Lord Faulkner presents the Heritage Railway Association's 2021 Award for Small Groups

On Saturday 26th June 2021, the Downs Light Railway Trust hosted a small gathering of guests to the Downs Light Railway for a meeting to further our youth engagement ambitions. Everyone was thoroughly delighted to welcome the Trust's patron Lord Faulkner to the Downs Light Railway.

Lord Faulkner elbow bumps the Chairman before presenting the award.
Two children keep a watchful eye over the steam locomotive GEORGE.
The Chairman with the children show off the famous cast plaque.

Part of this gathering included a small celebration for winning the Heritage Railway Association’s Annual Award 2021 for Small Groups. As President of the Heritage Railway Association, Lord Faulkner very kindly presented the famous cast plaque on behalf of the Heritage Railway Association to the Chairman Timothy Pennock. This award recognises everyone that has been involved with the Downs Light Railway Trust to further their recent work with youth engagement.

The presentation of the Small Groups Award from Lord Faulkner as our Patron and as President of the Heritage Railway Association is a huge honour for everyone involved in the Downs Light Railway, including the children who benefit through their involvement in our activities. The famous cast plaque will be proudly displayed at Hoyland Down in recognition of the important work we have all done to engage young people in everything to do with railways and engineering.
Locomotive GEORGE, with one of the children at the controls, hauls a Heritage Railway Special with Lord Faulkner and Professor Martin Ashley onboard.

Editor Notes

  1. The Heritage Railway Association holds an awards ceremony annually to recognise the achievements throughout the heritage railway industry.
  2. The Heritage Railway Association's Award for Small Groups recognise a member organisation from the smaller categories of the membership for excellence in developing their business, or for an item not covered elsewhere. It is either for a member organisation as a whole, a group of its staff or volunteers, or an individual.
  3. Lord Faulkner is an active working peer in the House of Lords since 1999.
  4. Lord Faulkner is the President of the Heritage Railway Association or HRA, which is a voluntary run trade association representing Heritage & Tourist railways, related Museums, Tramways, Cliff Lifts, Railway Preservation Groups and related organisations. More than 180 of its member organisations regularly open to the public, with 156 of these operating with passengers, although a few only give rides on special days. They have over 300 corporate members in total.
  5. The Downs Light Railway Trust is a corporate member of the HRA.
  6. The Downs Light Railway Trust is a charitable trust, registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Registration number is 513882.
  7. The Downs Light Railway Trust hosted a small youth engagement meeting on Saturday the 26th June 2021, within the COVID-19 restrictions of the day. Key influential members of the railway community, members of the Downs Light Railway Trust, and members of The Downs Malvern attended to further youth engagement initiative and to promote its Centenary Development Programme.
  8. The Downs Light Railway Trust's Centenary Development Programme aims to increase youth engagement in heritage railways, provide greater practical learning opportunities and strengthened community involvement. The programme hopes to realise these aims from 2025 when the Downs Light Railway is 100 years old.
  9. The Downs Light Railway was started by The Downs School (Colwall), now The Downs Malvern, in the early 1920s and was formally established in 1925. At over 96 years old, it stands to be the oldest private miniature railway worldwide.
  10. The Downs Light Railway educates on average 15 children on each session. These children are aged between 7 and 18 years old. Dedicated sessions are provided to local educational establishments. General youth activities are open to all children.

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