Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Somerset Cricket Museum nets £250,000 legacy

THE Somerset Cricket Museum in Taunton has netted an early 21st birthday present in the shape of a £250,000 legacy.

The museum, located in the Grade II listed Old Priory Barn, at the County Ground, opened in 1989 and this week trustees were astonished to receive the legacy, left by Miss Patricia Watts.

They believe Miss Watts was probably following the wishes of her brother, David Watts, who was an active member of Somerset County Cricket Club in the Bath area until his death in 2004.

The museum is run as an independent organisation and is a registered charity.

The team of volunteers who initially raised £100,000 to enable the Somerset Cricket Museum to be established, have assembled a varied collection of Somerset cricketing memorabilia, as well as a reference and lending library.

The future of the Somerset Cricket Museum, which is widely acclaimed as one of the best of it’s kind in the country, now looks to be secure thanks to the legacy.

Chairman Charles Clive Ponsonby-Fane said: “We think that in 2004 Mr David Watts died and left his estate to his sister with the understanding that when she died the Cricket Museum would be one of her beneficiaries. Miss Patricia Watts died in August of this year, leaving us the legacy.”

“Next year will be the museum’s 21st birthday. This generous gift will allow us all a wonderful opportunity to look back on all that has been achieved and explore our aspirations for the future. It is my hope that we can safeguard the wellbeing of the Somerset Cricket Museum for the generations to come.”

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