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Newsletter: February 2020 - Christmas Memory Tree Thanks to all of you who supported our Christmas Memory Tree. We raised £740 which was split equally between our current appeal and Macmillan Cancer Support. The tree looked amazing with hundreds of memories tied to it! Garden Railway and Crazy Golf Weather permitting our Garden Railway… Continue reading Newsletter: February 2020 Newsletter: Autumn 2019 - Autumn, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Romantic yes, but Keats never ran a railway! The ECO team are always busy keeping the site tidy and cutting back the rampant undergrowth, whilst the railway team have recently been extending the narrow gauge railway track. More of that later. Railway… Continue reading Newsletter: Autumn 2019 Newsletter: Summer 2019 - Is this the Summer? I’m sure the gardeners and farmers will be thankful for the recent rain, however Thomas, Percy and friends on our garden railway don’t appreciate the wet weather. Railway Museum We have now spent all of the £46,000 you helped raise for the railway museum extension, which… Continue reading Newsletter: Summer 2019 Newsletter: Spring 2019 - You might have thought that Spring was here in mid February however meteorologically spring started on the 1st March, (or for the budding astronomers amongst you, not until the 20th March). The fine weather certainly brought visitors flocking to Granites and the nature trails over the half-term week; we had… Continue reading Newsletter: Spring 2019 Newsletter: Christmas 2018 - Where has the year gone? As well as the usual DMU shuttle services on the railway there were again services onto the GCR’s main line. Our Mountsorrel Granite Wagons were also out and about as part of the GCR’s Goods Galore gala. Our restored Brake Van saw its first outing… Continue reading Newsletter: Christmas 2018 Newsletter: November 2018 - Well winter is fast approaching, and dare I mention Christmas. With the recent mild weather the garden railway has continued to run at weekends although “leaves on the line” takes on a whole new meaning when you are only one 22nd scale! Whose idea was it to build the track… Continue reading Newsletter: November 2018 Discovery Centre: July 2018 - Discovery Project: Lottery Funding Application Sadly our application for £800,000 funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for our Discovery Project has been unsuccessful. Recent changes at HLF have seen a significant reduction in the maximum amount they award to projects, and there has been a shift in emphasis towards… Continue reading Discovery Centre: July 2018