Latest News: Wed 28th April 2021
Our amazing team of volunteers in all areas of the railway are back on site (of course all covid safe, social distancing and face coverings) getting all of our station's ready for our reopeing on 22nd May. Tickets are now on sale for our first three weekends back in steam we look forward welcoming everyone back
Latest News: Fri 2nd April 2021
Nene Valley Railway to receive £479,765 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund
Nene Valley Railway in Peterborough has received a grant of £479,765 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.
More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Nene Valley Railway in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.
The Nene Valley Railway is both a living heritage railway, which is tended to by its loyal band of volunteers and a thriving attraction for the public to enjoy all year round. Nene Valley Railway offers the chance to experience the thrill of riding a steam engine; learn about the railway’s history; and explore the picturesque surroundings of the Nene Valley area.
This award will allow us to replenish our reserves and help sustain the railway over the coming months until we can run at our full capacity.
Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:
“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced.
Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead."
Kim Shaw, Acting General Manager, said: Hearing the news that Nene Valley Railway has been awarded grant funding from the Arts Council. England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is just amazing news and helps give us the confidence to look forward to 2021 with renewed enthusiasm. The railway is a valuable, historic venue for both volunteers and customers alike. Our railway provides a fantastic range of roles attracting volunteers of all ages both near and far who together enable us to continue to offer those volunteering roles, preserving and restoring our heritage site which allows us to run trains and events, sharing our passion with visitors and supporters both near and far.
To know that we can continue to do this after a difficult year, keeping the passion and love for our railway alive is an amazing feeling and we are proud to have been chosen for this award.
“Nene Valley Railway cannot express its thanks enough to Arts Council England and the DCMS
Mike Kerfoot, Chairman Nene Valley Railway, said:
Nothing could have prepared us for the year we have just experienced, and the challenges that many of us have faced on many levels have been unimaginable.
On the Nene Valley Railway we had a season of exciting events to look forward to in 2020. Just as we began to move into the spring we had to rip up our plans, hunker down and prepare to weather the storm. On our railway we have the longest tunnel on any preserved railway and it has provided a metaphor for our year. We’ve been focused on the light at the end of that tunnel, distant though it has sometimes been. Throughout, our team of paid staff and volunteers have kept our railway alive but it always promised to be a long haul out of the darkness and into the sunlight.
The Arts Council England Culture Recovery Grant is a step change for us, and we are very thankful for the award. Emerging into the daylight we can face the challenges ahead with renewed confidence. Critically we can move much faster to resume our operations and welcome back our staff, our volunteers and our visitors. We have every reason to be excited and energised about the year ahead and we can once again celebrate the railway we love, and that brings so much joy to so many.
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:
“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.
We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”
The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.
Latest News: Mon 29th March 2021
Today was the day that we could welcome our merry band of volunteers back on site, they are busy getting our sites ready for our static site opening for Saturday's and Sunday's from 17th April. Our site will be closed to the public until then due to the work that is taking place. We look forward to seeing you on 17th April. Trains are planned to start running again on 22nd May. More info will follow shortly about this.
Latest News: Mon 29th March 2021
Due to the weather forecast for the coming week Overton Station's Pop Up Cafe have announced extended opeing hours.
They will now be open Tues 30th March, Wed 31st March, Friday 2nd April (Good Friday), Sat 3rd April, Sun 4th April and Easter Monday 5th April, 10:30am to 3:30pm on each day. Plus they are NOW selling ICECREAMS
Latest News: Sat 27th March 2021
Overton Station Pop Up Cafe opened back up to the public on Sat 27th March 10:30am to 3:30pm serving hot and cold drinks along with warm sausage rolls and pre-packaged confectionery items. They will be open every Sat and Sun going forward.
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