Dear Friends of The Railway Hotel, As you know, the future of this important community hub had been uncertain and many of us breathed a massive sigh of relief when Dave and Fi Dulake announced that they were staying.
But the immediate future is it not without difficulties.
Maintaining the fabric of this beautiful historical building is a huge undertaking and has left Dave and Fi with some significant bills for which they are having to shoulder the entire burden.
I know you will agree that as part of our cultural community, it seems right that we should all help in any way that we can - no matter how small. Even if we are able to shoulder some of that burden for our friends, then we could help to relieve the colossal responsibility that they now face in trying to preserve this vital and special place.
I know that we all feel very passionately about The Railway Hotel and the crucial values that it promotes. This well loved cultural hub has supported artists, musicians, radio, bands, events, film, charity events, numerous fundraisers and homeless causes - all to the benefit of the community but to the detriment of the owners.Think how devastated many of us would be if it were to sink despite the valiant efforts of Fi and Dave who have ploughed their hearts and souls into the pub.
We can't let that happen.
Please give anything that you are able to. Just cutting back on a small luxury for the greater good of our creative community might be enough for The Railway to flourish for years to come.