16th January 2012

To the Friends of Trimley Station

Dear Friend

I am writing to you with an update on progress to save the Trimley station building as it's been a while since you've heard from me. The Public Meeting on the 5th October 2011 demonstrated the large amount of support there is to preserve and use the station building for local benefit. As you are aware some members of the local community subsequently put themselves forward to set up and run an organisation dedicated to restoring the station building and they have been joined by two others who are members of the East Suffolk Building Preservation Trust and who are also keen to ensure the success of this project.

As a result the Trimley Station Preservation Group has been formed. The Group has had five meetings and on 6th January established the Trimley Station Community Trust. This is a Company Limited by Guarantee set up so that Network Rail has a body to which it can offer its two year lease - which it is still willing to do. We have had one meeting on site with a representative of Network Rail and another is planned for January/February. Acquiring the lease is the next step forward, to be followed by making the building wind and weathertight and making requests for funding.

We are pleased to say that we have had a website set up for us by a local volunteer (Aaron Burrell – well done!) which we invite you to visit at:

http://www.trimleystation.org.uk/

Very soon you'll be able to see the proposals for the building, read the Business Plan and be able to keep up-to-date with project progress.

Although it is necessary, for practical reasons, for the management of the Group to be in the hands of a small number of people, the members of the Group are anxious to stress that this is a community project which is dependent on your support and enthusiasm. We do not wish to exclude anybody willing to be involved and we hope that if you do have ideas or proposals you will contact one of the members of the Group.

Our contact e mail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Group has two principal needs. One is money. The other is practical help. The practical help will vary according to the stage of the project. At the moment the members of the Group consider that it needs help and support in the following areas:

       
  • a builder(s)/roofer(s) to advise
  • an electrician(s) to advise
  • a lawyer who has knowledge of leases and/or charity law to advise
  • a person with accounting/auditing skills
  • a person (or persons) who would be prepared to organise the Friends of Trimley Railway Station
  • a person (or persons) to organise fund raising events eg a coffee morning
  • a person (or persons) who would take responsibility for public relations
  • a person (or persons) who would be willing to help make funding requests

If you are able and willing to help in any of these areas, please contact us. To those of you who have already volunteered, a big thank you, and we shall be contacting you very shortly.

Finally, there was excellent support at the public meeting. However we want as many Friends as possible – we now have nearly 100. If you know somebody who wants to be involved with the project please ask them to get in touch with us.

Yours sincerely

Robert Scrimgeour

Chairman, The Trimley Station Preservation Group

Joint Secretaries: Adrian Reynolds / Peter Wain

Treasurer: Sam Abelman

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