Quiz launched to fundraise for Winchcombe Town Hall repairs
HOW well do you know Winchcombe?
That is the challenge put forward by the Winchcombe Town Trust as they launch a quiz to support their fundraising efforts.
The trust has been working over the last two years to raise about £50,000 to repair the building which houses the town council’s offices, the police museum and the tourist information centre.
But now another £20,000 needs to be raised before the work on the old town hall can start.
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They aim to replace the crumbling limestone pillars and lintel that hold up the wing of the 19th century town hall.
The pillars, together with the lintel, have been damaged by the water draining off the bay window above.
Water had entered the stone, freezing and expanding in the winter, causing the surface to crumble away.
The ceiling of some of the inside rooms might also need to be repaired.
Zoe Brooks, a trustee helping out with the fundraising, said: “With the stone constantly deteriorating, the trust needs to raise the funds in time to carry out the works next spring.
“Once that has been achieved, the trust’s focus for fundraising will shift to raising funds to repair the ceiling of the museum and revamping the museum itself.”
The quiz is a mix of history clues and simple cryptic clues. All the answers are Winchcombe street names.
Quiz sheets cost £1 each are available from the museum or tourist information centre.
Winners will get a dinner for two at Wesley House restaurant in town.
Zoe added the main reason for the increase in costs is the requirement by Gloucestershire Highways for traffic controls during the works.
Tewkesbury Borough Council allocated £38,000 to the project and the Winchcombe Town Trust has been allocated up to £10,000.
Fundraising efforts from the volunteers have hit the £1,300 mark.
Businesses in town have also stepped forward to lend a helping hand.
Winchcombe-based auctioneers British Bespoke Auctions is looking for collectables for sale on November 18.
Anyone giving 50 per cent of the proceeds to the appeal will be able to avoid the 18 per cent seller’s fee.