Wisbech Castle Update, 5th September 2018
Having spent a few hours at the Castle today its exciting to see that it remains a hive of activity.
We are moving into the closing stages of a preparations and we expect the house and Cafe to be open to the public later this month, with the Vaults to follow a month or two later.
Today we had the alarm people in revamping and upgrading our security and checking all our Fire Alarms Precautions (all have a clean bill of health.)
We had workmen in quoting on some of the jobs our volunteers can’t do, as well as volunteers in painting, repairing, cleaning, gardening and setting up the Pump House for its future use as a Cafe and Tourist Information Centre.
There is a real feeling of anticipation as we can see the end in sight now. The number of completed jobs are stacking up behind us and the queue of future jobs is shrinking in front. More and more areas are “finished” now. Things that seemed very distant not so long ago; the Gift Shop, the Vaults Refurb, some other wishlist projects, are becoming imminent.
Wisbech Castle has already had its first couple of commercial bookings, despite not being “officially” open yet. We have some exciting events planned for the next three months, and we hope to have our “official opening” ceremony of the entire project in November sometime, that being the point where all the main tasks should be complete.
We remain dramatically under budget, although costs will rise once the place is open and being used more regularly by the public – but we feel that we have the budget well under control.
Once everything is “done” and we have had the house, gardens, cafe and vaults open to the public for a few months we will begin to look at “phase 2” of the Project, which will be developing its use as a venue, adding more value, enhancing the historic, heritage and educations offers, and making improvements to the site which will benefit the town for years to come.
Once again, huge thanks to the incredible volunteers who have done so very much, despite the occasional setback, and continue to be soul of the project. Without them, we would be nowhere. Together, we have blown all predictions out of the water and there’s lots more to come.
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