Cotswold Cricket Museum saved from closure

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A museum dedicated to the history of cricket has been saved from closure after pledges of support were received.

Earlier this month it was announced the attraction in Stow-on-the-Wold was under threat due to a lack of funds.

Owner Andy Collier said he was optimistic up to £10,000 would be raised through a new museum membership scheme.

He also said the landlord had agreed to reduce the rent.

Mr Collier said a financial shortfall had arisen because people had stopped using a tea shop, which helped fund the centre.

"It left us with a big financial hole which we had to dig out of, and fortunately we've managed to do that," he said.

The new membership scheme will charge up to £50 per year for visitors to have unlimited access to the museum.

The collection, which opened in 2012, contains items such as a bat used by WG Grace, antique balls, cricket clothing and photographs.

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