About the Rail Lands Regeneration Trust
Continuing to enhance the rail lands
Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust (TRLRT) encourages and supports the aspiration of a bridle and cycle path running all the way from Tetbury to Kemble along the old railway path. The path and right of way to the Trouble House should be in place by autumn 2016 with bike racks next to the Goods Shed.
In order for the Arts Centre to run arts and craft courses, it needs additional space and it is hoped that this will be in a railway carriage installed behind the Goods Shed.
To make the children of Tetbury aware of the arts at a young age it is planned to have a toddlers’ play park in the parklands.
TRLRT is a charity which is turning the site of Tetbury's former GWR railway station into a series of community assets for the people of the town and surrounding area.
We were set up in 2000, three years after Tetbury Town Council acquired the rail lands with a grant from the then Countryside Commission and an interest free loan from Cotswold District Council. We work in partnership with the Council to manage and develop in the development of the site. We can readily call on and provide the interface with the community, and, as a charitable Trust, can access sources of funding closed to TTC.
TRLRT has played a major role in achieving three elements of the scheme – the Car Park, linear town-to-country park, Millennium Green and Goods Shed. Now Trust is providing the energy and drive needed to regenerate the Victorian Goods Shed as a focus for the Arts and other recreational activities: truly a community asset for the people of Tetbury, the surrounding area and the town's many visitors.
New members welcome
The Rail Lands Trustees meet every month (usually on the third Thursday) at Tetbury Town Council offices. Everyone is welcome to come along to the meetings - we can never have too many fresh ideas or extra pairs of hands! The Trust and the Friends of the Goods Shed both exist to support and raise funds for the project but while the Friends is closely focused on opening and running the Shed itself as an arts, entertainment and social venue, the Trust's remit is the development of the whole former rail lands area.
As described above, when the Shed has opened we still want to obtain and restore a main line railway carriage to use for classrooms and craft workshops. We need the help of walkers and riders willing to get 'hands-on' to improve the soon-to-be-opened stretch of bridleway between Preston Park and the site of Trouble House Halt.
The Trust Logo
Our unmistakable logo was the brainchild of Tetbury schoolboy Adam Philby, whose design featuring the goods shed encircled by railway tracks won the judges' hearts when the newly-formed Trust asked local people to design a identity for the project. Tragically, Adam was killed in a car accident in 2009. But four years later, following a £90,000 fundraising effort in the town led by his parents, Tetbury Hardware owners Malcolm and Lizzie Philby, the Adam Philby Skatepark opened at the recreation ground in his memory.
Adam's memory also lives on in our logo and we're grateful for Malc and Lizzie's continuing support for our project.
TRLRT is a Company Limited by Guarantee and was registered with the Charities Commission in 2001.