The West Somerset Railway Joint Fundraising Group is pleased to announce that it has been able to support the PLC in submitting, on behalf of the whole railway, a substantial 6-figure bid to the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage established by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
The bid focuses on winter infrastructure work for 2020/21, Covid-19 preparations for re-opening the Railway in 2021 and skills retention.
The Fundraising Group would like to thank all of those organisations and individuals on the WSR who contributed to development of the application.
The WSR also received a significant number of letters of support from MPs, local authorities and stakeholder organisations across West Somerset. Copies of their letters of support can be read HERE.
The result of the bid is expected to be known by the end of September but the Railway has found the process of making the bid has been of great value in defining priorities, formulating plans, and strengthening channels of co-operative working.

For Further details please contact either Robin White, Chair Fundraising Group robin.white@wsra.org.uk or Steve Williams, PLC Bid lead Director steve@williamsemail.uk

Following the success of the progress blog on the completion of 9351 last year, the WSRA has now started a progress blog on the work on Small Prairie 4561 as it moves towards a rolling chassis.  The blog will be updated approximately weekly, whenever there is good progress to report and it can be read HERE