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Cherished heritage station hopes for positive lottery bid decision

16:00 29 February 2016

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

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