“I love coming here,” MP Huw Merriman told volunteers when he dropped in at a fund-raising cream tea at Bexhill Museum last Friday.
The event was the brainchild of museum volunteer and newly-appointed board of directors member Emma Tickner.
With the help of a team of colleagues, Emma prepared and served a splendid repast for visitors including strawberries and scones with cream and jam.
The MP was escorted at the event by the chairman of the independent, voluntarily-run museum, John Betts.
He went from table to table chatting with visitors and enquiring about the running of the Egerton Road museum, established 101 years ago.
He said: “I came here before I was MP and I think it is absolutely fabulous. It’s especially interesting to be here now I am MP.
“I love coming here; particularly being MP because it gives me an opportunity to see work done in the constituency. What I am anxious to see is that we preserve where we need to preserve and enhance where we need to enhance in the legacy of the town.”
The event, which included a raffle, raised £359.20 towards the running costs of the museum, which is almost entirely dependent on its admission charges for its income.
Emma praised everyone who gave generously to make the event a success.
Already, she is planning a sale at the museum on Saturday, November 14 featuring Christmas gifts and items when the refreshments will include mince pies, Christmas cake and a non-alcoholic mulled punch.
Bexhill Museum offers something for everyone from local history and archaeology to fashion and Bexhill’s motor heritage.
The unique collections are housed in a distinctive building in Egerton Road, which combines a traditional Edwardian museum with a modern extension.
The Museum runs a wide range of special events, activities and workshops throughout the year for children, families and adults.
Among exhibitions, currently running until December, at the museum, is Wedding Dresses from 1850 – 1980 and The Kings German Legion in Bexhill; which marks the bi-centenary of the Battle of Waterloo.
For more on Bexhill Museum visit www.bexhillmuseum.co.uk.
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