Monthly Archives: January 2015

A double marathon to support the Musem


Vivien Mifsud



My name is Vivien Mifsud and I am a local runner. I have also been a volunteer at Brixham Museum for many years.

Brixham Museum lives on tenterhooks each year, wondering if it will receive its modest grant from Torbay Council. As this grant steadily diminishes, the Museum will find it increasingly difficult to survive, relying almost totally on its volunteers.

I want to help the Museum and have committed to running not just the Malta Marathon in February but also the London Marathon in April. I have never run two marathons in a year before, let alone within 7 weeks of each other!

Please give me the boost I need by sponsoring me. As I am a former Abbey National (Santander) member of staff, I can get match funding which will double any donations I receive.

Please help me to keep this unique and special place where it belongs – in Brixham for Brixham people.

Here are just a few of the comments written in the Museum’s Visitors’ Book over the last Summer:

  • Passionate people who make it enjoyable (Northampton)
  • Brilliant – could have spent all day here (U.S.A.)
  • Worth every penny (Bristol)
  • This is the way to keep the grandchildren happy (Bristol)
  • Fabulous – friendly staff, even entertained my 11 and 12 year olds (Bristol)
  • A super morning’s fun – a veritable ‘Tardis’
  • So much to see in a small space – wonderful displays of the history of Brixham (Basingstoke)
  • Fantastic place – all age groups would enjoy this Museum (Minehead)
  • Fantastic visit – found family history from 1881. Great value for money (Warwickshire)
  • A very interesting little Museum – do not close such an important facility (Hertford)
  • Very informative and enjoyable – a ‘must see’ on Brixham history (Norwich)
  • Great to see my great-grandfather’s photo and information on the 1914-1918 display. Thank you.

Please support the museum by sponsoring Viv. We have sponsorship forms at the museum. Donations should be made payable to the museum.

She came, she saw, she conquered



I shared a desk with Cathy Craig for a good part of her 13 years as clerical secretary at Brixham Heritage Museum. I discovered that she was all – and more – of the wonderful things that Dr Randall of Astra Zeneca said of her. By the way, this is NOT an obituary, Cathy Craig is alive and kicking, but…Cathy has retired!




At the Museum, it was a case of ‘Help!!!! What????’ The shock waves reverberated throughout the building. What shall we do without her? Cathy WAS Brixham Museum! She ran the place! Everyone depended on her, especially me, even after I retired. It was always: ‘Ask Cathy!’ She knew the answer and, if she didn’t, she’d make it her business to find out. Her thoughts were with everyone, especially at coffee time!! Very often Cathy gave up her own time to help at events and also used her shorthand skills to take the minutes at Executive meetings and AGMs, again in her own time. I often rang from home and dictated letters and Newsletter articles. She became very adept at deciphering certain handwriting, mine and….Philip’s!




She was also a mind reader: ‘Cathy, do such-and-such.’ The answer would be, ‘I’ve done it.’ Such a gem. She is kind, thoughtful, dependable and highly organised. She can even type without looking at the keyboard – there’s clever! What a pity I don’t need a secretary.

Happy Retirement, Cathy… (when you do), with love and memories.

Patsy Britten