Welcoming our new Patron
The Lord Faulkner of Worcester
The Downs Light Railway has provided opportunities to develop creativity, teamwork, leadership and responsibility for successive generations of children for over 100 years, and it's vital this work continues.
Lord Faulkner has been the President of the Heritage Railway Association since 2011. He shares a deep passion with the Downs Light Railway Trust for engaging young people in heritage railways and realising the huge potential that exists. He is also Vice-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Heritage Rail (APPGHR) that reported out in 2018 on engaging the next generation - young people and heritage railways.
The Downs Light Railway Trust joined the Heritage Railway Association in 2019 from Lord Faulkner's recommendation. It is currently working with them on a pilot youth engagement initiative.
- Lord Faulkner is an active working peer in the House of Lords since 1999.
- Lord Faulkner is the President of the Heritage Railway Association or HRA, which is a voluntary run trade association representing Heritage & Tourist railways, related Museums, Tramways, Cliff Lifts, Railway Preservation Groups and related organisations. More than 180 of its member organisations regularly open to the public, with 156 of these operating with passengers, although a few only give rides on special days. They have over 300 corporate members in total.
- The Downs Light Railway Trust is a corporate member of the HRA.
- The Downs Light Railway Trust is a charitable trust, registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Registration number is 513882.
- The Downs Light Railway Trust's Centenary Development Programme aims to increase youth engagement in heritage railways, provide greater practical learning opportunities and strengthened community involvement. The programme hopes to realise these aims from 2025 when the Downs Light Railway is 100 years old.
- The Downs Light Railway was started by The Downs School (Colwall), now The Downs Malvern, in the early 1920s and was formally established in 1925. At over 96 years old, it stands to be the oldest private miniature railway worldwide.
- The Downs Light Railway educates on average 15 children on each session. These children are aged between 7 and 18 years old. Dedicated sessions are provided to local educational establishments. General youth activities are open to all children.