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Back grant bid by local attraction

A local tourist attraction and educational facility needs your help to make it more resilient. The We'll Meet Again Second Word War Museum at Freiston needs your vote to win a £2,500 grant.

The project has been accepted by the Calor Rural Community Fund for a public vote starting next month.

Voting opens on May 25 to June 29. For more information about the museum's bid go to www.calor.co.uk/communityfund/we-ll-meet-again-museum-ww2-teaching-facility

Museum owners Paul and Linda Britchford said: "We are in the process of upgrading to solar panels for the museum in order to be more green. As part of this process we would like to install in the area to the side of the museum an LPG standby generator with automatic activation that would be able to cut in should there be a power failure. Due to our location we can be susceptible to power cuts which could interrupt the teaching. This would allow us to remain open, and if children were in the museum a teaching day would not be interrupted by a power cut."

The museum is open to the public on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays, but is actually more of a teaching facility for mainly primary school children. Schools locally and from futher afield regularly attend.

Paul added: "We also cater for other groups such as the Normandy Veterans, the Evacuees Association, Dementia Groups, Women's Institute groups just to mention a few.

"Many local people have supported the museum and donated items to us and we also have a very enthusiastic set of volunteers who the museum could not function without.

The museum has been set up to meet the appetite for knowledge about the war and for all generations to continue to remember and be reminded of the fight for freedom and the sacrifices made.

It is a nationally-important facility and a huge boost to this area's visitor attractiveness.

The museum provides display areas, classrooms, a café and toilet facilities with full access to all.

The site has some of the best-preserved Second World War defences - pill boxes and gun emplacements.

And, in line with the hugely-popular mobile museum the couple have run for some years, the new facility provides an inter-active Second World War experience for schoolchildren.

The museum is located on Shore Road, Freiston PE22 0LY just before RSPB Freiston Shore Nature Reserve. During school holidays they will be open Wednesday to Sunday 10am until 4pm and term time Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Special education and group bookings can be made by calling 07903 529614 or 01205 761082. You can also follow them on Facebook at @wmamuseum

For more information about the museum's bid go to www.calor.co.uk/communityfund/we-ll-meet-again-museum-ww2-teaching-facility

Calor Rural Community Fund go to www.calor.co.uk/communityfund

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