Monday, 4 November 2013

First Monthly Meeting The Edenbridge Museum

Two Firsts for Edenbridge U3A 
on Tuesday 24th September
(adapted from a report by Jo Scott, Edenbridge Committee)

This was the first Monthly Meeting and was attended by approximately 50 members. The first publication of the Quarterly Newsletter was also distributed.

Guest Speaker
Jane Higgs was the guest speaker and spoke about ‘The Edenbridge Museum and the Search for Local History’. With the help of slides, Jane showed how Church House, which has medieval origins, was renovated to how you see it today. This was made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. A tremendous amount of work was involved to gather and log the 700 objects required to be registered as a Museum. This was undertaken by an army of volunteers under the guidance of a part time professional curator.

The Museum was finally opened by Lord Astor in the year 2000 with a big parade through Edenbridge High Street.

The Chairman, Sue Bell thanked Jane very much for the interesting talk which was well received by those present. She was pleased to report that a least a dozen courses were up and running and that the Spanish Group now has a Group Contact.

The Group Co-Coordinator, Molly Ward, explained that we have some study groups that are still in need of a Group Contact. She emphasized that the Contact does not need to be an expert on the subject.

Web site administrator, Stephen Harding, explained that the website is for the benefit of members and that he would like some help providing content for it. He would therefore welcome as much feedback as possible, including pictures and reports from the Study Groups as well as their calendar dates. He explained that he is also responsible for e-mailing Members. He reminded people that If anyone does not want to receive the e-mails, there is a facility on the web site to  ‘unsubscribe’.

The meeting then broke up for refreshments. This gave the Members the opportunity to view the artefacts Jane had bought, collect their copy of the newsletter, enrol for membership or just chat with friends and enjoy a cup of tea and cake. 

Thanks to those who gave up their time to provide refreshments and organise the meeting.

Artifacts from the Museum
Getting to know each other
Guest Speaker Jane Higgs