West Somerset Railway

Donations

Along with many other heritage railways the West Somerset Railway have taken the hard decision to postpone opening our railway until further notice and we need your help.

It is unlikely that the WSR will be able to resume running passenger trains this year, so we have to plan to be able to survive until Easter 2021 before we can look to sufficient fares revenue, catering and retail receipts to start to replenish the empty coffers.  

 

The railway itself (through the PLC) needs cash to survive until then, and if you are able to contribute to this, please consider a donation direct to the PLC.  Staged donations over the next nine months would be welcome.  

 

The Association and the Steam Trust are fundraising for heritage track components, heritage rolling stock and our historic buildings, but this has to be in line with the objects of the charity, and cannot go to the general support of the railway.  If you donate through the support charities, however, they can generally reclaim gift aid on your donation  

 

Raised so Far

West Somerset Railway PLC Donations

To donate to the West Somerset Raiwlay PLC, please click here 

Joint Fundraising Appeal

Covid 19-Emergency Funding Appeal Update July 2020 

The 22 mile West Somerset Railway (WSR) has been badly affected by the Covid 19 lockdown measures. The WSR has not been able to trade and earn the income needed to survive. Just at the point where the railway was ready to reopen in 2020 it found itself unable to operate any services and without any of the revenue required to meet day to day expenditure. At the moment the WSR plc is not running train services. The Railway is a complex business involving many sectors transport, retail, hospitality, museums all with differing Covid guidance.


The WSR needs almost £60,000 per month to meet its minimal base costs; items such as insurance, utility bills, interest and some staffing. Virtually all staff are currently on furlough but, with the forthcoming reductions in Government support, the WSR will in the coming months have to pick up its full wages bill again. It is key for its future that the Railway retains its workers with specialist skills.
However, the threat to the railway is bigger than that. The enormous loss of income for WSR plc as it remains non operational during the peak running season means that c rucial and critical annual
investment in the Railway will be impossible without your help

The WSR Covid 19 Emergency Appeals had, as of the 29th June, raised £185,000.

THANK YOU so much

Still unable to trade the railway needs more donations, if it is to survive. Can you help?

• Make a commitment to a regular giving plan for 9 months Find out more in the HOW TO DONATE section of this update or on the joint fundraising webpage

• Make a one-off donation directly to the WSR PLC Covid 19 Emergency Appeal

• Make a one-off donation to the West Somerset Railway Association. WSRA appeal funds are currently focused on rail renewal, carriage repainting and restoration of former GWR Prairie locomotive 4561

• Make a one-off donation to the West Somerset Steam Railway Trust. WSSRT funds are currently focused on museums management, heritage carriage restoration and heritage education and learning

https://www.wsra.org.uk/fundraising

WSR Covid 19 Emergency Appeal Donor Benefits


The WSR organisations have been considering how to express their gratitude to those who are helping the Railway survive the present crisis. We know that support has been given for love of the Railway without thought of reward.


Those who have donated to ANY fund held by the WSRA, WSSRT or WSR plc from the start of March 2020 will be offered the following benefits:


Donations from:


£250


A year’s honorary membership of the West Somerset Railway Association, including 4 copies of the West Somerset Railway Journal. If the donor is already a WSRA member, that honorary membership can be passed on to a person of the donor’s choice


£500


A private tour for two of either the Bishops Lydeard Museum, the Blue Anchor Museum or 1938 GWR Coach No. 6705 brought back from the USA at a time to be arranged with the West Somerset Steam Railway Trust.


£1000

A return ride for two between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead with morning coffee or afternoon tea as guests of the West Somerset Railway Association in WSRA-owned GWR-design ‘Hawksworth’ observation coach

£2500

A WSR plc ‘Silver’ Pass allowing lifetime travel for the donor and an accompanying person on the Railway. (Dining trains and other special services excluded.)

£5000

A WSR plc ‘Gold’ Pass allowing lifetime travel for the donor and up to 3 accompanying persons on the Railway. (Dining trains and other special services excluded.)

HOW TO DONATE:

9 MONTH DONATION PLAN - help us through to March 2021


Set up a standing order - you tell your bank or building society to make 9 regular monthly payments to your chosen fund, commencing 28th July 2020. banking details are set out below. If you are a UK taxpayer, remember, donations to one of the charities will be enhanced by 25% if you complete a gift aid form.
• The bank pays exactly the amount you choose.
• You set the monthly standing order up to keep on paying on a        certain date or for 9 payments.
• You’re in full control. You can start or stop them or change the payment amount whenever you want.
• Please quote the specific fund you are donating to as your payment reference.


