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).
The Association has organised several fund raising events in the last two months.
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.