ICONIC MODEL RAILWAY NOW ON DISPLAY AT STANSTED HOUSE Our newly acquired, iconic model railway depicting Rowlands Castle in the days before the D-Day landings of June 1944 is now on display at Stansted House until the end of September. Entry to the model railway display is free of charge, although donations are welcome - the donations box is inside the display room.
Stansted House itself is open all summer from Sunday to Wednesday between 1pm – 5pm with last entry at 4pm and normal entry rates will apply to House tours.
Rowlands Castle Heritage Centre was invited to display the detailed WWII model railway in the House for the current season and gratefully accepted. RCHC has provided daily attendants and interpretation boards in the display room.
Visitors have commented very favourably about the model railway built by Peter Goss and purchased from him in January.
The Centre has applied for registration as a Charity and awaits confirmation. Seven residents have volunteered to become trustees, with a further four places remaining for the Board to appoint once it becomes operational. With its implementation, an appropriate management structure, budget with funding, as well as a search for a home will receive more attention.
The website is the Centre’s shop window. Its development continues, with several new items waiting to be included. The website incorporates the RCHC ‘mission statement’ and clarifies for whom the museum service is intended. It is planned to be a ‘one-stop shop’ which includes hyperlinks to other websites for related information. There is an emphasis on the visual rather than verbal, with many photographs of the area and its features.
Location of Heritage Centre
First MTR Group has been appointed from August this year as the new franchise holder for the train service through Rowlands Castle for the next 12 years. Contact has been made with First MTR, and an initial expression of interest has been lodged in preparation for negotiations for possible use of the station buildings.
The Centre will have a table at the Village Fair on 1st July, and readers will be welcome to discuss opportunities for volunteering. We are interested in more volunteers working on their own topics and at their own convenience.
Contact Working Group members: Kevin Connell, Alan Eyers, Malcolm Smith, Sandra Hodgetts, Prue Amner or Alan Drinkwater.