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Josh & Thorne

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Friends of the Dean Heritage Centre

Who are The Friends of the Dean Heritage Centre and what is our purpose?How to find the Dean Heritage Centre
The Friends are an organisation of supporter's dedicated and committed to promoting and assisting the work of the Dean Heritage Centre, a local community founded venture. The Centre encompasses the Forest's very own museum, replica miners cottage, local and family history library, educational & craftsmen facilities, café, shop and much more, in beautiful surroundings in the Soudley valley. As a Friend you gain the opportunity to make a significant contribution to its continued future and success.

What do Friends do - how can I help?
Friends have volunteered in many different ways over the years, including office based roles, support on the front desk, collating artefacts, cleaning and gardening, car parking duties, visitor research, leaflet distribution, support during events and helping on the Friends committee. In fact the opportunities are endless and extremely varied! There's guaranteed to be something you would be able to help with and you may have some new and exciting ideas to share. Whether you can spare an occasional hour or could volunteer on a weekly basis, we would love to hear from you, so please get in touch.

One of the Friends ways of helping is to donate funds for items needed at the Centre. These have varied over the years from contributing building materials for the miners cottage, play area fencing & the marquee, helping to set up the Gage Library, to more recently paying for sheds, contributing to new lighting for the shop and specialised computer packages. A certain amount of this money comes from surplus Friends fees. However, some Friends generously also donate extra money when paying their subscriptions. Some Friends also kindly donate specifically for certain projects on appeal. This includes those who feel they are unable to volunteer because of age or do not live locally. From time to time, the Friends also undertake fund raising such as raffles & running stalls etc. The Friends also gained a Grant a few years ago to convert one of the Centre's areas into a Community Gallery (Gallery 41). If you have any experience with fund raising and / or grant applications, we would be delighted to use your expertise and hear your ideas.

How to become a Friend
To join the Friends you can EITHER  download a paper copy of an application form, fill it in and send it by post with a cheque to: The Friends Treasurer, Dean Heritage Centre, Camp Mill, Soudley, Glos GL14 2UB

Or  email us for details of how to pay direct to our bank, attaching a filled in downloaded copy of  an application form.

In either case you will receive your Friends card as soon as your application is fully received and processed. The card entitles you, on production at the entrance desk, free entry to the Centre, a discount on any goods purchased in the shop and quarterly Newsletters.
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How to contact us
On email:
By post: The Friends Treasurer, Dean Heritage Centre, Camp Mill, Soudley, Glos GL14 2UB