New beginning for Church Farm site

A GRAND reopening ceremony at Church Farm Museum will mark an end to months of uncertainty over its survival and a new beginning for its ambitious future.

The award-winning heritage site will open its doors to the public once again on Friday, April 15, for a day of fun for all the family.

Committee member Jill Caine said: “I think it’s fantastic. It’s a special part of Skegness and everyone that knows about it holds the museum with great affection.

“And that’s why I think it’s brilliant that it’s going to be run by the community.”

Following Lincolnshire County Council’s decision to remove its funding for the project last year, a committee was quickly formed to find ways of making the museum viable without the regular county council funding.

After months of planning, public appeals and applications for grants the new committee are ready to reopen and hope to widen the heritage site’s appeal by involving it more with the community.

In recognition of this ambition, it has been renamed Church Farm Village, which members also felt reflected the similarity between the layout of buildings on the site and that of a traditional English village green.

“I would like to see it become more of a community project, keeping the museum and the historical side of things very much alive but also hosting more special events,” Jill added

“We would also like to refurbish some of the buildings to make it into a place for art with exhibitions and galleries because we don’t have anything like that round here at the moment. Hopefully it can be more than a place for history and museum artefacts and can become a place for arts, entertainment and the family.”

On reopening day all of the buildings will be open to view, the cafe will be serving wine and nibbles and the farmhouse kitchen will be a hive of activity with the old cooking range producing tasty traditional treats.

There will also be a band playing and traditional crafts being displayed, including wood turning and a blacksmith hard at work.

The committee hope the special celebratory day will launch a full and busy programme of events for the rest of the year.

The committee are also seeking volunteers to help give the site a ‘spring clean’. If you can spare some time to spruce up the buildings or the garden email Jill at jill@lincolnshire-braodband.co.uk