty pounds, this was used to part finance a new metal cutter which will be widely used by our students, young and old alike.  As  a thank you the Centre decided to fabricate two portable sand hoppers to be donated back to the Appleby Emergency Response Group , to be used in the unfortunate event of another flood in the town.  The sand hoppers will be situated on either side of the river Eden so that a quick and effective response can be coordinated.

Students duly fabricated the sand hoppers, with metal kindly donated by Lakeland Laser, a company based in Kirkby Stephen.  This was a really worthwhile project as students gained more experience of working to scale drawings with very small tolerances.

Police and Crime Commissioner`s Community Fund

In the Summer of 2016 Appleby Training and Heritage Centre submitted an application to the Police and Crime Commissioner`s Community Fund.  The application was successful and Peter McCall (Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria) awarded our centre six thousand pounds.  Part of the grant allocated has been spent on purchasing additional motor vehicle equipment to enhance our learners experience; equipment purchased includes : a new 1 post lift, headlamp beam setter with rails, tyre changer and wheel balancer  and other smaller sundry items such as inspection lamps.  As the grant application was focused on reducing anti=-social behaviour and improving youth prospects the Centre has set about engaging with local target groups; namely, young people who will benefit from increased awareness and knowledge around safe driving behaviours, how to maintain your car, how to inspect your vehicle for road safety, emergency first aid and the impact of antisocial behaviour on your local area.  Our staff are finalising delivery dates for training with several local groups.

The Centre was very fortunate to have a visit from Mr McCall on 21st November, Mr McCall spent some time viewing our engineering and motor vehicle workshops and chatting with current students.  He was very impressed with the students enthusiasm and skill base and the students in turn, were very pleased that Mr McCall had found time in his busy schedule to pay them a visit.

Appleby Training and Heritage Centre are able to offer FREE training to qualifying groups and individuals.


Voluntary groups can benefit from free training in areas such as:

  • First Aid for volunteers
  • Food Safety for volunteers
  • Manual Handling for volunteers
  • COSHH (Control of substances hazardous to health) training for volunteers
  • IT training for volunteers
  • Emergency First Aid / Life Saving for Volunteers

Please make enquiries via our telephone 017683 53350 of e-mail

Normally we need a minimum of 10 people on each course for it to be viable, the course is FREE to volunteers but not to Appleby Training & Heritage Centre as we have our usual running costs to cover.


Additionally the centre can provide FREE high quality training to individuals within our community.  Currently we have a full programme of IT training planned for local people.

Areas covered include :

  • How to Skype
  • How to use Face Time
  • Get to know your Tablet
  • Improvers Tablet
  • Introduction to IT and many more.

Please contact the centre for more details.

Most classes take place in our own purpose equipped classrooms, however, we can send tutors to a venue of your choice, if this is of benefit to our learners.