Many Stewards and Committee Members met at the Museum on Saturday 4 November to celebrate another successful season and so that Chairman, Roger Radcliffe, could thank all those involved for their hard work and enthusiasm over coffee and biscuits.
Shop Manager, Mike Furness, gave an upbeat report on shop sales and John Oaksford, the Stewards’ Rota Organiser, thanked all the Stewards and especially those who had filled the difficult Sunday slot.
The Museum welcomed 5133 visitors in 2017 (5010 in 2016) which was very pleasing. It’s always nice to break the 5000 barrier.
Visitors came from 21 different overseas countries, as well as from all corners of the United Kingdom. Germany provided the most overseas visitors (50) – was this the Rosamunde Pilcher factor? Australia came second (46) and the USA third (27). Most American visitors came from California and most Australians from Victoria. We had a handful of visitors from Sweden, Italy, New Zealand and France, and single visitors from Poland, Portugal, Uruguay and Kuwait.
Overwhelmingly the comments in the Visitors’ Book were very positive, praising the displays, the children’s activities and the “lovely” Stewards, the new surfing display drawing much favourable comment.
Here’s a selection of visitors’ comments!
- Thank you for the surf exhibition – reason we came (a visitor from California)
- Must be one of the best of its kind. Really informative
- Very touched by the memorials to all those remembered on the war memorials – touching and so impressive
- Daughter loved the Cuckoo Hunt. Warm welcome
- Came to see the Opie pictures
- Loved the model of the station
- Really loved the picture of the bellyboards
- Admire the dedication of the volunteers
- Dorca’s ghost gave me goosebumps
- Researching ancestors (an Australian visitor)
The Editor Mandy Kimmins very kindly printed an article in the October edition of The Bolster about recent donations to the Museum collection which included a photo of the crested china from Three Burrows Primitive Methodist Chapel.
Crested china from Blackwater Methodist Church
To our delight the photo was seen by a Blackwater lady who immediately contacted the Museum to offer some similar crested china from Blackwater Methodist Church, together with a photocopy of the Order of Service for the final service in 1985. This time the china consists of a cup, saucer and plate, all in pristine condition. Of course, the Museum was delighted to accept her offer and I enjoyed an hour reminiscing when the gift was brought to the Museum.
St Agnes Museum has just acquired three items for its collection – all very different, but equally appreciated.
Set of crested china from Three Burrows Primitive Methodist Church
Firstly, we were given this set of crested china from Three Burrows Primitive Methodist Church, together with a photo of the china in use at a Tea Treat. Three Burrows Methodist Church was built just outside St Agnes Parish boundary, but as many of its worshippers came from Blackwater, this gift fitted our criteria for accepting it into our collection.
Our second donation is a lovely original painting of Rocky Lane by one of the village’s best loved artists, the late Gwen Clay.
The third item, which we bought at auction, is a set of three keys, each impressed with “GWR”, tied together with an old luggage label with St Agnes Station written in spidery handwriting.
Ten newly-elected members of St Agnes Parish Council – the Museum’s landlord – enjoyed a glass of wine or apple juice as part of their private evening visit to the Museum. They asked many questions and concluded that the Museum was a credit to the Parish.