Downham Market Heritate Society receives £70.000 grant for museum project

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Plans to create a museum for Downham has taken a major step forward after receiving a £71,656 grant.

Downham Market and District Heritage Society has been working tirelessly to raise £646,000 to transform the town’s former fire station into a heritage and learning centre.

Now the project is a step closer to reality after receiving the latest grant from WREN earlier this week.

Members have already received £386,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

They have applications and fundraising events planned to find the final £90,000. This includes the £12,000 fundraising target members have set themselves. The group has raised £4,826 so far.

Society chairman Dave Flower said: “I’m getting really excited now that the project is progressing so well. I am confident that our team will succeed in raising the rest of the funding in due course.

“Having worked alongside the team responsible for the project from day one it is very encouraging to see that this major funding organisation has the confidence in us to give us this sizeable grant for which we are very grateful.”

WREN managing director Peter Cox said “WREN makes a difference to people’s lives by awarding grants to many projects across

the UK. The fact that this is a multifaceted building, incorporating not only a community building, but a heritage centre, makes it even more worthy for us to support.”