Downham Market museum bid step closer after £71,000 grant

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The people behind plans to convert a former fire station into a museum now have just £90,000 to raise after securing another large grant.

Downham Market and District Heritage Society are a step closer towards the dream of creating a heritage and learning centre thanks to a £71,656 grant from Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN).

The group needs to raise £650,000 to create a heritage hub, which would include an exciting schools programme, themed events and exhibitions overseen by a part time learning officer and administrator.

Members, who also received £386,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, now need to raise the final £90,000, which includes the £12,000 target the group has set itself. The society has so far raised £4,826 since February.

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.”

The group aims to open the Priory Road building, which will have toilets, kitchen and the meeting room, five-days-a-week. It will also be used to showcase the society’s collections.

WREN managing director Peter Cox said that this was a worthy project for support.