The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association is the railway's charity, (formed in 1997 and becoming a charitable company limited by guarantee in 2002) that works with the railway's operating company towards the charities objectives:
- To restore, renovate, preserve, maintain and operate the railway between wash green, wirksworth and the national stone centre, as a working heritage railway.
- To restore, renovate, preserve and maintain artefacts and other heritage features connected with the ecclesbourne valley railway along its entire length. (artefacts to include inter alia rolling stock, buildings and engineering equipment).
Duffield Booking Hall - Progress 25th July 2016
Soon the date of August 4th will come up shortly, another month gone quickly by, however is it really just 4 months almost since our new Booking Hall / Waiting Room for Duffield Station arrived by train from Wirksworth.
In that time the Duffiled Booking hall project team have almost completed our task of replacing the old tin shed that we as colleagues and visitors alike had to endure, whilst it served a place in our railways history we were only too pleased to see the back of it and to be replaced by a new resplendent building that really does set its mark on Duffield Station, even from the road bridge and Network Rails side of the railway we have had people say that Duffield Station now "it really looks the part, a proper station again”.
Currently we are in last throws of painting, as I write this the doors and window frames have to be given their coats of cream & maroon topcoat, the front part of the canopy has to be given coat of cream top coat also, plus the finishing of the columns. Whilst painting was in progress the project team repaired the ladies toilet door with a new weatherboard and the door itself given a fresh coat of maroon paint, in time the gents and the disabled toilet will get the same freshen up.
Our project team has also laid a new tarmac pathway from the Network Rail side of the railway and also made a new picket fence to enhance the whole area.
My thanks go to a lot of people who have contributed to this splendid new building, too many to name here but you know who you are and I trust that you will all enjoy the building when it is open for business in due course. The interior fit of the building will happen in due course, work is underway to organise various jobs electrics / flooring etc but it is still very much a work station and we the project team will keep you updated on progress, progress is happening believe me, but it will take a little more time.
Race Night April 9th
This was held at the Malt Shovel and raised £407 Thanks are due to all those who sponsored the races, jockeys etc and also the prizes (bottles of wine) and to those who came on the night and had an enjoyable evening.
Bric a brac sale May Day Bank Holiday weekend
Everything from a hippopotamus big enough to sit on, two drums, children’s games, plant pots, glassware, a nest of tables and hundreds of other items were sold to raise £551 so far with some items waiting to be sold at auction. Our thanks are due to all those who have donated items over the last year (and those who have been able to gift aid their donations, bringing in another £100 in due course), and to those who came and bought too.
Steam hauled Jazz and Real Ale Night
This saw the launch of the newly restored SO coach, with bar. It was a great success – all seats were sold and after the costs a profit of over £200 was made and bookings were taken for the Steam Hauled Cheese and Wine evening on July 30th.
Cheese and Wine Evening
Saturday 30th July 2016
A special steam return trip from Wirksworth to Duffield at 7pm to assist with EVRA's fund raising efforts. Download leaflet.