Elfan Ap ReesA Message from the Chairman of the Trustees
This is being written at a very frustrating time in the
Museum’s history, with our £4.5 million Heritage Lottery
fund bid sadly rejected as too ambitious, and the lease of the adjoining land and buildings still not finalised.
Let’s look at the latter first.
I remain fairlyconfident that it will happen, but am still not quite surewhen and if we can agree all the details. It is fair to saythat the developer land-owners are carrying out works inreadiness: the low-level-street lighting is in place andthey have cleared most of the area, including cuttingback hedges and brambles and have demolished thederelict garage building. Hopefully we will be able toagree on the boundary fence next to make the land
secure, but I’m not holding my breath!
On the HLF bid, we had been warned not toexpect success this first time around, if only because thebacklog of applications is greater than the moneyavailable. It therefore seems par for the course that bigapplications are denied to start with. Having said that,the team that put the bid together did a very thorough job. The business case was sound, our record speaks foritself and the plans and documents submitted were of the highest quality. In our case the HLF is suggesting weshould instead consider a phased approach. This issomething we will have to work on. We will also clearlyneed to raise more match funding.To help this effort we have produced a documentwith the salient information on it, including illustrationsand a breakdown of project section costs to encouragesponsorship. If you have a company, group or otherfunding sources that you can approach, ask Lee or Johnfor a copy that you can use in a laptop or PCpresentation.Many Thanks,Elfan Ap ReesChairman of the Trustees
A Message from the Editor
The last four months have been extremely busy for bothstaff members and volunteers. A plethora of events havetaken place over the busy summer period, all of whichcould not have happened without the help of a dedicatedvolunteer team. From washing up dishes, parking cars,showing people to their helicopter rides, taking money inthe shop and all manner of other jobs, you folks havebeen amazing. A big thank you must therefore beextended to all our volunteers from the staff membersthat you have helped. Given the high number of eventsover the past four months I have decided to make thisissue an events roundup special. In the centre fold youwill find a number of pictures from the Stars of Time Sci-Fi extravaganza, the World War 2 hangar dance andmuch much more. I hope you enjoy them.The last paragraph brings me to another pointthat I should mention. It has indeed been four monthssince the last newsletter and not the usual two. I mustapologise for this, it is entirely my own fault! A heavydose of dissertation panic did however prevent me fromputting digit to keyboard. Thankfully though, despite allthe late nights evidenced by my titanic consumption of coffee at the Museum, I have now completed my MA.Thank you to the staff at the Museum for both your kindwords of encouragement and your flexibility with myworking hours. Similarly I would like to thank allvolunteers who took an interest in my work and/orhelped out with the odd bit of proof reading.The newsletter will now return to the usualschedule, with articles being put to print every twomonths. I therefore encourage you to contact me witharticle ideas, which many of you have already. I really doneed your input to make this a useful and interestingfeature.I hope that you enjoy this issue,John ClewsCollection Officer
As mentioned in a previous newsletter, the Museum nowoffers Cub and Scout groups the opportunity to completean Air Activities Badge as part of their visit to theMuseum. This has been a most successful avenue for usand the various groups that have visited. Do you know ascout or anyone associated with a scouting group orsimilar organisation? Why not give us a mention! ContactShaly at the Museum for more details.
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You may be a social media guru or a techno sceptic, but I
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ok page.Assistant Manager Shaly Dee has recently taken the reinsof the page and is doing a great job of renovating andadding new content to this very useful medium. Likingour page will keep you up to date with recent museumevents, allowing you to view selected pictures whichMuseum staff members have posted online.
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