Friday, 9 July 2021

The winds of change are coming!

Things are on the cusp of change, and if Boris is right we will be coming out of restrictions soon.  This will mean that it should be possible for the Engineering Side of the group to get back to meaningful work on the loco in the not too distant future.  It is hoped that the loco will be available for inspection during the Bluebell 60+1 event in August (this is to be confirmed).

We will be having sales stands at the Bluebell Railway Modelling Weekend July 31st / August 2nd.  We will be located in the usual place upstairs in the Birch Grove Suite (above the Bessemer Arms).

For the Bluebell 60+1 event, we will be back in out usual place on Platform 1 at Sheffield Park, adjacent to the main Bluebell Shop.  We will have the usual quality items plus a few extra items, and hopefully some of the new stock will have arrived by then!

The new stock will include T-Shirts in light grey (in all popular sizes),  Mugs, Coasters, Drinks Bottles and caps.  These will all have the artists impression of the loco in Southern Green painted by, and used with the agreement of, Matthew Cousins.  Below you can see some mock ups of some of the items.

These items, plus others, will also be available on the on line shop (see link below).  We will also be introducing a "bookshop" within the online shop.  This is in the process of being set up, and will include mainly railway/transport books, but also one or two other titles that may be of interest.  The selection is currently composed of donated books. 

We are all looking forward to getting back to our hobby as soon as possible, and the sales stands (and my signal box turns) is the way forward!  I know that Matt, Ben and Jim are excitedly gradually building up to getting back to major works on site!  There have been many hours putting things in place so they are ready to "hit the ground running" once the signal is given!






https://the-fenchurch-fund---project-27.square.site/

If you would like to help by donating to the cause, please donate anything you can afford to help us see our efforts and passion come to a successful end.

A donation of £27 would go a long way towards our aim.
(with gift aid that becomes £33.75)

If you can help us, please make your donation on line at: 

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/27

You can also give via standing order to the Bluebell Railway Trust (please contact us for a form) or regular payments via Virgin Money Giving.

We are a completely self funded group of Bluebell Railway Volunteers working hard to look after and promote the small locomotive fleet on the Bluebell Railway.

Thank you for your continuing support.

The Team


 

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

End of March 2021

Well, it's been far too long since we posted about the restoration, and unfortunately, we are still unable to get to Sheffield Park to carry out physical works to the loco.  However, the fund raising has continued albeit not so vigorously as previous years!  We have had a steady trickle of jam, marmalade and chutney sales, this is from a table with an honesty box, placed outside a friends house. This is situated near St. Peter's church in Upper Beeding.

HOWEVER! We have now crashed into the 21st century and have opened an online shop! yes, you heard right!  The shop can be found via the link below.  We are constantly adding stock to the list, both one off items and some of the items you might expect to see on our physical sales stand.  There are currently plenty of items for you to look at, and more will be added this week!

Home | The Fenchurch Fund - Project 27 (square.site)

We are hoping to be able to get back to working on the loco later this year as restrictions, both government and railway, are lifted.  there is still plenty to do which will, of course need paying for!

If you would like to help by donating to the cause, please donate anything you can afford to help us see our efforts and passion come to a successful end.

A donation of £27 would go a long way towards our aim.
(with gift aid that becomes £33.75)

If you can help us, please make your donation on line at: 

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/27

You can also give via standing order to the Bluebell Railway Trust (please contact us for a form) or regular payments via Virgin Money Giving.

We are a completely self funded group of Bluebell Railway Volunteers working hard to look after and promote the small locomotive fleet on the Bluebell Railway.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Monday, 17 August 2020

Latest Update

Unfortunately, there is no work currently allowed on site at Sheffield Park.  This is disappointing but we must comply with the Government and BRPS/PLC directions.  
 
However, here is a picture that the Fund has recently bought via eBay. It shows 27 sitting on the Pumphouse siding at Sheffield Park.  Unfortunately the photographers name is unknown.  It was taken on Sunday 19th of September 1971.

 SECR P Class No.27 at Sheffield Park on the Pumphouse Siding 19/09/1971
The Fundraising team are about to place an order for a new selection of stock, including badges, polo shirts, mugs etc..  We will be advertising these as we release them.

We will be re-starting our fund raising activities as soon as we are able to and hopefully before the end of the year.

We also hope to be able to start working at Sheffield Park again on the physical restoration of the loco.  This does, however, depend on the Bluebell Railway restrictions and working practices being in place.

We are hoping this will happen soon as we have already lost 6 moths of progress.
 

