I am very happy to support a scheme to honour the men of 304 Squadron (among others) who were killed in crashes at, or near, Bleasby in Nottinghamshire. This is being organised by Ken Ogilvie and I think it best to describe his fund raising methods in his own words:
This event is a day out at the Great Central Railway, going back in time to travel and dine in 1950s style, travelling in Pullman Car comfort, complete with a five course meal. The train will be pulled by a steam locomotive, both selected for us and driven on the day by Bill Brazier, a long time Bleasby resident.
Travel from Bleasby to and from Loughborough will be by coach leaving from the Waggon and Horses. For those who want to experience a cab ride in the locomotive at their own risk between stations on the line, this can be arranged, subject to numbers, and booked in advance.
Drinks can be pre-ordered to be served at your reserved seat at extra cost.
A choice of one of two starters and main courses will be available, and most special other dietary requirements can be catered for, all pre-ordered. A child’s meal will be served for younger passengers.
Access for the disabled can also be provided, again by prior arrangement.
We are taking bookings now for this excursion. A minimum number of 75 adult priced tickets must be sold to make the excursion viable.
The maximum number that can be catered for on the train is 126 people, including children.
No non-dining seats are presently available, although additional coaches may be added to the train if there is a demand for these seats, but only if the required minimum of adult priced dining seats have been sold.
In this edition of the Bleasby News, you will find an application form for excursion reservations. If you wish to book on this excursion, please complete and submit the form, remembering to attach your cheque which can be post-dated to 9th June, 2016. Each adult priced ticket cost £75 and includes a donation of £20 for the project. Child seats, including a child’s meal, cost £35 each, with no donation included, but there only a maximum of 42 child seats available. If you are able and willing to do so, it would help further if you would complete and sign the attached Gift Aid form, and attach it to your application. Completed forms can be either delivered in a sealed envelope to me at Forge Cottage, Bleasby, or handed to any Bleasby Local History Society Committee member, or alternatively handed in at the bar of the Waggon and Horses. Please be sure to include your contact details.
Cheques are to be made payable to St Marys Church – Memorial Fund. Cheques will only be presented for payment following a decision being made that the project will be viable. If a decision is made on 9th June that the project will not go ahead due to lack of support, your application form and cheque will be returned to you.
If you either cannot or do not want to take part in this event, but would like to make a donation to the Project, then please return your donation, with completed Gift Aid form if appropriate, in a sealed envelope to any of the above recipients. Please do not pay either for your tickets or your donation in cash.
Donations or payments should be sent to Ken Ogilvie at Forge Cottage, Main Street, Bleasby, Notts., NG14 7GH, England accompanied by the attached form.
Anyone wishing to book a place on this excursion, please email Ken Ogilvie and he will send you an application form email address firstname.lastname@example.org