Views of Whimple village

 


The Heritage Centre is a converted barn which is situated in the grounds of the New Fountain Inn. The building is known as 'Lockyer's Linhay', 'linhay' being a local word for a hay barn, and was sold to the Society by the the late Mr. Paul Mallett and his wife Gill of the New Fountain Inn.

Work on the conversion began in 2002 and the Centre was opened in May 2003, almost a year earlier than planned. Having achieved that it was decided not to rest on our laurels but to press on with the long term plan of adding an extension to the Centre. Fund raising continued apace and together with generous donations we have now been able to build the extension and hope to open it in 2005, albeit with limited display facilities initially.

 

Heritage Centre Project

The new wing was opened, and named, by Mr. and Mrs. E. V. M. Whiteway on Monday 2nd May, 2005 . The wing is named The Whiteway Wing and the ground floor gallery The White-way Gallery. After the official opening the completed Centre was opened to all members.
The Society has a dedicated car park, and approach to the rear and north side of the centre. It includes a concreted parking area for disabled drivers and a concrete path to allow them and elderly persons to walk from the car park to the front of the Centre. When visiting the Centre by car please make use of this car park.

Stewarding of the Heritage Centre
The Committee would like to thank all members who kindly helped out with stewarding last year.
The Heritage Centre will reopen on Saturday 30th March. It will be open every Saturday from 10.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and every Wednesday from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. until Saturday 28th September. On Saturdays, we desperately require two stewards for each of the two sessions from 9.45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. and from 12.45 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. In recent years we have been grateful to Mr. I. Hardcastle and Mr. D. Rastall who did the stewarding on Wednesday afternoons. If you could help on Wednesdays it would give these two members a welcome break from time to time. If you can manage to fill some of the dates mentioned above, could you either phone the Centre during opening hours (tel: 01404 822499) or Mr A. Smith on 010404 822977. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

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The Linhay before conversion
The old linhay
Renovation begins
The roof goes on
Roof tiles almost finished