Friends of the Museum

Vital fundraising and support for the Museum

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About the Friends of Chiltern Open Air Museum

The Friends of Chiltern Open Air Museum are a fantastic organisation of loyal supporters. They provide invaluable assistance by raising thousands of pounds each year to keep the Museum going by selling goods through their Friends Centre Shop, organising fundraising events and attending local shows and events every year and would really appreciate your support.  Membership is free. You can sign up here

The Friends can and do act as a conduit for anyone wishing to provide a donation towards the Museum but who wish their donation to remain anonymous.  We can liaise with the Museum on your behalf, claim the Gift Aid, and release the funds as and when the Museum needs them, whilst maintaining your confidentiality.

200 Club Draw 2023-24

The monthly draw awards 2 prizes of £15 each. In addition, an annual draw will take place at the Friends AGM in March 2024, with 3 prizes of £100, £40 and £20.

The annual draw was made at the Friends AGM.  The lucky winners were:

1st Prize (£100) – No. 53 Mr S Hatfield

2nd Prize (£40)  – No. 03 Mrs C Morton

3rd Prize (£20)  – No. 35 Mrs M Clark

200 Club Draw 2024-25

The new Club year starts in April.  Please click here for an application form, which contains full details about this fundraising activity.  Applications can be submitted up until 30th April 2024.

Friends Annual General Meeting 2024

The 41st Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Chiltern Open Air Museum was held at the Museum on Tuesday 26th March 2024.

The annual accounts for the financial year ended 31st October 2023 were circulated.  The Treasurer highlighted that the Friends made donations to the Museum totalling nearly £32,000.  Over £13,000 came from anonymous donations, over £10,000 from sales in the Friends Centre charity shop on site and over £3,000 from our final Auction.  Further income came from our Quiz Supper, the 200 Club and Gift Aid on the donations.  The annual accounts were duly adopted.

The Friends Committee were re-elected for the ensuing year: Chairman – Diane Thomas, Treasurer – Dick Lister, Secretary – Tricia Phillips, other members – Doreen Toomey, Alison Farlie, Barbara Hayes and Debi Zealey.  We were delighted to elect a new member – Debbie Privett.  There remain vacancies on the committee and new members can be co-opted during the year, so if you are interested in getting more involved in the running of the Friends, please contact our Secretary at friendsmembership@coam.org.uk

How can you help us as a Friend?

There are several ways in which you can help us and we hope you will find something among the suggested list below that appeals to you.

  • Stewarding the Maidenhead Pavilion Friends Centre (The Friends’ own charity shop at the Museum) especially at weekends and during the week in school holidays. If interested contact Diane Thomas via the Museum or email: dt123abc@hotmail.com
  • Donating unwanted presents, good condition bric-a-brac, books and toys to sell in the Friends Centre. You can leave all donations (no electrical items or clothes please!) at the ticket office or bring into the Friends Centre if open.  If bulky, please contact Diane Thomas (as above)
  • Growing plants to sell at the Friends Centre (contact Diane Thomas, as above)
  • Joining the team of jam/marmalade makers whose produce is sold in the Friends Centre. Clean jars and labels are supplied and you can be reimbursed for ingredients.
  • Manning stalls at local fetes and shows to promote and raise the profile of the Museum
  • Making cakes to sell
  • Supporting us at social and fundraising events
  • Joining the Friends Committee – we currently have vacancies.

If you can help, please send an email to friendsmembership@coam.org.uk or contact as above.

Contacting the Friends

If you would like to contact the Friends of the Museum, please email friendsmembership@coam.org.uk or write to the Secretary, Friends of Chiltern Open Air Museum,  Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4AB.

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