26th February meeting
- 16 March 2015
- Group News
Unfortunately guest speaker Dr. Claire Meek from Cambridge was unable to attend the meeting on 26th February due to last minute commitments elsewhere but our thanks goes to members Michael and Kaye MacKinnon who stepped in at very short notice to talk about the history behind Stalham Fire House Museum.
Stalham Firehouse originally opened in 1833, was restored in 2002 and the museum opened in November that year, it is a registered charity and run entirely by volunteers.
Firehouses were not manned but were purely buildings where fire fighting equipment was kept and originally they belonged to insurance companies, but if your property caught fire and you were not attached to that insurance company unfortunately your property was left to burn unless you could deal with the situation yourself.
In 1881 a horse drawn pump engine, which required twenty two people to operate it, was purchased at Stalham to overcome the problem of insurance company ownership. The horse drawn pump engine on display at the Fire House Museum is the same model as the original and was donated by Bressingham Steam Museum.
Michael and Kaye brought along various historical fire brigade related items and photographs that were displayed to members.
The purpose of the museum is to repair, restore, improve and preserve the building and contents of historical importance and make them available for public viewing. Admission to the museum is free, although donations are greatly appreciated, it is situated in the corner of the churchyard in Stalham High Street, NR12 9BB and is open from 30th March until the end of September.
David Garrett from The North Norfolk Tractor Cub very kindly presented a cheque to the group which had been raised through various fundraising events organised by themselves, this will be used towards local diabetes related projects and support.
Former group chairman John Hutchinson made an appeal for any unused diabetes related equipment which is no longer required (test meters, syringes etc) which he could pass on to The Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust in order for them to be sent to India where there is an urgent need for these items. If you are able to help please contact Jackie and David or Jackie and Mick, details can be found on the ABOUT US page, so they can be passed onto John. Thank you.