Letter from the Membership Secretary
The Minster Abbey Gatehouse Museum as with other museums up and down the country, has been closed for many months due to Covid19 regulations. Because of this, income has dropped drastically.
Now that some of the Covid19 restrictions have been lifted, the time has come to re-open the Museum. It is also the time to re-awaken the Sheppey Local History Society as it has been shielding since last year and I am writing to you to invite you to renew your membership.
As an incentive we are offering a one off special 17 month membership for the price of 12 starting from the 1st June this year until October 31st 2022, for the usual annual subscription of £10.
As a past member you will be aware that the annual subscription entitles members to free access to the Minster Abbey Gatehouse Museum and free entry to the monthly meetings of the Sheppey Local History Society. Nothing has changed.
The Minster Abbey Gatehouse Museum will re-open initially on Wednesday and Saturday from 19th May from 2 pm until 4.30 pm, and continue to open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only for the time being. We look to open fully at the time of the school summer holidays, that is, sometime towards the end of July.
The first meeting of the Sheppey Local History Society will be on Wednesday 23rd June 2021 at the Minster Abbey Gatehouse Museum outside under the arch and the subject will be the history of Minster Abbey Gatehouse itself. We have Martin Hawkins as the presenter.
We are also going to run the Round The Island bus trip this year on Saturday 3rd July 2021 with refreshments supplied to passengers on return to the Gatehouse after the journey. In an effort to keep the cost down to £10, the usual tea, sandwiches and cakes have been replaced with a cream tea.
Anyone wishing to purchase tickets for the bus trips should contact Lena Crowder by telephone on 01795 875111 or by email on email@example.com.
Other events to be confirmed include a visit to Eastchurch Aviation Museum on Wednesday 22nd September 2021. For confirmation of all these dates keep an eye on the Gatehouse website or contact the Gatehouse on 01795 872303.
Renewing your membership of the Sheppey Local History Society your subscription will not only keep the Society going but will also go towards keeping the Minster Abbey Gatehouse and its history alive for the future.
Anyone wishing to renew their membership can either send a cheque made out to the Sheppey Local History Society to: Tony Pointing, Membership Secretary, 5 St Mary’s Row, Scrapsgate Road, Minster, Sheerness, Kent ME12 2BL or visit the Museum and speak to one of our volunteers. They will be happy to help you.
Sheppey Local History Society
Sheppey Local History Society and the Minster Gatehouse Museum
The Sheppey Local History Society took over the management and day-to-day running of the Minster Gatehouse Museum in 1981.
It is run by a dedicated team of volunteers who offer their time and resources to maintain the building, the grounds and its displays, and who work hard to preserve the Isle of Sheppey’s local history and heritage for the enjoyment of all.
In addition to hosting regular festive community events the Society also offers individually tailored experiences for those who wish to organize a private gathering within unique historical surroundings.
Sheppey Local History Society Commitment
The past year has shown the number of visitors increase by 30%, and the Society now has charitable status to enable the widening of its activities, and to support its commitment to:
- Advance Education
- Advance Citizenship and Community Development
- Advance the Arts, Culture, Heritage and Science.
- Joining the Sheppey Local History Society
Membership is currently £8.00 per annum, and includes unlimited access to the Minster Gatehouse Museum as well as free entry to our events and talks throughout the year.
A peppercorn rent is paid to the local council for use of the building, and all other funding comes from a combination of donations, entrance fees, special events revenue, gift shop sales and grants.
If you would like to volunteer your time or resources please contact us using the contact details at the bottom of this page. Help of any kind is always welcome, and the more people involved the greater the scope of our activities can be.
Lena 01795 875111
Meeting Venue – Time
Unless indicated otherwise meetings take place on a Wednesday at 19.45 in the Bethel Hall, Chapel Street, Minster, Isle of Sheppey, Kent. It is a five minute walk from the Minster Gatehouse and Abbey. There is generally space to park close the hall. There are currently no planned meetings due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, please check back here for updates.
Any meetings will be subject to current and any future government Covid-19 restrictions.