Wensleydale Railway digital talks series to start tonight

A train on the Wensleydale Railway at Constable Burton. Photo: Rosser1954.

A series of online talks organised by the Wensleydale Railway Association Trust (WRAT) starts tonight.

The trust has been given a grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore Leeming Bar station and to share its heritage with more people and in new ways.

When the station house reopens, there will be a public programme of free events and activities with something to appeal to everyone.

A series of digital events is also planned, including online talk held free over Zoom and/or Facebook at 7pm on Wednesdays.

The first will be held tonight.

The talks will be designed for specific groups and tailored to their interests.

There are five talks in March, one each week, and these first ones are mostly about the project and what it can offer volunteers.

There will then be two each month on a range of topics from April.

They won’t all be about aspects of the railway’s history or collections some will be wider ranging for example about our local area and landscape, the 1920’s including fashion, music and women’s emancipation.

  • Wednesday 3rd March 7pm: What the Leeming Bar project will have on offer for everyone by Will Burnham, Wensleydale Railway’s Community and Education Officer. Come and hear about all of the free activities and events that you can join. This talk is suitable for everyone.
  • Wednesday 10th March 7pm: The day the Railway opened in Wensleydale by Connor Lagus, Management Trainee at Wensleydale Railway. This talk is suitable for people who thought history was boring.
  • Wednesday 17th March 7pm: Volunteering at Leeming Bar station by Caroline Hall, Volunteer Coordinator at Wensleydale Railway. Opportunities for work experience, learning skills, making friends, feeling valued. Suitable for anyone with some time they could give to help us and also learn new skills/make new friends.
  • Wednesday 24th March 7pm: Educational opportunities at Leeming Bar Station by Wendy Shepherd, Railway Trustee and former Headteacher. Opportunities for schools to take part in bespoke learning packages. Suitable for teachers but also young people in KS4 – up to recent graduates seeking work experience so also parents might wish to attend.
  • Wednesday 31st March 7pm: A talk for railway enthusiasts, precise topic to be confirmed. Definitely for serious train spotters only!

If you would like to take part in any of the following talks please contact Will on info@wensleydalerailway.com so that he can send you a Zoom invite.

Alternatively you can join through a link vie the Facebook page.

For more information visit www.wensleydale-railway.co.uk/hep