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Jinny Trail grant will help bring village history to life

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

11/02/14 Jinny Trail feature - Jinny Trail, Rolleston Feature on the ongoing work to show the features of the Jinny Trail station with Clive Baker and his wife Rosemary

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A PROJECT to reveal the old railway line through Rolleston has been given a boost, after the group behind it was given a grant for £7,600.

The Rolleston-on-Dove Station Group received the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to preserve the remains of the line, which form the backbone of the Jinny Nature Trail.

It will allow work to reveal the platform and aspects of the former station to begin in earnest, following years of efforts to clear the site and make people aware of the history of the site.

Clive Baker, from Rolleston on Dove Station Group, said: “I’m delighted to have been awarded this grant as it will enable our group to embark on this exciting community project and we can’t wait to make a start.

“We feel privileged to live in Rolleston-on-Dove and have this opportunity to enhance a village amenity and discover more about its heritage, passing this knowledge on to the present generation”.

The group is part of The Rolleston Engineering and Transport Society – known as TREATS.

Through the Jinny Nature Trail project, TREATS and the Rolleston Station Group are aiming not only to reveal the little known history of the trail, but also to bring it back to life, by telling people about it.

People’s memories of travelling and working on he railway will be recorded as part of the project, and freely available for people to view.

New information boards will be put up at the site to illustrates how the station would have appeared during its time as part of the working line.

There will be a wildflower meadow between the platforms.

Mr Baker, who leads a working group of supporters at the area, off Station Street, said he wants the station to be part of village life again.

Reyhan King, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands Area, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this grant so the group can embark on a real journey of discovery.”

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