Key moment for Downham Market Heritage Centre

Topping out/Keys handover at the new Heritage Centre Downham Market.'LtoR, Deborah Milligan and Joff Whitten (Both from Heritage Lottery), John Stephenson, MP Elizabeth Truss, Dave Flower, Downham Mayor John Fox, Steven Seals (builder), Kathleen Wiseman, Peter Cox (from Wren) ANL-151210-085648009
Topping out/Keys handover at the new Heritage Centre Downham Market.'LtoR, Deborah Milligan and Joff Whitten (Both from Heritage Lottery), John Stephenson, MP Elizabeth Truss, Dave Flower, Downham Mayor John Fox, Steven Seals (builder), Kathleen Wiseman, Peter Cox (from Wren) ANL-151210-085648009
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The project to create a heritage centre in Downham has moved forward a key step forward at the weekend.

Downham and District Heritage Society have working hard for years to convert the town’s former Fire Station into a £650,000 heritage and learning centre.

Builders Steven Seals began work in April but now handed over the keys to chairman Dave Flowers during a ceremony on Sunday.

This was a pivotal moment for members who have been working for nine years to create the Discover Downham Centre. Heritage Lottery and Wren grants have supported the project.

Now members will be gearing up for next year’s opening.

Society member Christine Austin said: “The building stage has been a surprisingly pleasant experience.

“The next stage is going to be exciting as the society and volunteers start to fit out the building and create the displays.”

The society is also appealing for support to help fund improvements to the garden.

Members have set aside £3,000 to transform the garden into a shingled and paved area with planting. But unfortunately the group is going to need more to complete this work.

The society is again taking part in Grow Your Tenner, an annual match funding campaign run by Localgiving. Last time they raised £1,752.50.

The campaign, which runs from October 13 to November 18, will see every £10 donation doubled and with the addition of gift aid that could become £21.76. To support the group go to: www.localgiving.com/charity/downhamheritage