Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 8°C

Search

Cherished heritage station hopes for positive lottery bid decision

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 February 2016 | UPDATED: 17:03 29 February 2016

Colin De'ath peeks his head out of the ticket window at the Trimley train station - the building will be restored if another money can be raised.

Colin De'ath peeks his head out of the ticket window at the Trimley train station - the building will be restored if another money can be raised.

Archant

Volunteers trying to save a Victorian railway station and give it a bright and lasting future should hear next month whether their bid for lottery help has been successful.

Trimley Station Community Trust is hoping the Heritage Lottery Fund will give it the support needed to create a café, information centre, offices and meeting rooms, internet facilities, and heritage displays to reflect the history of the station building and the importance of the railway to the local economy.

The project at the station – the last surviving Great Eastern country station on the Felixstowe to Ipswich line – is expected to cost more than £350,000.

Railway officials had wanted to send in the bulldozers because they said the station building was no longer needed and was in a poor state of repair, but after pleas and much hard work from campaigners, the trust was granted a lease to allow it to pursue its project to restore the property and transform it into a community hub.

Trust chairman Robert Scrimgeour said great progress had been made so far.

He said: “Many thousands of pounds have been raised to carry out urgent works to the station building and its brake good store and these have arrested the building’s deterioration.

“Former station workers have provided a social history of the building and its architectural significance has been thoroughly evaluated. As a consequence of all this good work and continued community support, the trust has received financial pledges from the Railway Heritage Trust and the Architectural Heritage Fund, as well as funding from the local councils and councillors.

“This has all been put to good use in the preparation of a Stage 1 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund that was submitted in November.

“The trust expects to hear the outcome in March this year and hopes for a positive outcome to keep it going on its mission to save this cherished little local heritage building.”

Fundraising continues at a Model Railway Exhibition and Swap Meet on Sunday, March 13 from 10am to 4.30pm at the Memorial Hall, High Road, Trimley St Martin. Admission £2.50 adults; £1 children. The day will feature N and OO gauge layouts, a digital demo section, new and second hand stalls, and refreshments

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Having been a top TV producer in London, Rachel Aldridge knows better than most what it takes to run a successful shoot. Jason Noble caught up with her to find out how the film industry can thrive in Suffolk

A motorcyclist has died following a serious collision with a car north of Ipswich this afternoon.

A student from Chelmondiston who was born to a British mother but has struggled to acquire British citizenship has described the overwhelmingly positive reaction to her plight.

Players from across the country came to Suffolk last week for the first ever Special Olympics Badminton Tournament – with some securing places in the national finals in Sheffield this August.

A driver has been injured after crashing into a lamp post in Suffolk.

A chimney fire broke out at a Suffolk pub this afternoon - just two days after firefighters tackled another blaze at another of the county’s inns.

The annual Stowmarket open air music festival is set for its biggest ever year, with StowFiesta now set to run over two days for the first time.

Delays on the A12 in Woodbridge have been caused by a car and trailer which has reportedly “flipped” according to police.

It’s time to look back at a popular event that is brought up on our Ipswich Remembers Facebook page on a regular basis - the Piggywink Disco.

Food editor Charlotte Smith-Jarvis says The Wild Blackberry in Bromeswell is a gem of a cafe

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24