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Save the Cromwell Museum: a campaign update

After the whirl of activity that led to the presentation of the petition to Cambridgeshire County Council, the campaign has been on hold.  Here is an update to let you know how things stand at present – and what the next steps are.

As you will be aware, the fact that the petition reached nearly 4,000 signatures meant that the sought after debate at the full meeting of the Council was achieved.

This meeting took place on the 18 February.  The spokesperson for the Friends, Bob Pugh, was invited to speak, to represent the case against the proposed budgetary cut in 2015/16 that would inevitably have led to the closure of the Museum.

In a very effective, short speech, Bob stressed to Councillors the historical importance of the Museum and its collection, as well as the benefits it brings to Huntingdon and the wider local economy.

The issue was then debated. The chairman of the Museum’s management committee, Peter Downes, declared that it would be unthinkable for the Museum to close and argued for more time for solutions to be sought. In response, the Cabinet member with responsibility for the Museum, David Harty, acknowledged the weight of opinion against the proposed funding cut.

In the subsequent budget debate, an amendment that funding be extended for a further twelve months until 2016-17 was proposed and carried by 57 votes to 4.

Forcing the debate and making the Council reconsider its decision represents a huge achievement by the campaign.  We would like to thank all of you again for your support.     However, the Museum’s future is still far from certain.

A consultant, paid for by an external grant, is currently reviewing options for alternative governance (i.e. seeking another body to run the Museum other than the Council).  The consultant will report in April. It is undoubtedly going to be extremely challenging to find a viable solution for sustainable funding, but the additional year will make a huge difference in trying to secure the Museum’s future.

We will let you all know what the consultant has proposed, and how things progress from there, as soon as possible.

 

 

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Finale to amazing week: Civil War artillery to roll through Huntingdon tomorrow!

This has been an extraordinary week in the campaign to Save the Cromwell Museum: on Monday, the Friends of the Museum handed over the Council petition to the Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, Martin Curtis and the Cabinet member with responsibility for the relevant area of service, Councillor David Harty.

The petition – with almost 4,000 signatures from people living or working in Cambridgeshire – is the first since the Council established its petitions facility to successfully lead to a debate at full Council.  This is scheduled to take place next Tuesday, 18 February.

You can watch the petition handover, an interview with Bob Pugh, spokesperson for the Friends and footage shot in the Museum itself here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-26138632

The first objective of the campaign, to achieve the debate at full Council over the budget proposals, has been met in resounding fashion.  Cambridgeshire County Council is aware of the strength of support for the Museum both within and beyond the County, thanks to the Council petition and the online SurveyMonkey petition which has been signed by people not just from around the UK but from around the world.  Thank you all for your support.

This Saturday, the Museum will be running an event, as part of the programme of activities the Museum organises throughout the year.  The Sealed Knot reenactment charity are sending Lord Robartes’ Regiment of the Army of Parliament, who will bring a cannon to the Museum and pull it through the town, demonstrating how artillery pieces were used during the English Civil Wars.  This event is free and open to all.

The fun will start at 10:30am so if you are in the area, please come and say hello!

Information about this event and the full programme of activities for 2014 are accessible on the County Council’s website here:
http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/museums/cromwell/exhibitions.htm

 

 

 

 

Huntingdon townspeople show their support for the Museum

Lindsay Cassedy and Bob Pugh collecting signatures in Huntingdon on Saturday 18 January.

Lindsay Cassedy and Bob Pugh collecting signatures. Photo courtesy of Helen Drake, Hunts Post.

On Saturday (18 January) the Friends of the Cromwell Museum gathered in Huntingdon town centre with hard copies of the Cambridgeshire County Council petition and spoke to people about the threat to the Museum.  The response was fantastic, with over 350 signatures received in two hours.

The Friends will be gathering signatures again on Saturday 25 January.  Currently the ePetition stands at 915 signatures; with the addition of signatures received in hard copy, we are approaching the 1,500 mark.  We need a really big push between now and the closing date of 5 February to get to the 3,000 signatures needed to force a debate of full Council.

If you live/own a business/work/attend a school or college in Cambridgeshire….

…then please sign the CCC ePetition here:
http://epetition.cambridgeshire.public-i.tv/epetition_core/community/petition/2545
…and the SurveyMonkey petition here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CromwellMuseum

If you do not live/own a business/work/attend a school or college in Cambridgeshire but do want to express your concern about the proposed closure of the Museum…

…please add your name here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CromwellMuseum

At the last count, the SurveyMonkey petition stood at over 2,300 signatures which is a fantastic achievement.  It will really demonstrate to the Council that the Museum is valued by people within and beyond the county, and even the country.

