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e-newsletter No 3 - early June 2020

Photo Credits to Jonnie Pay
The e-newsletter is widening it's scope to include more of the activities around the Railway.

VOLUNTEERS NEWS:

With the restrictions eased slightly and with appropriate social distancing measures in place, our fantastic, hardworking and truly dedicated volunteers have been able to undertake some essential lineside clearance at a variety of locations across the railway!

This will open back up some great photographic locations when our train services recommence.

We are always on the lookout for more volunteers and maintenance of our lineside is something often missed when people join a railway.

We are particularly looking for someone to take charge of our Lineside Clearance, so if anyone out there enjoys volunteering, working outdoors, in an area of outstanding natural beauty and would like the opportunity of being in charge of 4 1/2 miles of lineside maintenace which includes:
• Keeping on top of vegetation.
• Managing various teams of lineside volunteers.
• Following appropriate railway rules and regulations.

Then please get in touch! We’d be delighted to hear from you.

Working on the lineside is a very rewarding task, makes the views even better for our passengers and if you’re into photography you get access to otherwise off limit areas to take photos of our beautifully restored steam and diesel trains!

If you’d just like to join us to help keep on top of our lineside clearance or are interested in taking the lead on Lineside Clearance at our heritage railway then please email jonnie.pay@spavalleyrailway.co.uk or direct message our page.

Thank you to all our volunteers for your hard work!

Regards 

Jonnie Pay
Commercial and Finance Manager

Crisis Fund Update - Provided by David Cross - Treasurer of Tunbridge Wells & Eridge Railway Preservation Society

As at the 3rd June 2020, you had raised at least £8,432 for the Crisis appeal, and further donations have come in since then.  There will also be Gift Aid to be claimed for many of these donations.
 
We have also had one off, COVID-19 grants and a COVID-19 business rates holiday. This amounts to £37,123, and means that the railway can meet, large one off costs like the insurance.
 
We have managed to meet the first step of the appeal, which was to cover fixed costs and very essential maintenance.
 
The Leadership Team led actions have also minimised costs.  However they are looking to the future at the next steps, and there will be a need to fund essential works, and take advantage to carry out works that would normally have to wait until January when there would be no services.
 
The next stage is to raise between £3000 to £5000 per month to cover regular fixed costs, and essential volunteer work. There will also be the continuing need to:-
 

  • Have one off appeals such as hiring a 360, and the materials for the yard work, again my thank you to the very quick and generous response to this appeal - Led by Paul McKinnell
  • Continued fund raising for the Jinty Appeal
  • An appeal to help the landslip works, where significant further work is anticipated from January 2021.

 
We would also look to secure further grants, but when we look into these we are excluded from applying for many of these, however if you would like to help the railway, by preparing bids where we you think, we could qualify for a grant, please contact me via finance@spavalleyrailway.co.uk.
 
Please continue to support the railway and it various projects, you have done incredibly well so far, and we are so very grateful for all the support we have received.

If you are in a position to assist us in anyway, even if it is a small donation - all the £10's add up and help cover costs, then please do consider donating to us via PayPal:

PayPal here:

Please only help us if you are in a position to do so, your own health and wellbeing must come first.

We will operate again and when that day comes, whilst it will be very calm and steady, we hope you will be able to support us.

If you wish to setup a regular standing order to assist us, you can use the following details:

Account name: Crisis Fund SVR

Account type: Business reserve account 

  • Account number - 8 5 5 0 7 4 7 4
  • Sort code - 5 5 - 7 0 - 1 3
  • IBAN - GB42NWBK55701385507474
  • BIC - NWBKGB2L

Bank address

Natwest
89 Mount Pleasant Road  
Tunbridge Wells  
Kent  

Please ensure you enter the correct name when setting up a standing order/bank transfer, as with the new rules, they need to match.

You can of course Gift Aid your donation if you are eligible, our Gift Aid forms can be DOWNLOADED HERE

The Railway continues to adapt and adopt modern technologies to allow us to maintain our passion of Heritage Railways.
The Leadership Team is meeting regularly via Microsoft Teams as are the Trustees of the Society.
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