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Quorn Yard shortlisted for National Prize
18 August 2015

The David Clarke Railway Trust has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award at the 2015 Biffa Awards. A ceremony which recognises the people who build communities and transform lives through Biffa Award funded projects.

The Trust will now compete against two other organisations from across the country for the chance to be named winner of the ‘Cultural Facilities’ category and receive a £1,500 prize.
The Trust’s refurbishment project received £46,416 in funding from Biffa Award to improve the heritage amenity by providing more accessible, enjoyable and educational facilities.

Their vision was to demonstrate what a rural railway goods yard of the steam era was used for and how it contributed to the local community. Funding was used to build a timber goods platform, refurnish the station stairs and roof, construct a veranda on the café and convert a dilapidated tin building into a usable classroom and community space.

The project went to great lengths to use reclaimed materials. Brickwork was painstakingly dismantled and cleaned up by volunteers then re-used, signage from other GCR stations was also restored retaining as much of the railway’s history as possible. Since opening Quorn and Woodhouse station have hosted a science education week in conjunction with the University of Leicester, and entertained over 5000 people at a bonfire night fireworks event.

The Biffa Awards 2015 will be held on October 1 at the Coventry Transport Museum. All the finalists will be invited to attend a day of celebrating the passion and commitment of those who dedicate their lives to building communities and transforming lives; benefiting those around them, as well as the environment.
Competition has been fierce from the start, with more than 240 projects eligible to enter the awards under five different categories: Community Buildings, Cultural Facilities, Rebuilding Biodiversity, Recreation and Small Grants.
Category winners at the Awards will receive a trophy and prize money of £1,500, which can be used to further develop their project.  Each winner then has the chance of being crowned the Overall Winner for 2015, receiving a further £1,000 prize.

Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
 “The Biffa Awards have been held for over 10 years and each year they create a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate and recognise the dedicated people who are delivering some of the excellent projects we have funded. A great deal of the projects we support have a huge and lasting impact on their local community and environment, so to be shortlisted for an award is a wonderful achievement in itself. Our judges have a difficult but exciting task ahead in choosing the winners.”