Thank you to Helen Drake at the Hunts Post for her permission to reproduce the photograph above.

Huntingdon MP lends his support to campaign

Jonathan Djanogly MPThe Friends of the Cromwell Museum are delighted to report that Jonathan Djanogly MP, the Member of Parliament for the Huntingdon Constituency, has today lent his support to the campaign.

Mr Djanogly said:

“Given the importance of the legacy of Oliver Cromwell to Huntingdonshire, it is unconscionable that we lose Huntingdon’s Cromwell Museum.  I am absolutely committed to retaining this historical gem that is so important for recognition of past history and future tourism and education and I would urge you to sign the relevant petition(s) as soon as possible.”

Thank you to everyone who has signed the petition(s) so far.  The SurveyMonkey petition, launched in early December, is now very close to 1,000 signatures and in the four days since the launch of the Cambridgeshire County Council ePetition, 165 people have already signed.  If you haven’t already done so, here are those all-important petition links again. 

Do you live/own a business/work/attend a school or college in Cambridgeshire?
Then please sign the CCC ePetition here:
http://epetition.cambridgeshire.public-i.tv/epetition_core/community/petition/2545
And the second petition here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CromwellMuseum

I do not live/own a business/work/attend a school or college in Cambridgeshire but I do want to
express my concern about the proposed closure of the Museum:
Please add your name here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CromwellMuseum

You can visit Jonathan Djanogly’s constituency website here:
http://www.jonathandjanogly.com/

 

A tale of two petitions: part II

The second of our e-petitions is now open and receiving signatures!

This petition is to Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) using the authority’s own ePetitions facility. The number of signatures received will determine how it is dealt with by the Council. Over 50 signatures and we can speak directly to either the Cabinet member with responsibility for this area of service, or to a meeting of the Cabinet or relevant committee. If over 3,000 signatures are recorded we can ask for it to be debated at a meeting of full Council.

If you live, own a business, work or attend a school or college in Cambridgeshire, you are able to sign the CCC ePetition.  When you sign the CCC ePetition, please enter the address which links you to Cambridgeshire, be that your residence, business, place of employment, school or college.

The other e-petition (hosted at SurveyMonkey) has already received a fantastic response. Thank you very much if you have already signed it.  This petition will be presented as evidence of the strength of feeling both within, and outside, the county about the proposal to withdraw funding from the Cromwell Museum.  If you are unable to sign the CCC ePetition because you do not meet the criteria, but still care about the issue, then please sign the SurveyMonkey petition.  Both petitions are important to the campaign.

In this tale of two petitions, you may be asking yourself the question “but which petition should I sign?”

If you live/own a business/work/attend a school or college in Cambridgeshire….

…then please sign the CCC ePetition here:
http://epetition.cambridgeshire.public-i.tv/epetition_core/community/petition/2545
…and the SurveyMonkey petition here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CromwellMuseum

If you do not live/own a business/work/attend a school or college in Cambridgeshire but do want to express your concern about the proposed closure of the Museum…

…please add your name here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CromwellMuseum

Thanks to all of you who have been supporting the campaign so far, by signing the petitions, writing letters and emails, following us on Twitter and sharing the news of the campaign far and wide.

 

Don’t forget to sign our e-petition!

Our e-petition is open and receiving ‘e-signatures’ here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CromwellMuseum

The petition will take just moments to complete – all we need is your name, email address and postcode.  We’re collecting postcodes so we can demonstrate to Cambridgeshire County Council that people who live both in and beyond the county value the Cromwell Museum and wish to keep it open.

Once you have signed the petition, it would be fantastic if you could share the link with your friends and family, asking them to sign too.

If you use Twitter, you can sign up to follow the campaign @SaveCromwellMsm – see the Twitter widget on the right hand side of this page.

A tale of two petitions

The Friends of the Cromwell Museum have today launched a new petition in their efforts to prevent the closure of the Cromwell Museum.

The petition, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CromwellMuseum, takes just moments to complete.  It simply requires you to input your name, email address and postcode.  We have asked for your postcode so we can demonstrate that people both in Cambridgeshire and around the country oppose the Museum’s closure. Please do spare the time to add your name.

The Friends are in the process of setting up a second petition, on the Cambridgeshire County Council e-petition site.  We are unsure when this will be launched – the matter is now beyond our control – but we hope it will be soon.  Once live, this petition will be open to Cambridgeshire residents only.  If it should reach 3,000 signatures, there is an opportunity for the issue to be debated at a meeting of full Council.  We will let you know as soon as this petition is open.

Thank you for your ongoing support.