Dear GWSR Supporters
I am delighted, and a bit humbled, to be able to tell you that, three weeks from when Pete Waterman was here for our share appeal launch day and four weeks since the first share issue documents arrived at the railway, we have received £410,000 in share applications - that's almost a third of the total!
This is an unprecedentedly good start!
To put this into context, the Bridges to Broadway share issue raised about £250,000 in the first three months which, at the time, we thought was very good.
Based on that, for this share issue, I budgeted that it would take us until the end of August, five months, to reach the value we have achieved in only three weeks!
I also need to update you on how things are going financially with the 2016 season - in a word 'excellent'!
The Cheltenham Festival Race trains were a record, the Wartime in the Cotswolds weekend just completed was a record and passenger numbers on service trains are up on last year, itself a record year.
On Saturday night we will run a Fish and Chip train free to our volunteers (served by the directors) as a big thank you for all their hard work.
I will keep you updated on a regular basis on how the share issue is going but, do please remember, there is still more than £800,000 to go!
Thanks for your support,
GWSR PLC Finance Director