Budleigh residents urged to support their museum

PUBLISHED: 12:30 24 April 2016

The Fairlynch Museum in Budleigh Salterton. Ref exb 5353-45-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

The Fairlynch Museum in Budleigh Salterton. Ref exb 5353-45-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Residents in Budleigh Salterton are being asked to come together to support the town’s museum.

Fairlynch Museum, in Fore Street, which has recently reopened for the summer season, is looking to raise between £5,000 and £6,000 to fund roof repairs.

The museum’s roof was thatched four years ago and, due to being exposed to the elements, needs to be repaired.

It had been suggested recently that people could sponsor the museum for a day to raise the funds.

Councillor Caz Sismore-Hunt, who is a representative for the museum on the town council, said: “It costs £50 a day to run the museum and a suggestion was made that people could sponsor the museum for one day a year.

“I think this is a brilliant idea. If anyone wanted to help the museum to raise funds, they could sponsor the museum for one day a year.”

The museum has benefited from Heritage Lottery grants and money donated by generous benefactors in the past.

Michael Downes, who is head of local history at the museum, said Fairlynch was willing to consider any idea.

He said: “The building is expensive to maintain, but is such an architectural gem that it’s well worth making sure that it will survive for the enjoyment of future generations.

“Various sources of funding, such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, have enabled us over the years to stage our exhibitions.

“We have also benefited from the occasional bequest, allowing us to pay for building maintenance projects.”

People who want to help can ring 01395 442666.

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