News is showing the rape of Lottery funds for the Olympic enterprise. I have found the following and wonder if anyone knows whether there was ever a response?
A story in the Telegraph revealed that a Â£48000 lottery grant is being used to make a film about the âtraditionsâ of gypsy travellers.
The film will be shown to schoolchildren in Hampshire. I have written the following letter to the chief executive of the Lottery.
If my application is unsuccesful (as I suspect it will be) it might at least prompt them to think about the double standards they apply when handing out barrel loads of cash to groups who want preferential treatment.
Copy of Letter to Carole Souter Director Heritage Lottery Fund 7 Holbein Place London:
I am writing to you in the hope that you might see fit to consider my interesting, vital and culturally-relevant application for a grant from the âYour Heritageâ scheme.
Following on from the Â£48,000 you gave for the production of a video aimed at giving schoolchildren a greater understanding of the culture and traditions of âGypsy Travellers,â I am very keen to commission an equally âusefulâ and âinformativeâ piece of film that will serve to educate said âgypsy travellersâ on some of the ancient traditions and communal practices of another group of people, who we might called âsettled folkâ.
I use the term to describe that large group of people in Britain who opt to live their lives in houses or flats. Although large in number âsettled folkâ often face prejudice and misunderstanding from gypsy travellers when they come into contact with them.
I should like my film to focus on such issues as the importance which the âsettled communityâ place on property rights, their rigid adherence to an ancient code which they refer to as âplanning regulations,â and the time honoured custom of clearing up oneâs rubbish. Should time allow we could also include a section about the cardboard circle which settled folk purchase annually from post offices and use to adorn their vehicles - known as a tax disc.
The film could then be distributed to traveller sites across the country to give travellers an insight into the customs of the settled community. I am sure you will agree that this film will be as worthwhile and relevant as the one currently being made in Hampshire. I look forward to receiving confirmation that you find this project acceptable and will ask a film maker to get in touch.