Here at “MARCH” we are constantly looking at ways of improving the Heritage Centre, Nature Trail and Railway. Our volunteers work tirelessly to maintain, improve and extend the site. Since the official opening of the railway in October 2015 we have:-
- Completed and opened the Heritage Centre Building in April 2016.
- Raised funds for and built, the quarry recreation area and Quarry Heritage building.
- Built the Railway Museum with sidings and narrow gauge layout.
- Constructed the high viewing area and Granite’s Shack.
- Created a second nature trail and den building area.
- Installed the Garden Railway.
- And most recently we have opened our 9 hole crazy golf course.
We have achieved so much that on January 25th, 2017 HRH The Prince of Wales chose to visit and acknowledge the amazing work of our volunteers.
So what’s next?
We have nearly completed our Railway Museum extension by adding a third bay to the west of existing building. The existing building will be used exclusively for display of exhibits, whilst the extension will provide a dedicated space for our restoration projects. This will result in a cleaner environment for our exhibits and a more enjoyable experience for our visitors.
We have launched an appeal to raise £4,800 to allow us to fit-out the Railway Museum building. This will entail creating interpretation boards for all the exhibits, walk-ways and stairs to allow access, and audio presentations. Until September 1st a Mountsorrel resident has agreed to match-fund all donations. Any amount large or small is greatly appreciated and remember that , every £10 you donate will be doubled to £20 by our match funder. If you are a UK tax payer then please consider gift-aiding your donation so that every £10 will, increase to £25 at no extra cost to you!
If you would like to donate by cheque then we have a Donation Form which includes a Gift Aid Declaration for you to complete. Please send cheques made payable to “DCRT” (The David Clarke Railway Trust) to 240 Swithland Lane, Rothley, Leicestershire. LE7 7UE (Please write ‘Museum Building Extension’ on the reverse of cheques).
If you have any queries or you would like to donate on-line then contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of 21st August we have raised (including Gift Aid and matched funding) £4,569, towards our £4,800 target. Remember that the match funding runs until the end of August so, if you are considering a donation, please make the most of your well earned money by donating before then. Thank You.