Quilt to be raffled to keep Exmouth museum ‘heart of the community’

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 May 2018

The 'heart of the community' quilt which will be raffled off to raise funds for Exmouth Museum. Picture: Jane Wood

The 'heart of the community' quilt which will be raffled off to raise funds for Exmouth Museum. Picture: Jane Wood

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A group of Exmouth quilters are hoping they can help keep the town’s much-loved museum at ‘the heart of the community’.

Quilting Fun, a group set up through Exmouth and District U3A, has created a heart-themed bed cover which will be raffled off in September to raise funds for Exmouth Museum.

The work of the museum and its volunteers has been under threat after landlord South West Water (SWW) announced its intention to sell its Sheppard’s Row home.

Museum trustees have been given the opportunity to raise funds to buy the building and need to raise £200,000. Some £130,000 is needed to purchase the building and £70,000 is required for vital structural work.

Claire Dawson, co-ordinator of the Quilting Fun group said the name of the quilt – ‘Heart of the Community’ – is apt for something that could raise vital funds for the museum.

She added: “I used to live in the next street, my kids went there [the museum], I visited there.

“It’s such a nice looking museum – I cannot give money, but we can make a quilt.”

It was after a chance meeting with the head steward of the museum, Brain Leader, at a Christmas bash, that the idea came about.

Claire added: “We had already started working on a heart quilt and we hadn’t made a decision about what we would do with it.

“I met Brian at the U3A Christmas dinner and he told us of the plight of the museum.

“We felt quite strongly that the museum should be the heart of the community.”

Brian has told the Journal that the appeal to save Exmouth’s heritage has so far yielded a total of £6,000, but he feels it is still ‘early days’, adding: “It’s going reasonably well, but we have got quite a long way to go.”

The ‘Heart of the Community quilt’ will be first prize in a draw to be held at the museum on September 29 at noon. A painting by a regional artist will be the second prize and third prize will be a two-course roast dinner for two at the Maltsters Arms, Woodbury.

Tickets, costing £1 each or £5 for a book, are available from the museum.

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