This is the quiet month or two after Xmas, but it seems to be busy this year! Shop takings are rising again after the post-Xmas blues, six volunteers did a Food Hygeine course at the weekend to increase the catering coach staff, new S&D products are on order for the shop, donations of goods for the second hand shop have been phenomenal, track is extending (see previous post) and bank clearance is proceeding well, though the lure of warmth from the bonfires may be the main reason for this! The signalbox is now about to be glazed, barge-boarded and finialed, which will mean external completion.
And in the last couple of weeks we've received four grants - £49,500 HLF money for the museum, £1000 from British Airways for up platform work, £2000 from the local council for Sentinel restoration and a free computer, software and year's broadband connection from BT.
Visitor numbers and membership are also rising as we begin to push the line more aggressively with public trains now just over a year away!