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Thanks to the John Sykes Foundation!

We are very grateful to the John Sykes Foundation for a generous grant of £1,000 towards our efforts to buy a van for The Engine Shed. Our volunteer JJ’s van is no longer up to the job and he is really only keeping it on the road for us! Sian from the Foundation attended our session at Katesgrove Children’s Centre in Reading to present the cheque along with local Councillor Sophia James. We received some local press coverage which you can see below:


Sessions in 2022

Reading and the NE London group are trying to run to timetable! All dates are listed under the group tabs on the website. We will need to keep an eye on all Covid guidelines but we will aim to deliver as many sessions as we can. We know that we have lost a lot of time and it has been very difficult for many of us. Sadly the Polar Express trip that the Reading group were booked on for 20 December was cancelled the night before; we have transferred tickets to next year.

We are back!

Both the Reading and the Chingford sessions have met in the last couple of weeks and it has been so good to see everyone again! So much has happened in the last eighteen months and it is great to be able to offer friends, community and TRAINS to families new and old….check out the group pages for information on the forthcoming sessions. As always postings are also on Facebook, with other information too that may benefit our community.    It is good to be back 🙂

Can you help to set up a similar group in South London?

There is a lot of interest in establishing a South London group and some potential organisers participated in the April session of the Reading Engine Shed to see how it all works. Richard Semmens of Streatham is embarking on an ambitious fundraiser in May 2018 in aid of the proposed South London Engine Shed group. This would be run independently but based on the same idea as the two other Engine Shed groups. Richard’s link is below and there are also some great images of The Engine Shed in Reading from his visit:

Do support Richard if you would like to have such a facility in South London!

Thanks to everyone for their Skipton votes!

We are delighted to confirm that we were awarded £500 from Skipton Building Society, as a result of everyone voting for us online! We very much appreciate the support and will be using the funds to get some more trains (what else?!) to keep everyone happy, as well as purchasing refreshments for our sessions  🙂

Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful new year!