A Community Interest Company, Market Rasen Station Community Project Ltd, has been formed to restore Market Rasen Station and transform the building, with the help of a Heritage Lottery Grant. It is hoped we will provide a community meeting place in the old Station Master’s office, a heritage centre telling the story of the Railway since it first came to Market Rasen and five small offices to rent, which will be suitable for small businesses or those starting out in business wanting professional premises.
Members of the Community Interest Company, are John Matthews, Market Rasen Town Council, Steve Bunney, De Aston School, Katie Easey, Community Learning In Partnership, Nadia Gollings, Market Rasen Races, Lynn Ritson and Ian Hind, Lindum Group Ltd, Hazel Barnard, Station Adoption Group and Emma Wardell, Chair of the Group.
We are always looking for new members to become part of the Group and to ensure the future security of the Station and if you would like more information please contact Emma Wardell on firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lynn Ritson on 01522 852441.
Prior to our first Heritage Lottery application we consulted with the general community, groups of volunteers, societies, including the history society, representatives from the Town Council, De Aston School and the Racecourse.
Enthusiastic support for the project was received from all those consulted.
Activities Planned during Refurbishment Works
- Display on hoarding of children’s work as above.
- Hard hat tours by building contractor to show works and any specialist works required.
- Building contractor to offer work placements to trainees/apprentices.
- Ongoing twitter feed and website.
- Demonstrations/workshops of heritage buildings skills ie stone masonry, lime mortar rendering, and traditional joinery.
- Photographic story board showing history, and adding to as the work progress – PowerPoint and printed version which could be shared with community not able to visit site, due to mobility issues or care related issues.
Activities Following Restoration
- Grand opening day and tours of new facilities
- Involvement by actors on opening day to depict characters from era of the Station as a place of employment, ie Station Master.
- Steam Train to hopefully pass through the Station.
- History Information pack to be made available for schools, tourists etc.
- Temporary and permanent displays in Community area.
- Friends of Station continued involvement on trackside with art installations and horticultural displays to provide a welcoming atmosphere for rail travellers and visitors.
- Talk to Lincolnshire Heritage/ Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival organisers to incorporate Station into walks and printed information on walks to be available at Station for walkers.
- Town Council involvement for signage around Market Rasen and information in public areas.