Appeals - People - News - The Independent

Appeals

The disused signal-box at Crawley, West Sussex. The box, which is listed, is thought to have been built between 1862 and 1882 and is the last remaining building of what was Crawley's Victorian railway station, demolished in 1968. The Crawley Signal-box Preservation Society Committee is raising funds to ensure the future of the building and plans to restore the dilapidated box into a small railway museum, writes Joanna Gibbon.

The railway first came to Crawley in February 1848 when the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway Company opened a branch line from Horsham to Three Bridges. Rural Crawley was transformed into a large town: Mark Lemon, the first editor of Punch,moved there in 1857 and commuted each day to his office in Bouverie Street, London, in just over one hour.

The signal-box was made redundant in 1978 when the mechanism for the railway gates was changed; new gates were installed and the signal-box's Victorian wheels and levers removed. The Crawley Museum Society - which administers the restored Water Mill, at nearby Ifield, and Crawley Museum Centre - formed a separate preservation society committee: a lease from British Rail is under negotiation and an estimated pounds 50,000 is needed to restore the building - with levers and wheels upstairs and with a local railway museum downstairs. The society hopes to complete the project by 1998, marking the 150th anniversary of the railway's opening.

For further information, contact: Roger Bastable, Chairman, Crawley Signal-Box Preservation Society Committee, Crawley Museum Society, 166 Southgate Drive, Southgate, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6EX, telephone 0293 535235.

Minchinhampton Centre for the Elderly is a project aimed at helping the elderly of Minchinhampton, in Gloucestershire, to live full and active lives in familiar surroundings. The centre will accommodate 30 people in sheltered housing and will be a day centre for many more. So far a site has been bought in Minchinhampton but the building work has not begun: pounds 300,000 has been raised of the total pounds 1.25m needed. A fund- raising Country Fayre with Morris dancing, a wind quintet, street organs, dog obedience displays and stalls is planned to take place in Minchinhampton's high street at 2pm on Saturday 12 September.

Minchinhampton Centre for the Elderly, 11a Tetbury Street, Minchinhampton, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 9JS, telephone 0453 731227.

Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre provides information and support to women and girls who have been sexually assaulted. It gives telephone counselling on a part-time basis: since increasing the hours in May the centre has had double the amount of callers. It also gives face-to-face counselling, organises a rape survivors' group and liaises with the Incest Survivors' Group. Last year the centre helped 200 women, although it suspects many more could come forward. At present the centre, which is run by volunteers, is partly funded by local and district authorities. In the future it needs to become more self-sufficient: it is appealing for pounds 35,000 to employ two full-time staff and to expand its services.

Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, PO Box 120, Brunswick Road, Edinburgh EH7 5XX, telephone 031- 556 9437.

The Independent welcomes details of appeals from readers. They should be sent in writing (no more than 100 words) to Joanna Gibbon, Gazette, The Independent, 40 City Road, London EC1Y 2DB (fax 071-956 9358). Please include a daytime telephone number.

(Photograph omitted)

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

HR Manager - London - £40,000 + bonus

£32000 - £40000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager (Generalist) -Old...

Talent Manager / HR Manager - central London - £50,000

£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Talent / Learning & Development Mana...

HR Manager (standalone) - London

Up to £40,000: Ashdown Group: Standalone HR Manager role for an SME business b...

HR Analyst - Banking - Bristol - £350-£400

£350 - £400 per day: Orgtel: HR Analyst - Banking - Bristol - £350 - £400 per ...

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week