The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Trust (GWRT) is a Registered Charity (No. 1133186) and a Company limited by guarantee. The Board comprises nine directors who are all volunteers working in various departments of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR). The aim of GWRT is ‘to maintain and develop a railway museum for the benefit of the public, buffer stop to buffer stop, fence to fence’. GWRT does not own any infrastructure or operate any trains.
Anyone can become a member of GWRT on payment of an annual (or life) subscription; being a Registered Charity, GWRT is able to claim Gift Aid on subscriptions and donations. It is also able to accept legacies without tax implications. Many members of the GWRT are also shareholders of GWSR.
The available funds of GWRT are used to support the maintenance and development of GWSR; applications for grants are made by GWSR and affiliated groups on site and each is considered by the GWRT Board. If the request is considered to be within the aims and charitable status of GWRT, the Board will make a grant in full or in part. If an item is purchased by GWSR or the affiliated group, it remains the property of GWSR or that affiliated group but if it is sold or moved away from GWSR, the value of the grant must be returned to GWRT.
From time to time, GWRT receives donations or legacies of railway artefacts. As many of these as possible are used or displayed on GWSR but some, with the donors agreement, are sold in order to raise funds for future grants. Please refer to the ‘Legacies’ page if you would like to help us.
Membership is an essential part of the success of GWSR; there are good membership benefits including an excellent, full-colour quarterly magazine. So if you want to help GWSR, JOIN US!