Museum in Skegness nominated for national honour

Pictured (from left) Sue Shelford, site manager, with volunteers Mike Walton, Stan Garner-Jones, Denise Bailey, Gladys Sweeney, and Janet Garner-Jones.
Pictured (from left) Sue Shelford, site manager, with volunteers Mike Walton, Stan Garner-Jones, Denise Bailey, Gladys Sweeney, and Janet Garner-Jones.
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A museum in Skegness has been nominated for a national honour – in what could be described as an unusual field for such an operation.

Village Church Farm, in Church Road South, has been put forward for an award in the Camping and Caravanning Club’s Best Certified Site competition.

The plot proving a hit.

The plot proving a hit.

The annual award calls for club members to nominate their favourite certified sites – smaller member-only campsites that the club operates – for an accolade.

The charity launched a camping and caravanning service last year after learning the site had been used for such a purpose after the war.

Site manager Sue Shelford said: “We set out to offer something totally different by way of caravan and camping experience, and not as on a competitive basis – we are a small site only available for up to five caravans.”

Mrs Shelford said the service brings in some funds for the charity, but also helps raise the profile of the attraction.

She said it is proving a hit among campers and caravanners.

“People who have come here over the last year said they don’t want to tell anybody because they don’t want anyone else coming here,” she continued.

“It’s so dark at night and it’s so peaceful and quiet and they really appreciate that.”

The charity has been presented with a rosette, marking their nomination in the competition.

Of being put forward for a plaudit, Mrs Shelford said: “We are over the moon to have been recommended for an award by visitors who stayed with us.

“It’s a site which offers something a little out of the ordinary with a backdrop of beautiful gardens and buildings which are looked after by our dedicated team of volunteers.

“It was a total surprise and we are very honoured.”