Save Saxonhouse campaign successful!
Saxonhouse needed its ridge renewing and also its thatch to be given some thorough TLC in order to survive into the next few years. The thatch keeps the rest of the building secure from the weather and prevents the building itself deteriorating. It was time for the thatcher to be called and money to be found for this technical job.
To this end, in January 2016, we decided to turn to crowd funding using Kickstarter. We were not sure how people would respond; would anyone want to help to fund this? Kickstarter is, of course, an all or nothing campaign, so we had the excitement and anxiety about whether we would reach our target! Our son, Arthur, also raised money through another campaign in China which involved sponsorship of a long walk.
Well we were astonished by people’s generosity and enthusiasm. Not only by the donations – for which we are tremendously grateful, but by the messages of support, the progress enquiries, the rallying calls of those re-posting to their own message boards and to Twitter.
We were delighted in April 2016 to announce that we had raised the required £3000 and the thatcher was with us in early summer.
We decided that the extra money raised will be used replace outworn artifacts and to fund further projects, which will enhance the Saxonhouse experience. We will keep you all updated about these.
See here for information on the thatching process.
Thank you all so much.
Total Raised: a magnificent
A huge thank you and big hugs to those folks who have made such generous donations. Love you all.
Jean Hopman Morgana Krinsley Vicky Barrett Helen Haime
Mark Mettam Alan Yull S A Kennington Stephen Wright
Marc Coxall Alan Kelly Kate Dicey Giles Kristian
Jason Briggs Gail Frederick Albrecht Angela Greenfield
Ineka Allez Glen Wilkinson Graham Bailey Albert Kasenter
Val Penycate Lyrik Chris Costello Chris Richardson
Phil Stevens Alison Forbes Chris Graham Foster
Libby Hood Derrick Robert George Nicu Christopher Tubb
Helen Suddaby Chris Hewitt Julia Bailey Pez
Pauline Loven Lauraine Compton Christine Anne Keenan Steve Broomfield
Katharyn Davies myf Maggie Nestor canadinhas
David Sutton Sari The Rau sisters Trudi Lynch
Timothy Southon Adam Rachel Kerr Mark Kitto
Gemma Gilleard Emma Hoole Demeter House Lynette Hobcroft
Tobias Reilly Linda Jones-Fawcett Dawn van Bruchem Kylie Maynard
Vince Williams Polly Chapman Katrina Hunt Steven Schwankert
Katy Church Wendy Pankhurst Vee Harness Matthew Wishek
Diane Worthington Emily Yang Holly Waller Chloe Cronogue
Colin Twyman Alicia Yasuhara Sue Doar Johan Terlouw
Roxanne Rose Davis Marshall Wiseman Katelyn Kirkland Sian Twigge
Richard Alexander Sabina Deligia Christine Lawrie Larry Kong
Kate Witney Jane Levicki Alan Ball Richard Rossi
Allison Janet Baker Bridey Barber Corey Ewels
Amy Gray Caroline Tong Bex Pavia Edwin Arneson
Lisa ShangGuan Mark Grigg Liu Jia Robert Harmann
Claire Yu Jose Liang Joanna Kitto Cathy Ye
Peter Williams Brent Beisher Sandy Lin
Stella Ku Caroline Bell