Group Travel Awards 2015
There’s another reason to celebrate in this our Golden Jubilee Year! Last weekend we were named ‘Best Preserved Railway for Groups’ at the 2015 Group Travel Awards in London.
Readers of national magazine Group Travel Organiser were asked to vote in more than twenty categories, rating their visitor experience from start to finish- from the pre-visit information they receive to how they get to their destination and what they visit while they are there.
The Severn Valley Railway was up against heritage railways from across the UK, including West Somerset Railway, Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Ffestiniog Railway and North Yorkshire Moors Railway.The win comes just three months after we were voted 'Heritage Site of the Year’ in the BBC Countryfile Magazine awards (see below), beating-off stiff competition from some of the UK’s most famous tourist attractions.
The award is wonderful recognition of the hard work that our group travel organisers, staff and volunteers put in each day to ensure that all our visitors have a memorable day.
Well done everyone!
Marketing & Communications Manager
50th Anniversary Exhibition
The 50th Anniversary exhibition ‘Our first 50 years’, is open now at the Engine House.
This exciting exhibition highlights key moments from the last 50 years and features an informative timeline and a range of fascinating exhibits. It promises to give visitors a real insight into the Severn Valley Railway’s remarkable history. Please do come along and take a look!
The team involved has spent months curating the various aspects of the exhibition, creating a wonderful new attraction for our visitors to enjoy. Thank you to all staff and volunteers involved with this project, your hard work is very much appreciated.
Also look out for the Express & Star’s SVR 50th Anniversary Souvenir Special. This 56 page Special Issue is available from Kidderminster, Bridgnorth and Bewdley stations and the Engine House for visitors, staff and volunteers to pick up free of charge throughout the main season (or whilst stocks last!).
BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards
Well, the votes have been counted and verified and the winners of the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2014/15 have been announced – drum roll please… And, we’re delighted to announce that we have won the ‘Heritage Site of the Year’ award. What a fantastic start to our Golden Jubilee year!
The Severn Valley Railway was shortlisted as one of the UK’s top historic gems by the BBC’s Countryfile Magazine in January, and has today been crowned the number one Heritage Site in Britain. We were one of five famous UK tourist attractions shortlisted in the ’Heritage Site of the Year’ category, and were up against stiff competition from some of the UK’s most famous tourism hotspots, including London’s Imperial War Museum, Georgian estate Kew Palace, Welsh architectural wonder Portmeirion and the mystical, pre-historic stone circle at Avebury.
The shortlist was chosen by television presenter Jules Hudson, widely recognised as the face of many BBC lifestyle and history series including Escape to the Country, Britain’s Empty Homes, Britain’s Heritage Heroes and, most latterly, Countryfile. A life-long history lover, he praised the SVR’s Heritage Skills Training Academy, one of a range of projects funded by the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust, saying the Railway has a “fantastic conservation element to it, running an apprenticeship scheme for young engineers in order to keep the traditional skills alive” and adding: “Travelling by steam train is also a wonderful way to see the spectacular surrounding countryside.”
Our thanks go out to all working members, shareholders, charitable trust supporters, friends and families that voted for us, this is an outstanding achievement and clearly demonstrates the affection that people have for the Severn Valley Railway. Thank you again to all staff (volunteers and paid) who work so hard so hard to make our Railway the national gem that it is – this really is a feather in the cap for us all. Look out for the May issue of BBC Countryfile Magazine which will feature the award winners.
Nick Paul CBEChairman SVRH
David WilliamsChairman SVRG
Nick RallsGeneral Manager
50th Anniversary Celebrations...
This year the Severn Valley Railway will be 50 years old and in recognition of this a number of events are being organised to help us celebrate this special year, outline details of which are set out below, with dates for your diary:
July 6th - Special Dining Train for Founding Members and Early Pioneers (invitation only).
July 17th - Anniversary Dinner at Spring Grove House, West Midland Safari Park, Bewdley. Guest Speaker Paul Atterbury (Antiques Roadshow and Railway Expert). Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis.
July 25th - Ladies Day returns with fashion, flowers and all things feminine.