Your Views & Support Wanted
The Great Central Woodland Management Committee is planning to set up a “railway heritage trail” around the part of the woodland that was occupied by the railway wagon yards until the 1960’s.
The trail will have a series of boards next to paths in the woodland, indicating what used to be there and its importance for village history.
These are the sort of boards we are thinking of using. This example is in the Pocket Park, close to Dairy Farm and Harley Equestrian.
We need to raise cash for the boards which are expected to cost around £5000 for the five. The Parish Council will match funds from other sources such as resident’s contributions or company sponsorships and arrange installation.
We’ve got a Just Giving page so you can contribute.
Here is how the first board, near the Co-op might look….
There would also be a downloadable trail guide with more information which would probably be like the current Railway Walk guide.
The idea would be to work with heritage groups such as the Great Central Railway Enthusiasts Association, the History Society, the Archive Trust and village residents to make sure we give the right information.
At this stage we would like to know:-
- Are there details that you think should be included?
- We want to include personal quotes from people that remember the railway. If you would like to contribute a memory then please let us know.
- Do you have any other ideas for the trail?
To let us know what you think, please leave a comment on this post, on our Facebook page or drop us an email with your ideas.
Help To Sponsor a Board
If you would like to make a contribution to the cost you can donate at our Just Giving page or if you’d rather send a cheque so that all your donation goes to the fund (Just Giving take a small percentage for their service) then get in touch here.
All contributors (unless you prefer to be anonymous) will be added to the Heritage Trail Supporters page on the web site that will be linked to the trail.
If your business would like to make a significant contribution to this project and to be identified as a sponsor on one or more boards (as well as being named as a supporter on the web site with a link to your own site), then please email us here.
(Any funds that we raise in excess of what is needed will be used for projects in the Woodland)