Busy Winter Coffee Morning raises “amazing” funds

Winter Coffee Morning 2021

The Museum was delighted to welcome back a huge number of Friends and Members to its Winter Coffee Morning in the Church Hall on Saturday 20 November after a two year absence. The Hall was busy all morning as friends took the opportunity for a coffee and chat, to pay their membership subscriptions and to browse the stalls. A total of of £1306.32p was raised for Museum funds, which our Chairman, Roger Radcliffe, described as “amazing”. Having two card readers available made a huge difference in these days when people carry less cash.

The raffle raised £171, the Museum Shop stall £196-39p, and Membership Secretary, Mary Wilson, took £505 in subscriptions.

The Museum is so grateful to anyone who contributed in any way.

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Stewards and Committee Members celebrate a successful season

Stewards and Committee Members celebrate the end of the 2021 season

Stewards and Committee Members met at the Museum on Tuesday 16 November to celebrate the end of a brief but very successful season. Stewards were thanked by Chairman, Roger Radcliffe, for their hard work, enthusiasm and good humour and he especially thanked those who were able to step in at short notice to fill gaps in the rota. John Oaksford, Rota Organiser, added his thanks and was thanked by Roger for all his hard work. 

Curator, Clare Murton, urged the Stewards not to feel discouraged if there were problems with the IT, particularly the VR experience. It was the fault of the IT and not the Stewards! She lived nearby and would be happy to come and help sort out problems.

Shop Manager, Mike Furness, reported excellent sales with an outstanding total of £7,786.95 raised through the till and online. In a light-hearted competition the Friday Fireballs welcomed 481 visitors, the Wednesday Wonders 490 and the Thursday Titans 523. However, the Saturday Superheroes sold £1,086 worth of goods, the Wednesday Wonders £1,144 and coming out on top were the Thursday Titans with £1,169.

Mary Wilson organised refreshments and an enjoyable morning was had by all.

Glowing tributes at the end of a busy season

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The Museum closed on 31 October after a short but busy season when we welcomed 2,935 visitors between 19 July and 31 October, 6% up on our numbers for the same period in 2019. With a very few exceptions – a single visitor from Belarus, five from the USA, three from Germany, two from Australia – all our visitors were from the UK, almost all from England, very many from Cornwall and a pleasing number from St Agnes.

So many visitors praised our Stewards for their warm welcome, friendliness and local knowledge. Others praised the shop and a wide variety of exhibits were singled out for praise, including of course, our VR experience. Several young visitors looked forward to the Turtle speaking.

Here is a small sample of the glowing tributes to the Museum and its Stewards:

Welcoming and helpful. Tried on the VR headset. It’s fantastic. Thank you.

Fantastic help with Family Tree. Delightful Museum. Lovely activity for children.

I’m a Museum Educator and loved the “find the object bit” at the beginning of the visit.
A triumph. Puts a lot of bigger museums to shame.

One comment was definitely a first for us – it was in Cornish! With the help of our Cornish speaking Journal Editor, here is the original followed by the translation.

“Tarosvanos o oll mes an den ef o densa! Merase.” “Everything was fantastic, but the man [i.e. the Steward] was really good. Thank you.”

The Museum will reopen on 1 April 2022.