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Bexhill Rotarians welcomed at Museum

TWO very welcome visitors were greeted when Bexhill Museum held its pre-Christmas breakfast to thank the many volunteers who make its work possible.

The visitors were Bexhill Rotary Club president the Rev Paul Frostick and Rotarian John Cooper, chairman of the club’s community service committee.

The Rotarians came bearing a Christmas gift in the form of a most welcome cheque for £400.

With the exception of a Rother service level agreement grant, the independent, voluntarily-run museum is almost entirely dependent on its admissions charges for its income.

Accepting the cheque from the Rev Frostick, museum chairman John Betts summed up the feelings of everyone present when he said: “It is much appreciated.”

For the Rotarians this is a busy time. The club raised £4,000 with a charity golf tournament at Cooden Beach Golf Club in June. As John Cooper explained, the community services committee then put a total of ten local charities before the club council for approval.

Now in addition to the museum, cheques are being presented to Bexhill Parkinson’s Society branch, Homecall, Bexhill Caring Community, Senlac District Scouts, Bexhill Guides, the Training Ship Hastings, Bexhill Dementia Action, Macmillan Cancer Support and Sidley Burners BMX club.

The annual breakfast is the museum board’s way of thanking volunteers who undertake a host of essential tasks, from its maintenance team to compiling online information for its Access Centre, acting as gallery custodians to running the reception desk, assisting in the office to running such aspects of the museum’s work as its Stepping Out series of public walks, its education group, oral history group, its outings and caring for its costume collection.

Without them the museum could not run and new volunteers are always welcome.

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