Ashwell Village Museum Heritage Fund

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Major Fundraising Initiative

By Peter Greener

Serious deterioration has been found in some of the structural timbers in the old part of the Museum.  The cost of a thorough restoration of this iconic building will be in the region of £200,000 to £250,000. 


The Museum Trustees have set up a Museum Heritage Fund to ensure that this work can be carried out to the highest standard and that Ashwell people and others will continue to benefit in the future from enhanced access to the community resources and educational work for which the Museum is already well known. The work being undertaken will make the building sound for at least another 100 years + providing a wonderful and lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy.


Community Fundraising Initiative

It is hoped that the Museum will be able to attract funding from various grant bodies, but these bring with them a requirement for a significant amount of fundraising from the local community.  A number of events and activities are being implemented in order to support this very worthwhile cause.



Auction of Promises and Things

Saturday 15 June

7.30 for 8pm at St Mary’s Church

Entry £3  (incl glass of wine & nibbles)

Tickets available on the door or in advance from

Rhubarb & Mustard / Ashwell Pharmacy / Village Stores / Museum



Prev?iew of Lots

Friday 14 June 7-9pm at the Parish Rooms

Saturday 15 June from 6pm at St Mary’s Church

Advance bids may made at the Previews. 


List of Lots / Bidding 

Lots can be viewed and bids made on the Auction website which should be checked regularly as new Lots are likely to be added over the next couple of weeks. 

There will be two types of auction - a ‘Silent’ and a ‘Live’ Auction. 


Silent Auction Lots 

Silent Auction Lots will not be included in the ‘Live Auction’. 


Bids can be placed either online on the auction website before 14th June and/or at either of the Preview evenings on Friday 14th June and before the ‘Live Auction’ on Saturday 15th June (bidding for ‘Silent Auction’ Lots will close at the interval during the Live Auction). Successful bids will be read out at the end of the Live Auction.


Live Auction Lots 

If you cannot attend the Live Auction on 15th June you may place a bid in advance either on the website before 14th June or at the Preview evenings (up to 7pm on the 15th June). 


The ‘Live Auction’ will be run in the normal way - any advance bids from those who cannot attend on 15th June will be included on behalf of the bidder and will be viewed as ‘maximum bids’. 


Payment for Lots

Payment for successful bids should be made on the night of the Live Auction by cash, credit/debit cards or cheque.


For successful bidders who are unable to attend the Live Auction, payment should be made within 7 days after the Live Auction, by cheque or cash only.





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