Tuesday, 10 January 2017


Dear GWSR Supporters,

Happy New Year everyone!

I am delighted to be able to tell you that it was announced today that we have won an AVIVA community award towards the Elf centre replacement building at Winchcombe which will be constructed this year. These funds will be used to fit out and furnish the building. Details from AVIVA are below.

I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you who took the time to vote for our project.

Also, we all need to thank Maxine Barton-Hawkins, the railway's admin. manager, whose idea to enter this competition it was and who worked so hard to get us through the thousands of projects entered to being finalists and then from being one of 12 finalists to being WINNERS.

What a nice start to the NEW Year!

Chris B



We’re delighted to share with you that your project GWSR New Visitor Centre at Winchcombe Station 2017 has been chosen as a winner in the Aviva Community Fund and have been awarded £25,000.

Our judges scored your entry highly against some very strong competition.  The full list of winners will be published on the Aviva Community Fund website at 2pm today.

We want to make sure that as many people as possible hear about the good work that your project does and your well-deserved win.  To help you share your good news we’ve pulled together some tips on how you could use your digital and social channels to celebrate your win – please see the attached document and folder.

Well done from all at Aviva.

Deborah, Debbie & Sarah

Aviva Community Fund Team


  1. great news , worth voting for , well done Maxine john M.

  2. Great news! Now the Elves will have a permanent home at last!! Well done Maxine for the hard work in entering the award system. Also thanks to everyone who voted for it.
    Regards Paul & Marion.

  3. Excellent news. Well done to all concerned. Absolutely delighted my vote wasn't wasted.

  4. You've all done very well. Congratulations for the fine effort & great result.

  5. Ladies and gentlemen, Elves have left the building......