£2.5m helicopter museum fund bid
THE trustees of Weston-super-Mare's Helicopter Museum are planning to bid for a £2.5 million lottery grant to help pay for an expansion plan.
The registered charity is planning improvements that would cost a total of £3.5 million and are looking to the Heritage Lottery Fund to provide the bulk of the funding, with the remainder coming from sponsors and museum income.
The museum, which is run mainly by volunteers, has about 30,000 visitors per year and claims to have the biggest collection of helicopters in the world, with 80 different types on show.
The project involves building a new two-storey entrance building to replace a prefabricated building, which currently houses the museum's café, shop, two display rooms and toilets, and a converted mobile home used for offices.