Thursday, 6 February 2014

Bridges to Broadway Share Appeal

Just four months into our appeal the total raised so far is almost £300,000 leaving just £200,000 to go. We are very anxious to place the contract in May so as to take advantage of the summer weather (assuming that we get some!) to start work – particularly the necessary foundation repairs. If we can raise the money in good time then we can allow the contractor the maximum flexibility in his operations. This will ensure the maximum efficiency in view of the different types of work required on the various bridges and the need to negotiate road closures.

If you have been thinking of buying some shares to support this work but have not got round to it yet, now is the time to make your move and support this major step towards reaching Broadway. If you need a copy of the share brochure or have any questions, do contact Maxine Hawkins on 01242 621905 and she will be happy to assist.

Thank you

Alan Bielby

Chairman, GWSR Plc

Sunday, 2 February 2014


At the end of last year we decided to seek a new franchise for the Flag &Whistle café at Toddington. It has been run successfully by Val Hoskin for 7 years but we wanted to increase the number of opening days and also make changes in the menus and method of operation. We therefore wrote a new set of requirements and invited tenders for a new agreement. The final choice was Lynne Tiddy, a newcomer to the railway but with great plans for the future. She will take over the F&W with effect from February 1st 2014 to prepare for opening in March. Look out for more information on what will be on offer nearer the opening date.

In order to support the additional operating requirements, we have upgraded the kitchen area so as to facilitate more efficient preparation and serving. This upgrade, along with the recently upgraded furniture in the customer area will make a big improvement in what can be offered to our visitors. We thank Val for all her hard work over the years and wish Lynne a successful future.

Alan Bielby