Operation Undercover -
27 March 2003
WOODPAX PURCHASE COMPLETED
You will no doubt be pleased to
hear that we were able to complete the purchase of the site (as shown on the plan below) successfully yesterday.
As a result of the amazing generosity of Bluebell members and shareholders,
we have raised over £370,000 so far. This includes a substantial element of
Gift Aid which will have to be recovered from the Inland Revenue over the
next few months. However, the cash available to us for completion was
sufficient to pay for the land and we have only had to ask for a small short
term "bridge" from the Plc while we await recovery of Gift Aid.
We are now moving on to work on the application to the Heritage Lottery
Fund. We are drawing up an account of the appeal and will report on what
has been received and how it has been spent at the AGM in May.
Some work will take place on the new site over the summer to fence it off
and make new access ways. Other than that, we will leave it untouched until
the result of our application to the HLF is known. A realistic timetable
for the new building to open (assuming we are successful) is 3 years from
To everyone who contributed to the appeal, thanks for your support. There
is still a long way to go to raise the remaining part of our funding
obligation, and we will be asking members to consider support by standing
orders to help fund the ongoing development work.
The photos above shows the model of the outline building plan, although changes have already been proposed, and further discussions with interested parties on the railway continue, working towards agreeing a firm building design.
Donations to the Appeal can be sent on this form which can be printed out and sent in. Those who have previously pledged money were sent forms specific to their pledges.
We still need donations
to enable us to repay interest-free loans, and to provide parternership funding for an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the costs of building a stock storage and display shed on the new land. The money donated towards the land purchase counts towards our partnership funding, but we need to raise more to achieve our 25% contribution towards the overall project.
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Last updated 27 March 2003 and 10 January 2005 by Richard Salmon
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