If you don’t use online banking you can send an initial cheque for your July payment and request a Standing Order form for the next 8 payments.


MAKE A SINGLE DONATION - Thank you


Donate to the WSR PLC Covid 19 Emergency Appeal
Donate to the WSR Rail Renewal Fund 2020
Donate to the WSR Loco Restoration Fund
Donate to the WSSRT Heritage Infrastructure Appeal
Donate to the work of the WSRA


Make a bank transfer - details below. Please use the payment reference to tell us how you wish the funds to be used and email [email protected] to let us know that you have made a donation.


WSR PLC Bank
Account no 15963360
Sort Code 30-62-63


WSRA Bank
Account no 00443258
Sort Code 30-97-00


WSSRT Bank
Account no 15668968
Sort Code 30-62-63


OR send a cheque made payable WSR Plc, or to WSRA or to WSSRT to the organisation of your choice. Please complete the Gift Aid form overleaf and send it with your cheque to your chosen organisation ‘care of the WSRA’ to the registered address below.


For more information about the various funds and how you can donate visit our joint fundraising webpage at
https://www.wsra.org.uk/fundraising

GIFT AID

Boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate.
Gift Aid is reclaimed by the WSRA and WSSRT from the tax you pay for the current tax year.


In order to Gift Aid your donation you must tick the box and complete the form:


I want to Gift Aid my donation of £______________ and any donations I make in the future or have made in the past 4 years to: West Somerset Railway Association / West Somerset Steam Railway Trust. (please delete as required)


I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference.


Title ___________

First name or initial(s) _________________

Surname ____________________________________

Full Home address _____________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________

_______________

_______________________________________________Post Code:

_____________________

Email address:

______________________________________________________________

Please notify the WSRA/WSSRT if you:
• want to cancel this declaration
• change your name or home address
• no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains

If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HM

Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.

Signed …………………………………………………………………. Date: ………………………………

We respect your personal data and privacy. Your address is required by HMRC to identify you as a current UK taxpayer and will be held securely for that purpose. We will not share your data outside of the West Somerset Railway Group. If you supply an email address we will use it if we need to contact you about your donation.

The WSR fundraising group lead is the WSRA, Company Limited by Guarantee No. 296 8284 and Registered Charity No. 1041901
Registered Office: The Railway Station, Bishops Lydeard, TAUNTON TA4 3BX

List Of West Somerset Railway PLC Donation Supporters

Thank you to those that have donated to the West Somerset RAilway through this difficult time. 

We are extremely grateful for your support. 

