Many local people, members and non-members, will know by now that the museum is suffering from serious structural issues due to damp getting in over a prolonged period and not being detected due to the internal cladding. It was only when some of the Society’s books got damp were we alerted to the seriousness of the situation.
We were lucky enough to get the original investigation work done ‘pro bono’ and the two quotes from specialists in the field, both confirmed that work to rectify the damage to the front and to explore further damp issues will amount to around £6000
Of course we could have recommended to members that we give up the museum and revert to being just a local history group. We hope you agree with us that would have been sad. The building is clearly ‘loved’, not just by members but by local people. The museum gives a focus to what we do and enables us to show off many of the artefacts and photographs that local people have donated over the years.
As we did not feel it was responsible to use all our reserves we have asked local businesses to come to our rescue and there has been an amazing response..
THANK YOU SEND AND THANK YOU RIPLEY
The raffle tickets are now available from the Museum (open every Saturday morning 10 -12.30) and from some local businesses so please get on board and join in the chance to win one of the fantastic prizes.
First prize of £100.
Other prizes (in no special order) include:
A one night stay in Broadway Barn B&B
A rug from the Ripley Carpet Company
A free MOT from ACK
2 X breakfast voucher from Astalet
A voucher from The Ripley barbers
£50 vouchers from Ripley Farmers Market
Voucher for tour for 4 backstage at Surrey History Centre
A beautiful glass Bowl from Jo Downs
Dinner for 2 at the Talbot
Tasting lunch for 2 at The Clock House
A voucher for £30 from The Jovial Sailor
A bottle of wine from Patel’s papershop in Send
A Family ticket from Brooklands
A voucher from the New Inn
£100 voucher from The Anchor in Ripley
A bottle of Fizz!
2 bottles of wine from Wills and Smerdon
The draw will take place on 22nd July at the Ripley Summer Event so plenty of time to buy tickets
Please pop in to see us any Saturday morning from 10-12.30. (PLEASE NOTE REMEDIAL WORK WILL REQUIRE CLOSURE OF THE MUSEUM FOR AT LEAST ONE WEEKEND MAY 20TH) A NEW EXHIBITION WILL FOLLOW –HOPEFULLY ON MAY 27TH