Market Lavington Museum

The Museum Party

Market Lavington Museum held a very successful courtyard party yesterday evening. This is an invitation only event – a way of saying thank you to all those friends, workers and supporters who do so much to keep the museum alive and well.

The weather played its part. It was glorious. Approximately 90 guests enjoyed pleasant chatter in the delightful surroundings with a glass of wine in one hand and delicious nibbles brought round by our ever-willing volunteers. Particular thanks go to Dowse and Sons, the local butchers for providing some of the food and to another batch of willing helpers, our local cooks.

We must give a special mention to two guests – Tom is the widower of our founder curator, Peggy Gye. It was lovely to see Tom out and about and still able to provide help and information for the museum. Priscilla was our former archivist. She created our amazing record cards and books. It was good to see her looking so well.

Our photo shows some of the party who were listening to a short speech from chairman, Peter Bell who spoke of the sadness at losing Peggy Gye but also of the museum’s progress during the year.

Guests at the Market Lavington Museum party - June 22nd 2010

We had an added attraction this year. Our museum is off the highway but it is possible to get a small tractor to it, and one helper’s grey Fergie tractor was parked nearby.

The tractor is not an exhibit but rather a really useful device for getting items to and from the museum

Sally couldn’t resist trying the driver’s seat out. The tractor is not a museum exhibit at all. It was there as a working tool for us. We’d better emphasise that the tractor was parked up and not running at the time.

Our next event – open to all – is the ‘Potter in the Past’ history walk in the village. That’s at 10.30 on Sunday 11th July – meeting at the museum. The cost is £2 and we finish with sausage and chips at The Green Dragon.