ROTARAIL organised by The Rotary Club of Fareham in conjunction with Fareham College.
Rotarail was started in 2013 by David Barclay and Chris Thomas, both members of Fareham Rotary Club and keen railway modellers. David sadly passed away in 2015 but Rotarail has continued and is still raising money for local charities. Rotarail 2016 raised £1,720 for Naomi House and Jacksplace, and overall has totalled over £6,000. Our charity for 2017 will be "Flat Spaces". (See below and opposite)
The aim of Rotarail is to display excellent layouts in a variety of gauges and sizes and hopefully to attract visitors to take up the hobby, as well as raising much needed funds for our chosen charity.
Fareham College has plenty of on-site parking, the College restaurant will be open for hot and cold food and drinks, and everywhere is disabled friendly.
The Principal and staff of the College have played a large part in providing the facilities, catering and programmes for the show for which we are more than grateful.
Over for another year with some great layouts on display. If you missed this year, make a date in your diary for Saturday 28 April for Rotarail 2018.
Flat Spaces Foundation The aim of the Charity is to provide purpose built holiday and respite accommodation specifically designed and equipped to the highest standards, for the less abled, their carers and families.
Our first property launched in May 2015 in Ropley, Hampshire, adjacent to the Watercress Line. The steam engines (including Thomas the Tank Engine) give much enjoyment to our guests, and their new especially adapted carriage for wheelchairs, has allowed our visitors to travel the line in style.
Our guests have been fulsome in their praise for Flat Spaces – so appreciative of the space and internal design, all the specialist equipment provided and yet with the feel of a beautiful home.
Our vision is to have a property in each County and abroad and we are now considering plots in Devon, Surrey and Essex. Each property will be internally identical, whilst taking on the local style externally, to give the traveller the confidence of knowing exactly what to expect from a Flat Space holiday.
The Charity is looking at securing funds to construct the properties, and in addition raise the funds to ensure that those that require financial support, can also benefit from a Flat Space holiday.
For further information contact Glynis Watts, Director Flat Spaces
The property at Ropley