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Leaving a Legacy to the L&B


The main objective of the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Trust (Registered Charity No. 1082564) is to rebuild as much as possible of the world-famous railway between the two towns of Lynton and Barnstaple. The Trust is always grateful for and benefits greatly from gifts and legacies received, however small.

In recent years these gifts have enabled a range of projects to be undertaken, not least of which has been the acquisition of property and substantial lengths of trackbed in preparation for the rebuilding of the line.

Other projects include the construction of locomotives, rolling stock and the restoration of station buildings.

You can download a brochure HERE that has been especially written to help those who wish to make a legacy or bequest to the Trust in support of our many projects.

Making a will is the most secure way of planning for the future and leaving a gift towards a cause you believe in as well as providing a tangible memorial to your support. Although the writing of a will does need to be carefully considered, it is neither difficult nor time-consuming. However, as your will once properly signed and witnessed will be an important legal document, we strongly recommend you ask a solicitor or other regulated professional to prepare it, to ensure that it is valid and gives effect to your wishes.

It is the L&B's firm policy to honour and respect specific bequests.

Any enquiry will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Please be reassured that legacies and bequests are not spent on administration or the day-to-day operation of the Trust or Railway.

General Purpose gifts and legacies are always welcome.

Gifts of Specific Items:
Should you bequeath an item or a collection, please include the additional following wording: "I give to the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Trust [describe item or collection in full] for the general purpose of the Trust and I authorise my executors to pay the costs of transport of the item to Woody Bay Station and any related costs."

Gifts for Specific Purposes: If gifts of specific sums or residue are to be for a specific purpose, the following wording should be added:"…and I express the wish that if possible this gift shall be used by the Trust for [e.g. purchase of trackbed]."

If you have already made a Will but wish to add a new bequest to the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust you can amend your current Will without making a new one by making a Codicil.

Example wording for a Codicil is given in our downloadable document HERE

The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Trust will treat all bequests with respect and appreciation. A memorial book will be kept for future remembrance unless you would prefer to remain anonymous.

The Trust will be happy to consider providing a suitably worded plaque to mark a commemorative gift or bequest. Such plaques can be displayed in a suitable location.

Some people like to make charitable gifts during their lifetime so that they can see the effect of their donations. The L&BR Trust always has a number of specific projects in progress at any one time. The Trust welcomes gifts for specific projects and our Chairman is always happy to discuss particular requirements with donors and their advisers.

There are a number of tax-efficient ways of enhancing a donation such as Gift Aid (see below), details of which are available from the L&BR Trust.

If you would like to discuss this in confidence with someone from the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Trust, please contact our Chairman Peter Miles by email

Ways you can help us today

Contributions -The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Trust has a number of ways in which contributions can be made. The intention and preferences of the contribution will be respected as far as reasonably possible.

Membership of the L&BR Trust - Become part of the story as well as an owner of the railway

Shareholder in the L&BR Community Interest Company

"All Aboard" - A regular payment aimed at the vital planning and enabling work to extend the railway.

Heritage Carriage Project Fund - Reserved for the construction and maintenance of our very splendid Heritage Carriages.

Trackbed Appeal - A fund dedicated to the purchase of lengths of L&B trackbed as and when they become available to us.

Volunteer - Helping out at Woody Bay or elsewhere as part of an Area Support Group promoting the railway, helping to raise awareness and encouraging others to join us as members.

Gift Aid makes your contribution go further and also more valuable - More details HERE

Corporate Supporters - Where to Stay

The Denes Fox and Goose Highfield House Lynton Cottage Moorlands North Cliff Sinai House