• Wind Energy Museum owner Debra Nicholson braved a unique waterwheel version of the Ice Bucket Challenge
  • Museum volunteers and friends joined the fundraising effort in aid of the MND Association on Saturday 30th August.
  • The event took place at the Wind Energy Museum
  • Locals wishing to take the challenge are welcome to book in at the museum for their chance to take part.
10610817_10204752957725999_1023856242188441608_nDebra Nicholson, owner of the Wind Energy Museum in Repps with Bastwick received an Ice Bucket Challenge nomination from her family and knew exactly how she wanted to take the plunge – under the large and fully operational scoop wheel on the site.
Word soon spread on social media about Debra’s plans and soon, volunteers and friends of
the museum decided to make a big splash too to support the MND Association.
One by one, some in fancy dress, the daring fundraisers took a seat under the impressive restored water wheel that the museum rescued from Whitlingham, where it would have been used at the si??????????????????????????de of a windpump to drain the marshes. Now it was providing a gushing stream of icy water, perfect for taking part in the online phenomen gathering momentum on Facebook and Twitter.
Debra said “It was great fun and I was so impressed with our volunteers who dropped everything to get a soaking for an important cause. Now we’ve dried off a bit we’ll all be donating to MND. I’m more than happy for anyone else who has been nominated to have a go at my version of the Ice Bucket Challenge here at the Museum.”

Anyone wishing to brave the waterwheel challenge is invited to call Debra on 07796 407864 or contact her via the Wind Energy Museum website



Wind Energy Museum:

Staithe Road, Repps with Bastwick, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR29 5JU. Contact Debra Nicholson: 07796 407864 / Website:
Debra also recently organised the Thurne Mill Abseil to fund the maintenance of this historic wind pump just a few miles from the museum itself.
From the Wind Energy Museum website:
UK’s premier wind heritage site dedicated to preserving the heritage of wind power past, present & future.
We are a small family run business situated in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, nestled on the Marsh in the sleepy village of Repps with Bastwick and Thurne Mill is just a short walk along the riverbank. We pride ourselves with a friendly, informative and personal service. The site is set in 2.75 acres in the rural village of Repps-cum-Bastwick it is very secluded with spectacular views and a relaxing feel.
Bob Morse, the founder of the museum had a lifelong devotion to windmills, wind power and other associated machinery, which thankfully created the only collection of its kind in the UK.
What is there to do?
• Open days
• Special events
• Group Visits
• Circular Walk along the river to Thurne
• A variety of illustrated Talks on site or at your venue
• Art & Craft Workshops
• School Visits
• Strawberry Cream Teas
• Guided Tours
• Exhibition room
• Model Windmills
• Volunteering opportunities
• Sponsorship Opportunities
• At Thurne Mill we offer
• An historic insight into early wind power and drainage
• Special events
• Open Days
• Informative talks

MND Association: Find out more about the organisation and the Ice Bucket Challenge on their website