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2016-01 Newsletter



The Museum opened its doors in time for Easter 2015 with some new displays and exhibitions.  

These had been put together by Jane Harford and her helpers and proved to be a great success.  

James, our Manager, regrettably resigned due to ill-health at the beginning of the season, but we 

were lucky to have an immediate replacement in Carol Briggs.  Despite virtually no time to 

acclimatise, she quickly settled in and has done a sterling job.  Regrettably, one of our stalwarts, 

Hugh Frith, died suddenly in the summer.  Hugh was a long-standing and tireless member of the 

Friends, and a former Chairman.  He is sadly missed.


Our annual BBQ was held in August at the Village Hall.  We were lucky with the weather and were 

able to have tables outside as well.  The event raised £836.50.  After the success of the 2014 Xmas 

coffee morning at the Hall, it was decided to retain the same venue for 2015.  Once again this was 

successful, raising £555.30 towards funds.  We are planning a quiz night with pie and mash on Friday 

26th February.  All these events are made possible by a dedicated group of Friends who make up our 

“catering committee”, and we would be lost without them.  We have again been able to pass over to 

the Trust £4000 for 2015.  Also in 2015, it was decided to abolish set entry fees and go to a voluntary 

donation system, using a milk churn in the shop.  This has proved very rewarding, raising a similar 

amount to last year, although as this can now be gift-aided, effectively meaning an increase in entry 



This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Museum opening its doors to the public, and it is 

planned to reflect this in our 2016 exhibition.  The Trust are altering and redecorating the shop area 

with help from the National Trust, which will make a larger space in which to retail all our local Arts 

and Crafts which have proved very popular.  The Trust are also redesigning the exhibition areas, 

which will allow a much improved experience for visitors.  Our A.G.M will be held on Tuesday May 

10th, with our famous Pate & Pud.  Our speaker will be Robin Ravilious, wife of James Ravilious the 

celebrated N. Devon photographer, who will give a talk and slide show featuring his iconic farming 

and countryside photos of the 70s and 80s.  Something not to be missed.  Our lucrative tractor and 

trailer rides will continue, and we are hoping to increase the number of trips this year.  We have a 

small rota of volunteers to man the shop, but urgently need more.  If you can spare a few hours a 

week we would be very pleased to hear from you, as the number of volunteers can actively dictate 

our opening times.   These will be based upon last year’s at the moment, but exact times will be 

available shortly and we are hoping to add Fridays.

A reminder that you can access our website on

We look forward to an even more successful 2016 and hope to see you at the Museum.

Peter Brignall, Chair, Friends Committee.   29th January 2016