AXA staff help colleague honour Southwold roots with museum mission

Staff from AXA's Ipswich office volunteered to paint Southwold's Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum. Pictu

Staff from AXA's Ipswich office volunteered to paint Southwold's Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum. Picture: JONATHAN HUNT - Credit: Jonathan Hunt

A popular coastal museum has been given a revamp – thanks to a team of office staff.

Staff from AXA's Ipswich office volunteered to paint Southwold's Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum. Pictu

Staff from AXA's Ipswich office volunteered to paint Southwold's Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum. Picture: JONATHAN HUNT - Credit: Jonathan Hunt

The eight volunteers from AXA Insurance in Ipswich rolled up their sleeves and helped to give the south wall of Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum in Southwold a fresh lick of paint.

It comes after essential repairs were carried out by local firm Duncan and Son, to prevent water entering the building. They were led by Jonathan Balls, raised in Reydon and Southwold, whose parents and grandparents ran Southwold Shoes.

Jonathan's father and grandfather, Andrew and George, were both keepers of the Southwold lighthouse – and his favourite drink remains a pint of Adnams Broadside. He arranged the working party following a recent trip to the museum, which the team also cleaned from top to bottom, including the old lifeboat. One of the museum trustees said: 'Their offer to help us was like manna from heaven.'

Staff from AXA's Ipswich office volunteered to paint Southwold's Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum. Pictu

Staff from AXA's Ipswich office volunteered to paint Southwold's Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum. Picture: JONATHAN HUNT - Credit: Jonathan Hunt

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Jonathan Balls, who organised the AXA team. Picture: JONATHAN HUNT

Jonathan Balls, who organised the AXA team. Picture: JONATHAN HUNT - Credit: Jonathan Hunt

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