Message from the Chairman

A message from the Chairman

Members are reminded that the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, April 16, at 7pm at the Gate Inn, Awsworth.   

Members will have the opportunity to stand for a place on the committee and to propose resolutions.  These must be done in advance of the meeting and full details of how to proceed will be sent to all members by Monday 26 March with a formal notice of the AGM. 

This is an important time for the Friends and for the future of the viaduct now that Sustrans have decided not to resubmit the original project to HLF. Any future project will be led by Railway Paths Ltd. in partnership with Sustrans and FoBV.  Your committee is in discussions with RPL about the possible first stage of an incremental project, and more details will be given at the AGM. 

If we are to play our full part and have an influence on future developments we need to stay strong and active as a group. Please try to attend the AGM and give some thought as to how you can help – whether by standing for the committee or offering your time, skills and ideas in other ways.

I look forward to seeing you on the 16 April.

Jeff Wynch

Chairman

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The Force is with us.

The sun shone and thousands turned out to the classic car show in Ilkeston. The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct had a stall which was busy all day. There was overwhelming support for the project.

The force was clearly with us as notable visitors to our stall was Darth Vader accompanied by  Star Wars stormtroopers. We were even visited by petrolhead Stig who promised to  invest in a pushbike when Bennerley Viaduct reopens.

We heard many fascinating stories about the viaduct. It was empowering to experience the depth of support that this project is receiving from  the local community. Thanks to Jeff for organising the day and to Rich, Colin and Trevor for their sterling work promoting the viaduct.

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Volunteers needed for upcoming events

Ilkeston Market Stall. Saturday July 29. Can anyone offer an hour or two between about 9am and 1pm?

Heritage and Classic Vehicle Show. Ilkeston, Sunday 13 August, 10 am – 4pm. Can anyone offer an hour or two, including set-up and take down?

Victoria Park, Ilkeston, Opening Celebration. Sunday 20 August. Set-up from 1030. Finishes at 1pm. Volunteers needed please, including set-up and take down.

Festival of Water. Gallows Inn Playing Fields, Ilkeston. All day event, 26,27,28 August. Volunteers needed please, including set-up on 26 and take down on 28?

If you can help out on any of the above please contact Jeff Wynch on 0744 345 2908 or j.wynch@btinternet.com

Viaduct Workday – June 14th 2017

Scaffold being erected for repairs to abutment brickworks, digging out of pier 4 and visits from the Chief Executive of Heritage Lottery Fund, Ros Kerslake, Erewash Museum and Streetside who put up a banner made by the young people showcasing the viaduct.