Name

Donation Amount

Jake Genge

£60.00

Bailey Maxwell

£50.00

Chris Pamplin

£10.00

Tracy Coles

£10.00

Julius Barmby-King

£5.00

Nicholas Brown

£20.00

Fiona Hobday

£5.00

Jonathan A Mock

£20.00

Michael Thomas

£100.00

Anonymous

£10.00

Anonymous

£100.00

Darren Peters

£50.00

Julian Bebb

£10.00

Anonymous

£500.00

Philip Gibbs

£20.00

Martin Fulford

£100.00

Rosemary Lovegrove

£50.00

David M

£50.00

Alan Collins

£100.00

Ian Robins

£20.00

Robert Gould

£100.00

Andrew Preston

£10.00

Darren Hill

£10.00

Ian Thompson

£10.00

Alan Dorrington

£50.00

Adrian Smith

£50.00

Anonymous

£10.00

Pauline and Stuart England

£50.00

Trevor Shattock

£50.00

Richard Newby

£20.00

Anonymous

£50.00

Kevin Paver

£10.00

Chrissie Andresen

£20.00

Anonymous

£5.00

Mark Collins

£5.00

Anonymous

£20.00

Terry Hunt

£20.00

Anonymous

£100.00

Kevin Coughlin

£100.00

Christine Dyer

£50.00

Keith Gomm

£100.00

Anonymous

£500.00

Joy Allgate

£20.00

Peter Bell

£50.00

Michael Hedderly

£50.00

Colin Bodley

£100.00

Richard Taylor

£20.00

Christine Groves

£10.00

Nicholas Day

£50.00

Anonymous

£50.00

Paul Clemence

£50.00

Keith Parker

£100.00

Timothy Robertson

£20.00

John Skinner

£20.00

Dawn Hughes

£20.00

Guy Hewlett

£10.00

Christine Martin

£20.00

John Griffiths

£10.00

Clare Campbell

£20.00

Andrew Francis

£20.00

Pamela Brelsforth

£20.00

Ashley Clements

£10.00

Jonathan Sale

£100.00

Geoffrey Hayward

£20.00

Richard Harman

£10.00

Richard Saunders

£50.00

Chris Swaffin Smith

£10.00

Ian Fletcher

£20.00

Alex Choremi

£100.00

David Dobrydney

£50.00

Tom Dixon 

£10.00

Rodney Greenway 

£5.00

Alan Newbold 

£50.00

Neale Long 

£30.00

Natasia Nikolic

£5.00

Brian Lammas

£10.00

Robert Collins 

£20.00

Gary Jackson 

£20.00

David Coughlan

£10.00

Anne McDonald

£5.00 

Anonymous

£10.00

Michael Head

£20.00

Elizabeth Jade, The Aspie Author

£20.00

John Stratton

£100.00

Anonymous

£100.00

Christopher Cooper

£50.00

Roger Bellantine

£20.00
Bob Halladay

£50.00

Chris Heath

£10.00
Janet Tokoe

£50.00

Philip Marshall

£20.00

Michael Smith

£50.00

Rachel Hill

£100.00

Richard Nash

£5.00

Aaron Manly

£20.00

Anthony Shacklock

£20.00

Stephen Baker

£50.00

David Mark

£50.00

Shaun Bradbury

£100.00

Anonymous

£500.00

Michael Thornton 

£100.00

Paul Betty

£20.00

Christine Cross

£50.00

Adrian Chappell

£20.00

Denise Sexton

£20.00

David Winter 

£10.00

Stephen Lambert

£100.00

Paul Wood 

£50.00

Steve Booth

£100.00

Susan Lewis

£20.00

Lee Robbins

£20.00

Nigel Uden

£10.00

Bob Dauris

£50.00

David Jones

£50.00

Michael Philip Millington 

£20.00

Chris Court

£20.00

Tim Whetherell

£10.00

Colin Whitby

£10.00

Paul Gildersleve

£10.00

James Archer

£20.00

Ian Rayson

£25.00

Gerald Quest

£20.00

Christopher James

£50.00

Clare Seamark

£50.00

David Tossell

£50.00

Nelson McEachan

£250.00

Richard Baker

£10.00

Jo Lea

£10.00

John Urry 

£50.00 

Stuart Ruffell

£10.00

Alison Tipper

£10.00

Eric Lewis

£20.00

John Crowley

£50.00

Barry Chapple 

£20.00

Patrick Gibson 

£10.00

Chris Savory

£20.00

John Osborne 

£10.00

Peter Williamson

£50.00

Tina Penn

£10.00

Jacki Woolmington

£10.00

Adrian Holcroft

£20.00

Anonymous

£100.00

Gina Powers

£20.00

Wendy Duffy

£20.00

Michael Kendrick 

£20.00

Keith Reeve

£20.00

Lesley Howe

£20.00

Anonymous

£15.00

Anonymous

£50.00

Barry Timson

£50.00

Russell Elliot

£50.00

John Slynn

£20.00

Carol Kent

£50.00

William Knell

£100.00

John Martin Haddrell

£20.00

Edward Shepperd

£100.00

Lynden Carter

£20.00

Anonymous

£100.00

David Phillips

£100.00

