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Last updated   26/2/15   15:18   by   Webmaster: Sharon Davies


Rayleigh Town Musuem Update

We have  today (13th February 2015) forwarded our revised (new improved) funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

One of the most significant improvements we have made is by the formation of  the Friends group. We currently have 306.....THREE HUNDRED and SIX.....members which is a significant achievement and this evidences to the Heritage Lottery our income streams, our sustainability, and the wonderful support we have from the local community. We will receive a decision from the HLF within 8 weeks and the whole of our team have all our fingers crossed.

Railway 125th Anniversary Painting Competition

We can now publish the results of the painting competition open to local Primary Schools relating to the 125th anniversary of the railway  coming to Rayleigh (see our December 2014 Update).

Key Stage 1 Winner                                                   Key Stage 2 Winner

Marcus Whittington from Edward Francis            Jessica Davies from Rayleigh Primary



School Mural Winner - Wyburns Primary School

Rayleigh Town Museum

As many of you will be aware we have plans to open a  Rayleigh Town Museum on the 1st floor of 91 High Street, Rayleigh. The clothing shop  ‘Yours’  will probably be vacating early in 2015 and the whole building will then be refurbished and a fully disabled access passenger lift and toilet will be installed to the 1st floor. Pizza Express will be opening a restaurant on the ground floor. The Planning Application has been agreed  by Rochford District Council, Listed Building consent has been agreed with Essex County Council and we have submitted an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to cover our set up costs. A decision should be given on this by the end of 2014.

Unfortunately the application has been declined. However we have had a debriefing meeting with the HLF and will be resubmitting our application shortly.

Further information and updates are  available on the Rayleigh Town Museum website (www.rayleightownmuseum.co.uk), our Facebook page (link on our Home page), the Rayleigh Town Museum Facebook page (Facebook.com/rayleightownmuseum) and the notice board in the High Street on the wall by the Millennium Clock.