Brixham museum was the setting for a BBC recording of a performance by local musicians of “A Devon Folk Christmas“. Maggie Duffy and friends delighted an invited audience with a programme of festive music and readings.
Maggie has regularly chosen the museum as a concert venue. After the event last Saturday, she said “A thousands thanks for being a truly fab audience. Also to the amazing museum staff who make it all possible. It is a superb venue with so much atmosphere. The warmth of the audience certainly comes over in the recording and you can tell the audience are really having fun .”
The concert will be broadcast on BBC Devon on Christmas Eve at 6.00 p.m. and on the morning of Christmas Day at 6.00 a.m.
On Saturday, 1st December, Brixham Heritage Museum held a Victorian Christmas Fayre. Visitors were attracted by snow, a pipe organ operated by Mr Edgar Lawrance and a group of local singers.
It was a very successful day, opened by Mr Nick Bye who has always been a faithful supporter of our Museum. During the morning, two of the three winners of the Cave Painting competition (run during the Summer) were awarded their prizes; then in the afternoon the Chairman of Brixham Council, Cllr Brian Harland and his wife, May, drew the tickets for the Grand Draw. The £50 cash First Prize was won by Mr Parsons, the second prize of Thorntons’ Chocolates was won by Mr and Mrs J Richardson, and the third prize of a Christmas hamper was won by Mr and Mrs J Lambourne. A chocolate cake was won in a raffle by Mrs S Rossi and Mr I Cubitt won £30 in a Pound Coin Draw.
We would like to thank all the many volunteers who worked so hard throughout the day and also those who helped to set it all up beforehand, and of course dismantle it afterwards.
Our profit from the day will go towards continuing the work of the Brixham Museum to preserve our local heritage.
On Saturday, Dec 3rd, we held our Victorian Christmas Fayre, opened by the Brixham Town Council Chairman, Councillor Martyn Hodge. A Grand Tombola greeted people entering the Museum through a localised snow-fall (artificially induced of course); the tombola was well supplied by donations from local traders.
Within the Maritime Room, we had stalls selling local crafts and baked goods; upstairs in Babs’ Café, there were mince pies and drinks available.
During the morning, we awarded the prizes to the children who had entered the “Name the Bear” competition. The winning name was “Roaring Lola” submitted by Victoria Owen (age 9) who received a voucher from “Taylor-made Bears” to create her own “Roaring Lola”. The second-prize-winner was Evie Stockman, who received a cuddly bear.
At 3pm the Torbay Council Chairman, Mr Derek Mills, and Mrs Judith Mills, drew the winning tickets for our Grand Draw which resulted in Mr S Soper winning the 1st prize (£50 cash), Mrs Linley-Shaw winning the 2nd prize (a food hamper) and Mrs Piper the 3rd prize (a Thorntons chocolate selection – donated by Thorntons of Brixham). All winners are members of the Museum History Society.
The final result was very rewarding, producing over £200 more than last year, so we gratefully thank all our helpers, donors and customers for their generous support and efforts.