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TV cameras were in Broomfield Park this week filming the ruins of Broomfield House and interviewing Councillor Del Goddard about the prospects for its future. The footage is intended for a programme which is expected to be shown on BBC next month. The following report is by Colin Younger of the Broomfield House Working Party.

Filming for the BBC-commissioned programme as a follow-up to the 2003 series “Restoration” series took place in Broomfield Park on 11th November. The two presenters, Ptolemy Dean and Marianne Suhr, were filmed in the Conservatory discussing their original visit to Broomfield House in 2003, and outside the ruin viewing its current state. It seems unlikely that they would be doing anything less than shaking their heads in sorrow! Indeed they may have been heard to use the words “national disgrace”, but how much will be aired remains to be seen.


Broomfield Park - interview with Des GoddardCouncillor Del Goddard is interviewed in Broomfield BandstandLater, under the Bandstand, Councillor Del Goddard was interviewed, and from what we heard spoke positively about recent efforts to restore the House and open it to the community, and what might happen next. Various members of the Working Group were then interviewed about their ideas and ambitions for the House. We are all very conscious of the funding issues involved in re-opening the House and Stable yard, and hope that the film might reach an individual or organisation with both sympathy and the funds to help raise the capital needed.

The programme also squeezes in restoration work on three or four other historic properties in the London area. It will be broadcast in the BBC1 Monday 7.30pm slot possibly as early as 2nd December.

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Basil Clarke posted a reply #148 23 Nov 2013 00:29
It now appears that the programme will go out on BBC1 at 7.30pm on Thursday 5th December
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Colin Younger posted a reply #154 07 Dec 2013 18:03
Those who watched the BBC1 programme “Restoring England’s Heritage” coverage of Broomfield House will be in no doubt about the need for significant investment to restore the House and re-open it to the community.

However, the programme showed what can be done with the right level of funding, even to a badly damaged and neglected building.

What wasn’t presented was the significant progress made by the Council and community groups working together to approach the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The community group drafted the initial joint approach, and the Council funded the expert development of the actual bid which was made with very significant further inputs from the community group.

The programme didn’t have time to explain that the HLF specifically don’t want the Council to increase it’s contribution beyond the £1m which they have pledged; instead they want a wider range of contributors to become involved.

The estimated costs of rebuilding and restoring Broomfield House and reopening it to the public are £6.4m. The indications are that the HLF will look positively at a revised bid for £2m, and Enfield has pledged £1m. Working with Enfield, we are now looking for a donor or donors who will make significant pledges of the same order. We hope that the programme might have sparked the interest of such generous sources. In the meantime we do need contributions, of any size, to fund the continued work of the Broomfield House Trust.

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