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BISHOP`S CASTLE MICHAELMAS FAIR
Saturday 22nd September
Mid morning till Late
If you are visiting Bishop`s Castle for the Michaelmas Fair, you will find BCRS in three places in the town this year. Following the closure of the museum in School Lane the BCRS artefacts are now on display in The House on Crutches Museum at the side of the Town Hall. There will also be display boards and sales in the Craft Fair in the Town Hall and the Weighbridge site will be open to the public with guided tours of the building and viewing of the mechanism inside the weighbridge pit.
For further information www.michaelmasfair.co.uk
National Heritage Day September 8th
Despite a rather dismal damp afternoon, there were a steady stream of visitors to the Weighbridge site to view the interior of the building and learn about it`s history. With the plates removed from the weighing pit, it was possible to view the mechanism attached to the steelyard within the building. This proved a popular attraction. Thank you for the generous donations received during the afternoon.
On 20th August we were very pleased to receive an email from The Town Clerk of Bishop`s Castle Town Council to say that our application for a grant had been successful and that we had been awarded the full amount of £1,000. Members of the Weighbridge Project Team have been invited to attend the Civic Awards Ceremony in September to receive the grant.
6th AUGUST 2018
The Heritage Lottery application has finally been sent in. All we can do now is cross our fingers and wait. There will be an answer yes or no by December at the latest. Meanwhile we will continue to seek additional funding for all the interior furniture, display boards and kitchen equipment.
July 24th 2018
An appeal has just been launched to raise £10,000 towards the cost of repairing and regenerating the weighbridge building and surrounding area. Please see the attached Appeal Leaflet for further details and where to send donations, however small, it all adds up. Please share the leaflet with others to help us realise this project and save this heritage building for future generations. FUNDING APPEAL LEAFLET
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We now need help to operate the LYDHAM HEATH layout on August 18th at Ludlow Racecourse. If you can help, even for an hour or two please contact John Rimmer : firstname.lastname@example.org
*LYDHAM HEATH LAYOUT*
We urgently need some help to run the Lydham Heath layout on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July at The Lost Railways of Shropshire Exhibition at Abbey Station, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury. If you can help for a few hours on either of the days please contact John Rimmer : email@example.com
The new BCR displays in the House on Crutches Museum will be open to the public for the first time this Easter weekend. The museum is situated to the side of the Town Hall at the top of the hill in Bishop`s Castle and is open from Easter to October on Saturdays and Sundays 2pm -5pm
NOW AVAILABLE AGAIN
£11.50 including Post and Packing
Go to THE BOOKS AVAILABLE TO BUY PAGE to download an order form
BCRS AGM Postponed
Because of the current bad weather and the poor forecast for Friday, we have decided to postpone the AGM until Friday week, the 9th March. We will meet (weather permitting!) at the Methodist Hall, Bishop’s Castle at 7.30. I hope those who were planning to attend can make this new date. Any concerns or queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very pleased to have been invited by THE SHREWSBURY RAILWAY HERITAGE TRUST to participate in the “Lost Railways of Shropshire” exhibition at Abbey Station Visitor Centre, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July 2018. More details will follow soon.
As Easter approaches, the deadline for completing the Bishop’s Castle Railway display in the House on Crutches Museum looms ever nearer.
We’ve had a donation of some lime wash for our wall in the museum and David O’Neil and John Rimmer have given it two coats to brighten it up.
We have started to think about how we display the documents and the artefacts so that we can tell the story of the railway and what it meant to the communities it served.
As we get nearer Good Friday we will certainly appreciate some help in the museum to complete the display. If you might be able to assist please contact Lin (email:email@example.com) or John (email:firstname.lastname@example.org)
The House on Crutches Museum continues to look for stewards and anyone who might like to do this should contact John (email as above). There are always two stewards on duty, training is available and there is a maximum of three duties a year!
JANUARY 12th 2018
THE END OF AN ERA
The Museum is finally empty and the keys are handed in. As one door closes another door opens. In our case two doors! The BCR collection will be on display in the House on Crutches Museum in Bishop`s Castle when it opens for the 2018 season on Good Friday 30th March. It is also full steam ahead with The Weighbridge Project. A lot of work is being done behind the scenes during the winter months. Please check the Weighbridge Project page for regular updates.
THE FINAL DAYS OF MOVING OUT OF THE MUSEUM
The bad weather before Christmas meant that scheduled working parties had to be postponed. The new owners of the building have very kindly given us two weeks grace to vacate, so more working parties have been hastily arranged. On Thursday 4th January seven members turned up to help with the heavy items.
MOVING DAY FOR LYDHAM HEATH
A NEW HOME FOR LYDHAM HEATH
One item which has exercised our minds (and those of some hardcore railway modellers on social media) is what to do with the Barry Norman model of Lydham Heath now that the museum has closed.
So it has been quite a relief to have an offer from Craven Arms and District Model Railway Circle to store it and generally keep an eye on it. It’s planned to bring it out at one or two Model Railway exhibitions so its running days are not yet over! Thanks are due to CADMRC and BCRS member David Finney for the offer and help in transporting it to Craven Arms.
A MESSAGE FROM JOHN RIMMER BCRS CHAIRMAN
The Museum has closed now after a final flourish at Michaelmas Fair and Bishop’s Castle History Day. We have started the process of clearing the building in preparation of creating a new exhibition in the House on Crutches Museum. When packing up items it is important to carefully record items that we have so that we can at least find them again! So, the process will begin slowly and accelerate once we know what we are doing. There have been a number of offers of help and we’ll be in touch to arrange working groups.
It’s important to say that there are no plans to dispose, either by gift or sale, of any items for the time being. In the case of Bishop’s Castle Railway items we would, of course, not consider disposal. Other items may well have a home in the weighbridge in the future.
