Friends of the Museum

Vital fundraising and support for the Museum


About the Friends of Chiltern Open Air Museum

The Friends of Chiltern Open Air Museum are a fantastic organisation of loyal supporters. They provide invaluable assistance by raising thousands of pounds each year to keep the Museum going by selling goods through their Friends Centre Shop,  organising fundraising events and attending local shows and events every year and would really appreciate your support.  Membership is free to Annual Pass Holders.

The Friends can and do act as a conduit for anyone wishing to provide a donation towards the Museum but who wish their donation to remain anonymous.  We can liaise with the Museum on your behalf, claim the Gift Aid, and release the funds as and when the Museum needs them, whilst maintaining your confidentiality.

Friends of the Museum events 2018

Tutored Wine Tasting Evening
Friday 10th August 2018 in Skippings Barn at the Museum

Annual Quiz Supper
Saturday 20th October at Chalfont St Peter Church Hall

Annual Auction
Saturday 17th November 2018 at Chalfont St Peter Community Centre

Further events to be advised

200 Club Draw 2018-19

Application forms for the new 200 Club year starting 1st April are now available. Please fill out the 200 Club Application and return it to the address shown on the form. The closing date for applications is extended until 30th April.  All entries received by then will be included.  The first draw will be made at the Friends committee meeting in May.

The 200 Club is open to anyone to join (not just Friends of the Museum).

Friends of the Museum events 2017

Thank you to all who supported us during the year.

The Annual Quiz raised £900

The Annual Auction raised £2,500

Sales from the Friends Centre brought in £5,238

We look forward to your continued support in 2018.

200 Club Monthly Draw 2017

Congratulations to the winners in the last quarter of the 200 Club year 2017-18, who each receive £25:

January – Miss Verena Clark (no.70)

February – Mrs Linda Cooke (no.65)

March – Mr Richard Zealey (no.10)

200 Club Annual Draw 2017-18

The winning numbers were drawn at the Annual General Meeting on 18th March.  Congratulations to:

Miss A Paris (no.35) – £100

Mrs L M Wordsworth (no.39) – £50

Mr Richard Zealey (no.10) – £25

Report of the Friends Annual General Meeting 2018

The 35th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Chiltern Open Air Museum was held at the Museum on Sunday 18th March 2018.

The meeting included a report on the financial results for the year 1st November 2016 to 31st October 2017.  The headline figure is that the Friends provided support of over £15,000 to the Museum during the year. Most of this went towards the Museum’s general funds as a contribution to keeping it running on a day to day basis but they also provided specific funds towards the upkeep of two of the Museum’s buildings – the Prefab (following an anonymous donation) and Maidenhead Pavilion (which acts as the Friends Centre).

Their main sources of funds were from sales at the Friends Centre, the successful Annual Charity Auction, the Quiz supper, the 200 Club and attendance at local events. This year the apples from the Museum’s orchard were pressed to provide apple juice.  The bottling was paid for and the bottles sold by the Friends.  Expenses were kept to a minimum, consisting mainly of insurance, and stationery and stamps for the annual mail out to all Friends.

During the year the committee had been delighted to co-opt four new committee members.  They were duly elected at the AGM, together with the re-election of existing members:  Dick Lister (Treasurer), Tricia Phillips (Secretary), Tom Crosby, Diane Thomas, Doreen Toomey, Judy Snook, Alison Farlie, Deborah Zealey, Richard Zealey and Barbara Hayes.  The role of Chairman remains vacant.


How can you help us as a friend?

There are several ways in which you can help us and we hope you will find something amongst the suggested list below that appeals to you.

  • Stewarding the Maidenhead Pavilion Friends Centre (The Friends’ own charity shop at the Museum) especially at weekends and during the week in school holidays. If interested contact Diane Thomas via the Museum or email:
  • Donating unwanted presents, good condition bric-a-brac, books and toys to sell in the Friends Centre. You can leave all donations (no clothes please!) at the ticket office or bring into the Friends Centre if open.  If bulky, please contact Diane Thomas (as above)
  • Growing plants to sell at the Friends Centre (contact Diane Thomas, as above)
  • Joining the team of jam/marmalade makers whose produce is sold in the Friends Centre. Clean jars and labels are supplied and you can be reimbursed for ingredients.  If interested contact Gill Cassidy via the Museum, or email: or phone her on 01844 344461
  • Manning stalls at local fetes and shows to promote and raise the profile of the Museum
  • Making cakes to sell
  • Supporting us at social and fundraising events
  • Joining the Friends Committee – we currently have vacancies.

If you can help, please send an email to or contact as above.

Contacting the Friends

If you would like to contact the Friends of the Museum, please email or write to the Secretary, Friends of Chiltern Open Air Museum,  Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4AB.