Mark Chambers

£100.00

Anonymous

£10.00

Neil Townend

£50.00

Machaela Smith

£20.00

Keith Saunders

£50.00

Jonathan Ratcliffe

£20.00

Antony Thompson

£20.00

Terry Jenkins

£100.00

James Evans

£100.00

David Fuszard

£25.00

Stefan Brittain

£20.00

Owen Brown

£100.00

Simon Barfield 

£50.00

Steve Reynolds

£50.00

Tim Stanger

£20.00

Kevin Fryer

£10.00

Richard Heacock

£20.00

Nigel Thomson

£20.00

Paul King

£20.00

Margaret Depoix

£20.00

David Plummer

£100.00

David Swallow

£25.00

Brian Brockett

£10.00

Mark Jaffreys

£50.00

Peter Richardson

£10.00

Richard Pumphrey

£20.00

Peter Day 

£20.00

James Auton

£50.00

David Elson

£10.00

Ian Robins

£10.00

Keith Darbon

£20.00

Thomas Whittington 

£10.00

Karen Andrews

£20.00

Roger Maybourne

£20.00

Claire Tankard

£10.00

Anonymous

£100.00

Anonymous

£100.00

David Henley

£50.00

Ian Flinn

£50.00

Steve Lewis

£50.00

Toby Tankard

£10.00

Laura Standerwick

£30.00

Charles Kinsey

£100.00

Anonymous

£50.00

John Delaney

£20.00

Gerald Quest

£20.00

David Everett

£50.00

Stuart Christie

£150.00

Peter Simpson

£100.00

Anonymous

£50.00

Paul Jones

£10.00

Christopher Jones

£10.00

Anonymous

£50.00

Michael Reid

£20.00

Christopher Rand

£10.00

Paul Ameil

£20.00

David Raybould

£50.00

Steve Walsh

£20.00

Jim Macfarlane

£20.00

Anonymous

£100.00

Anonymous

£50.00

Michael Snook

£50.00

Martyn Snell

£50.00

Ian Francis

£20.00

Anonymous

£100.00

Philip Warren

£20.00

Michael Watts

£100.00

Sarah Westworth

£20.00

John Frank

£250.00

Michael Cook

£50.00

Mark Harrison

£10.00

Becky & Ned Parkes

£20.00

Paul Bailey

£50.00

Donation from Bristol

£30.00

Luc Hohmann

£10.00

Steve Tappy

£100.00

Anonymous

£10.00

Ronald Wainhouse

£100.00

Anonymous

£30.00

Robert Oatley

£100.00

Peter Bull

£50.00

Shirley Turner

£50.00

David Daines

£50.00

Christopher Kent

£500.00

Clifford Gregory

£20.00

Stephen Hudson

£50.00

Brian Edwards

£40.00

David Smith

£20.00

Chris Austin

£100.00

Ben Brooks

£10.00

Frederick Parkinson

£40.00

Andrew Davis

£10.00

Aaron Manley

£20.00

Tim Goodenough

£500.00

Robert Eaton

£100.00

Terry Hope

£20.00

Paul Barlow

£50.00

Anonymous

£20.00

Hugh Gingell

£20.00

Simon Batten

£20.00
Quentin Hawkes

£100.00

Allan Hambling

£500.00

Royston Thomas

£10.00

Geoff Ewans

£50.00

Gareth Williams

£10.00

Jeff Gaskell

£50.00

Anonymous

£10.00

Anonymous

£10.00

Steven Jones

£50.00

Brian Ady

NA

Tim Speechley

£100.00

David Farrall

£10.00

Robert Lonsdale

£20.00

Amanda John

£5.00

Phil Martin

£100.00

P Webb

£50.00

Neil Butler

£10.00

Paul Bramman

£20.00

Jenny & Robin Breddy

£100.00

Matthew Bamfield

£10.00

Glenn Jenkins

£100.00

Anonymous

£50.00

John Saul

£20.00

John Ellwood

£10.00

Geoffrey Brockett

£20.00

Bill Owen

£20.00

Philip Cass

£10.00

Peter Harvey

£50.00
Robert White

£50.00

Bill Harwood

£20.00

Derek Green

£100.00

Michael Maskall

£50.00

Anonymous

£100.00

Andrew Tresidder

£100.00

Chris & Gill Burns

£100.00

Ian Rayson

£25.00

Anonymous

£10.00

Valerie Deering

£100.00

Anonymous

£10.00

Richard Macauley

£20.00

Anonymous

£100.00

Edward Akers

£20.00

Anonymous

£20.00

Wayne Mantle

£10.00

Anonymous

£20.00

Anonymous

£10.00

Claire Whitehouse

£10.00

Anonymous

£20.00

Anonymous

£20.00

Alan Botherway

£20.00

Elena Martin

£5.00

Anonymous

£50.00

Stephen Hanson

£20.00

Lynda & Paul Fleet

£100.00

Geoffrey Hemborough

£50.00

Anonymous

£50.00

David Smith

£50.00

David Depoix

£20.00

Ian Falconer

£20.00

John Snellgrove

£40.00

Edward Dyer

£50.00

Anonymous

£50.00

Graham Stone

£100.00

Clive Allen

£50.00