Donations


If you can help us, please make your donation on line at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/27

Standing Order Donations

You can also give via standing order to the Bluebell Railway Trust (please contact us for a form).

The Rivet Club

You will soon be able to join the Rivet Club and make the difference! at £3 a month you could help us see SECR loco No 27 return to steam within the next 5 years! Once signed up you’ll also receive a copy of our quarterly E-newsletter as a way of saying thank you as well as keeping you up to date with our current progress! More details will follow shortly!

Please donate if you are able, it will make  a great difference to the restoration programme.

Thank You
 
 
 

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

A short update

 
Well, here we are in mid July, still working from home and unable to visit the Railway for any purpose whatsoever.
 
Consequently, there is currently no work being carried out on the loco.  We also have not been able to attend any events for fund raising.  However, all is not totally stationary.  There is still plenty of work going on behind the scenes.
 
We are currently restocking and will be releasing new items later in the year.  These will include mugs, coasters and polo shirts, plus other items still to be finalised.
 
Just for interest, I have added a few pictures below, these are in the collection, but I do not have the photographers name.
 
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Keep safe and well during this strange time we are living through and I will post more pictures later!
 
Please also remember that the Bluebell have opened an EMERGENCY FUND. Without a railway to return to, we will have nowhere to run No.27!
For donations to the BLUEBELL RAILWAY EMERGENCY FUND go to: 

 
For PROJECT 27 donations please go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/27
 
Thank you
 
Clive Emsley
Chairman of the Fenchurch Fund. (A sub-committee of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society)


 

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

More lockdown photos

Just a few more pictures for you.

Sean Smeeth has just sent me scans of photographs taken by the late Fred Warren who was a guard on the Bluebell in the early days. It is always great to see new pictures and these are no exception. They show 27 in 1961 and one in 1969.  I am sure that you will agree they are worthy of showing on here.
 
We are still unable to work on the loco at Sheffield Park, but there is a fair amount of "behind the scenes" planning and research going on to sort ou8t what we need to do once we are able to start working again on the restoration.
 
It is likely that there will be very little "front line" fundraising this year to support the restoration team, but rest assured we will be back with redoubled effort as soon as we are able.
 
Anyway, enough from me, let's have a look at the pictures!
The naming ceremony with Bishop Geoffery Warde (former Bishop of Lewes) carrying out the blessing in 1961
No 27 with the "Chesham" set on Platform 2 at Sheffield Park, also in 1961. It is likely that there will be another loco at the rear of the train to pull the train back from Bluebell Halt.
 
27 in SECR guise with a 2 carriage SECR set of carriages heading for Horsted Keynes in June 1969
How great it would be to recreate the last photo in the future!
 
Keep safe and well during this strange time we are living through and I will post more pictures later!
 
Please also remember that the Bluebell have opened an EMERGENCY FUND. Without a railway to return to, we will have nowhere to run No.27!
 
For donations to the BLUEBELL RAILWAY EMERGENCY FUND go to: 
 
For PROJECT 27 donations please go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/27
 
Thank you
 
Clive Emsley
Chairman of the Fenchurch Fund. (A sub-committee of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society)
 

Friday, 1 May 2020

A few pictures from Mark Baker

Mark Baker (one of the Kingscote Stationmasters) took these pictures of (parts of) No.27 back in the latter part of the last century, or early part of this.  They show what we started out with on our restoration journey!
The rolling chassis (with complete motion) parked on Turners Siding behind Platform 2 at Sheffield Park with basic protection of a tarpaulin
 
A later view of the frames, still on Turners Siding having lost the tarpaulin and left open to the elements.
 
the cab, with tanks under located outside the "new" lobby at Sheffield Park (the lobby was situated where the new maintenance facility is now situated).
Mark first came to the Railway at a very young age, but was only 16 moths old when the loco drew steam for the last time.
 
It is believed that the last crew on the loco in 1974 was Driver Pip Stevens and Fireman Mick Pearson, though this is to be confirmed.  I wonder who the next crew will be!
 
Keep safe and well during this strange time we are living through and I will post more pictures later!
 
Please also remember that the Bluebell have opened an EMERGENCY FUND. Without a railway to return to, we will have nowhere to run No.27!
 
For donations to the BLUEBELL RAILWAY EMERGENCY FUND go to: 
 
For PROJECT 27 donations please go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/27
 
Thank you
 
Clive Emsley
Chairman of the Fenchurch Fund. (A sub-committee of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society)