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 obtained planning permission to extend our Railway Museum by adding a third bay to the west of existing building. The existing building will then 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.
Now to why we need to get the news out as soon as possible. The project cost is £50,000, however we have already secured some funding leaving us £36,000 to find. We have a guaranteed offer to match all donations made this year up to £18,000. Matched funding means that for every £1 donated it will be matched with a further £1. We want to make the most of this very generous offer so we need your help to raise the remaining £18,000 this year
Any amount large or small is greatly appreciated. Remember, every pound you donate will be matched so your £1 will be worth £2 towards our target. If you are a UK tax payer then please consider gift-aiding your donation so that every £1 will, with matched funding, equate to £2.50!
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 1st January we have raised (including Gift Aid and matched funding) £44,483. Thank You.