Thursday, 24 January 2019

The BT MyDonate Page

It is with a sad heart that we have just learned that BT MyDonate will be totally closing and not be accepting donations after the 30th June.  The donations made via the BT MyDonate page will be accepted up to midnight on the 30th, and forwarded to us in the usual way, together with the GiftAid you may have added.

If you have been thinking of making donations via this platform please do so now, and definitely before the cut off date of the 30th June.

We have been in contact with the Trust administrator for the MyDonate page and was told that he had only been notified this week!  The Trust (who administer our page) are actively looking into a new donations platform.  Once we know which donations platform the Bluebell Trust are using we will let you know. 

In the mean whilst thank you for your donations so far, and those to come in the future.

We can still take donations in cash or by cheque (made payable to the Bluebell Railway Trust) if they are accompanied by one of our donation forms you can add gift aid to your contribution.  It is also possible to set up a standing order donation via the Bluebell Railway Trust again by printing and using one of our forms (below).

A heart felt thank you from The Project Team

Monday, 14 January 2019

Welcome to 2019!

Happy new year to all of our supporters.  The Fenchurch Fund / Project 27 hope you had a good festive break and are looking forward to the year ahead. 

It has been a little quiet news wiser over the Christmas period, but work has been going on with work being carried out most weekends.  I am hoping to get an update to pass on shortly, but until I do, I have been looking through the archives and scanning some pictures of 27 and other small locos, a few of which I will share with you now.

No.27 Primrose leaves Horsted Keynes bound for Sheffield Park on the 15th September 1962  (S.C.Nash)
27 rests in Sheffield Park Yard in 1961 (N. Hamshire) 
No 27 in the pump house siding  minus her chimney on the 10th March 1968 (W.L.Anderson)

27 double heading with 72 at the Bluebell on Parade event in may 1974 (Norman Blake)
31178 at, it is believed, Stewarts Lane circa 1955 (Fenchurch Fund Collection)
323 in SECR Grey livery in the bay at Otford some time just after WW1 (John Speller)
As we started out as to raise funds for small locos, and at the time Fenchurch in particular, I have added a picture of her here too.  It is hoped that she will be working for het 150th anniversary of being introduced to traffic in 2022.
2636 at, it is believed, Newhaven around 1930 (Real Photographs)
The work on Southern Railway Loco No.A27 will be, as ever, reliant on available funding, the more we can raise the more work we can do.

I am sure you would like to see 27 working as much as we do, and to help us to reach the stage of a working locomotive, we need all the help we can get!  Please donate as much as you can afford, no matter how small, it all makes a difference.  Or if you have items that you would like to donate for our sales stands or items suitable for auction (model railways or  railwayana), we would be pleased to receive them.

To donate on line, please go to our BT MyDonate page:
or use the QR code below.

If you would like to make a regular donation, please ask for a Standing Order form by email to the address below, please also use this address for enquiries and offers of physical help.

The Project is entirely self funded and relies on your donations and sales stand purchases
for the work to continue
Thank you for your continued support of the Fenchurch Fund and The Small Loco Group (Known together as PROJECT 27)  It is much appreciated.