AS ONE DOOR CLOSES ANOTHER DOOR OPENS
WATCH THIS SPACE………..
END OF AN ERA – The museum finally closed to the public on Saturday 7th October 2017
Fantastic Day in the museum during the Michaelmas Fair
Almost 250 people visited the museum on Saturday. It was busy from 10am until 7pm, many coming to see the model layout “Lydham Heath” running for the last time in it`s present location. David O`Neill, Albyn Austin, Roger Dalton and John Rimmer did an excellent job operating the layout. At one point John Rimmer was heard to mutter “There are 30 people up there watching the layout, I hope the floor will hold the weight!”
9th September 2017
Despite the wet morning a good crowd turned up to see the weighbridge in it`s present condition, interested locals, members and even a few holiday makers. All had a good look at the site, heard the history (as far as we know it) and the plans for the future. Comments were very encouraging.
See Bishop’s Castle’s Hidden Heritage
The Bishop’s Castle Railway’s old weighbridge lies hidden away but, for one day only, you can come and explore the building and find out more about it. Learn too, about the plans we have to restore it to its former glory and the new uses it may be put to.
Saturday 9th September 10.00am
Meet outside the Public Hall on Station Street, Bishop`s Castle, SY9 5AQ
This visit has been made possible by the kind permission of Charles Ransford & Son Ltd. Please do not attempt to enter the sawmill yard without a steward.
For further details Contact John Rimmer 01588 638998
Tuesday 29th August The next working party day
Meeting at Ransford`s Reception at 10am. The aim this week is to finish clearing the small left hand room and to make a start on the right hand refrigeration room. Safety hats, safety glasses and dust masks will be provided, but it would be useful if you could bring the same as last week, shovels, brushes, wheelbarrows, rubble tubs, heavy duty loppers. Come for just an hour or two or bring some lunch and join the picnickers on the pallets.If you can make it you will be very welcome.
Thanks to everyone who turned up at the Weighbridge for the working party
Everyone worked very hard to clear almost 50 years worth of debris from the two left hand rooms, plus vegetation from the outside (& inside) walls. The skip was soon filled and another is being ordered. The clearing of the right hand room, which was used in the 1970`s as a refrigeration room, will no doubt fill another skip quite easily. The next working party date will be confirmed as soon as we have a date for the skip delivery.
Tuesday 22nd August – WORKING PARTY
To start the ball rolling we have booked a skip for 2 weeks from next Monday to start to clear the inside and outside of the building in readiness for the public visit on September 9th. There will be a working party on site next Tuesday 22nd August, we are meeting at Ransford`s reception in the main building, entrance from Love Lane, at 10 am. If you would like to join us, come for just an hour or two or stay longer, you would be made very welcome. It is an industrial site, sensible footwear and work gloves are essential. Some tools will be provided, but if you can bring secateurs, shovels, plastic rubble buckets, brooms etc. it will be a help. Dust masks will be provided. Details from Lin Dalton Tel: 01584 877852 email: email@example.com
Tuesday 15th August
Over 60 people attended our drop in at Bishop’s Castle Town Hall where we were able to explain our proposals for the restoration of the weighbridge. There were a number of Society members but a good selection of local residents too. We had a lot of encouraging comments, ideas and information about the weighbridge. The next step is to prepare a preliminary enquiry to the Heritage Lottery Fund, take further advice and, if all goes well, put a proposal to the Railway Society’s committee for a full application for funding.
If you weren’t able to make the drop in, it would be good to hear your views and ideas (and offers of help perhaps!).
SAVING BISHOP`S CASTLE RAILWAY HERITAGE
The last original building on the site of the old Bishop`s Castle Railway Station. Hidden in a corner of an industrial site, the weighbridge, complete with machinery, needs some TLC.
Come and find out more about the exciting project to restore this building at our Drop-in at
BISHOP`S CASTLE TOWN HALL
TUESDAY 15th AUGUST 4pm-8pm
The project team will be there to tell you all about the renovation plans, possible uses for the building and how the town might be involved. We’d like to hear your views and perhaps find ways you could help us achieve our aim.
For further details, please contact John Rimmer on 01588 638998
Bishop’s Castle Railway Society
We are currently updating this website to reflect the changes that are happening within the Society.
A reminder that, although the museum closes at the end of this season, we still need stewards to open on advertised days during the summer and autumn. We get a number of calls from prospective visitors wondering if it will be open on such or such a weekend. If you can do a turn in the museum, Vic Roberts will be happy to take your call on 01694 723164.
Peter Mills and John Rimmer had a useful meeting with The House on Crutches trustees and it seems likely that the space available to us in the museum will be satisfactory. Formal approval should come after their trustee meeting on July 27th.
The Museum will be moving from its present location in School Lane at the end of this season. It is hoped that our collection of Bishop’s Castle Railway items will be relocated to the House on Crutches Museum in Bishop’s Castle. If we have surplus Bishop’s Castle Railway items we will store them securely and rotate the displays from time-to-time. It’s important to say that ownership of the items will remain with BCRS and that we will be responsible for curating them. Other items that we hold (non Bishop’s Castle Railway) will be stored securely and their long-term future assessed.
The museum will continue to open on Saturday and Sundays from 2-5 until the end of September.
(Occasionally, because of unavailability of stewards, the museum doesn’t open on these days. We apologise for this and suggest you contact us if you are travelling any distance).
As one door closes, another opens
There are several new projects being investigated at the moment which will mean exciting times ahead for future of the Society, one of which is introducing a section for railway modellers.
Please revisit this website in the coming weeks to discover future projects and the programme of Autumn meetings and talks.
In the meantime if you would like any further information please contact
Chairman: John Rimmer Tel 01588 638998