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The Mountsorrel Railway is part of the Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage Centre. This website is no longer updated. For updates see: http://heritage-centre.co.uk/

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

“Sponsor A Brick Appeal” Launched

Having received a conditional grant from Lafarge-Tarmac’s Landfill Communities Fund of £540,000 towards the proposed Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage Centre on Swithland Lane, the Mountsorrel Railway Project still has to raise £56,000 in matched funding. This is urgent since the project needs to be completed within eighteen months and work cannot start until the match funding is raised.

 
To help raise this figure a “Sponsor A Brick Appeal” has been launched where you can sponsor the bricks that will be used to combine, into one unified building, the different structures that form the core of the Heritage Centre.  The names of sponsors will appear on a large commemorative plaque that will feature in the tearoom at the Centre. The price of sponsoring an individual brick has been set at £50.

Project Leader Steve Cramp said “Whilst we are ready to go with the construction of Bond Lane Halt, we are also set for a very busy few months raising the relatively small remaining balance needed to progress the Community Heritage Centre. I hope this ambitious scheme will capture the publics' imagination and they will want to join us in clearing this last financial hurdle.”

If you want to view progress on the railway, walk round the newly created nature trail and see the plans for the Community Heritage Centre, there will be Open Public Consultation Days on March 22nd and March 29th from 11am to 2pm with guided tours starting at the Swithland Lane entrance. Please note that there is no site parking so please make every effort to arrive via other means where possible.

If you want to help the Brick Appeal, cheques for £50 (or multiples of £50!) should be sent to The David Clarke Railway Trust (Registered Charity 1104839) 112 Balmoral Road, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, LE12 7EW. Please write “Sponsor a Brick” on the back of the cheque.

4 comments:

Paul Edeson said...

As one who hasn't used cheques for years but wants to contribute, would'nt it be possible to set up other forms of donating such as paypal or direct bank transfer

George Overton said...

Hi Paul. Yes you can donate online or by bank transfer, but because our banking is currently done via DCRT (GCR), we need to be careful to separate out money for the project from other DCRT money. Please email steve@mountsorrelrailway.org.uk to receive details of how to donate this way. Many thanks for your support!

Caroline Moss said...

I too no longer use cheques, so would be great if could publicise some way of paying on line. Paypal? Virgin Money? If it's something quick might catch a few spontaneous sponsors :-)

George Overton said...

Thanks Caroline. As I explained above, we're currently unfortunately unable to take advantage of Paypal and Virgin Money because the project doesn't yet have its own bank account. Instead we use DCRT's (the David Clarke Railway Trust), which is mostly for developments on the Great Central Railway (GCR). Email steve@mountsorrelrailway.org.uk and he'll explain how you can still donate online, in a way that means the donation can be chanelled to the project and not to the GCR more generally. Sorry about this. Thanks.

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