MEMBERS COME UP TRUMPS! Museum Repairs
In 2017 it was discovered that the museum was suffering from serious structural issues due to damp getting in over a prolonged period and not being detected because of the internal cladding. The front supporting beam in particular was completely rotten.
While the Society was lucky enough to get the original investigation work done pro bono, the remedial work was expensive. However the specialist firm that carried out the work are confident that the building has at least another twenty years of life.
Thanks to the support the Society received from the local parish councils, local businesses and a raffle, which was well supported by the members, the Society raised over £5,000 and the remainder came from Society reserves.
The draw for the raffle was made at the 2017 Ripley Summer Event (a misnomer, as it was cold and extremely wet!).