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Steam Passengers at Eynsham Platform

Fund Raising

There’s now two easy ways for you to help raise funds for the Great Western Society!

Shop Online and Raise Funds

If you shop on-line, you could help the Society financially at no cost to yourself.

Easyfundraising is a shopping directory listing some of your favourite online stores including Amazon, Argos, E-bay, Next, Debenhams, John Lewis, Screwfix, Ticketmaster, HMV and over 600 others. Just use the links on the easyfundraising site whenever you shop online and, at no extra cost to you, we'll receive a free donation of up to 15% from every purchase you make. It really is that simple!

It’s completely FREE to register and you won’t pay a penny more for your shopping when you use the easyfundraising site. In fact you can even SAVE MONEY as many retailers offer discounts, special offers and even 'e-vouchers' exclusive to easyfundraising.

If you shop online anyway then why not raise valuable extra funds for us by using this fantastic scheme. All you have to do as a purchaser is register with https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/gws/ and select ‘Great Western Society’ as your cause. In future all you need do is go via their web site whenever you shop on-line.

The Great Western Society is not responsible for the content of external web sites.

Search the Web and Raise Funds

You can also raise funds when you search the Web - with easysearch, a search engine with a difference!

When you search the Web with easysearch instead of Google or any other search engine, you’ll raise funds for us with every search you make! Just like easyfundraising it’s completely free to use and if you make just 10 searches a day, you could raise £20 a year - or more - for us, just by switching to easysearch.

What’s more, easysearch is a 'super' search engine that combines the strengths of several search providers together - Yahoo!, MSN Windows Live Search, Ask.com and many more. easysearch tracks down the most relevant and accurate results from across the Web, which means you’ll find what you’re looking for quickly and easily every time - all in one ‘easy’ search.

Why not try out our unique easysearch page at http://gws.easysearch.org.uk and use it every time you search the Web?

The Great Western Society is not responsible for the content of external web sites.

So far, at no cost to ourselves, we have raised: £1,971.85

Have you Considered your Legacy?

Over the years the Great Western Society has received a number of legacies/bequests and has been asked to provide suitable wording from members who wish to make bequests. A Legacy Guide (845kb .pdf file) has been prepared to assist those who may wish to make such bequests.

Are you interested in contributing to one of our specific project funds?

A selection of brochures and forms are listed below:

50t Steam Crane (68 kB .pdf document)

1014 - County of Glamorgan

1466 - The original GWS locomotive (688 kb .pdf file)

Didcot Small Locomotive Restoration Fund (482 kb .pdf file)

Didcot Development Fund (1 Mb .pdf file)

2999 - Lady of Legend

4079 - Pendennis Castle

4709 Project - Rebirth of a Night Owl (481 kb .pdf file)

Ocean Saloons








Recreating the golden age of the Great Western Railway