Watercress Line

Coronavirus / Covid-19 Update

Our priority during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak, and the railway's closure, is on meeting our running costs. We need around £75,000 per month. Without this income, within a relatively short period we will exhaust our reserves which are so important us for our long term plans.

Although these are difficult times for all of us, we are asking you to consider providing financial support to the railway. With your support, ideally through a monthly standing order, the railway can be in a safe and good position to move forward rapidly when circumstances allow.

The amount is up to you as everyone’s circumstances are different, but please give as generously as you can. One-off donations would also be welcomed.

Thank you.

Visit our donation page to make a monthly gift or donate a single amount.

You can also text WATERCRESS to 70085 to donate £10. Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message.

Support us

The Mid Hants Railway is a not-for-profit organisation, meaning that all profit generated from your visit is re-invested in the railway. It relies upon your generosity and support; whether its through paying to visit us or through personal donations. There are several ways you can support our continuing mission to preserve part of the country's railway heritage for future generations:


Mid Hants Railway Preservation Society (MHRPS) is a registered charity, number 284406.

We would really appreciate your donations to help us to continue with our work, keeping our railway history alive.

Methods of payment
You can do this:

  • Online
    Please donate by using our Virgin Money Giving donation page, which allows you to donate a single amount or pay monthly if you are able to. Click Donate here.
  • By post
    Please send cheques made payable to MHRPS Ltd, to MHRPS, The Railway Station, Alresford, SO24 9JG.

Gift Aid
If you are a UK taxpayer, you could boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 that you donate.
Gift Aid is reclaimed by MHRPS from the tax you pay to HMRC.
This can be achieved by either:
 - submitting your donation online, which includes a simple Gift Aid process; or
- downloading the Gift Aid Declaration form below and submitting this with your donation.

Charity_Gift_Aid_Declaration_form.pdf (pdf - 415468 bytes)

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Annual membership

Join the MHRPS to help support our railway heritage and receive the following benefits:

  • 50% discount on Watercress Line fares (except Day Out With Thomas, Santa Special, Dining trains and RAT)
  • FREE Members’ and Shareholders’ weekend in September
  • FREE magazine, the ‘Mid Hants News’, issued 3 times a year to keep you up to date with the latest information and reports from the railway
  • The opportunity to attend regional group meetings
  • The opportunity to become a working volunteer in a variety of areas such as office, loco, catering, shops, building, permanent way and more!

2020 membership rates
Adult - £28 (annually) / £112 (5 years)
Junior (under 18) - £12 (annually)
Over 70 - £20 (annually) /  £80 (5 years)
Family (2 Adults + 2 Juniors) - £40 (annually) / £160 (5 years)

How to join
To join the MHRPS, please download the application form below.
Please make cheques payable to MHRPS Ltd and post with your completed application form.
To pay by Mastercard/Visa/Maestro/Solo card please call 01962 733810.

Please note that membership is valid from 1st January to 31st December each year.
New members joining between September and December receive membership until the end of the following year.

If you are renewing your existing membership, please include your membership number in all correspondence.
Alternatively, you can now renew your membership online.  Its quick and easy!

MHRPS Membership Application Form (pdf - 81592 bytes)

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Our railway needs you!

Volunteers are the backbone of the Mid Hants Railway. We currently have about 450 volunteers who do everything from driving the trains and maintaining the rolling stock, tracks and stations to providing customer facing retail and catering services.  
Some people volunteer for one day per month, whilst others volunteer for several days per week; some people fit their volunteering around their work commitments whilst others join us when they retire. 
Whether you have relevant skills or you would like to do something totally different, we will make you welcome.

So why should you join?

  • To be part of a historical legacy, preserving steam travel for future generations.
  • To work with a group of like minded, dedicated people with a common purpose.
  • To see and hear the delight of visitors enjoying all your hard work is a truly rewarding feeling.
  • Volunteering keeps your mind active and many tasks will help you keep physically active too.

Watch this short film where some of our amazing volunteers tell you why they volunteer at our railway.

Find out more...

To find out more about some of the activities of our volunteers, watch our short films:

Click here to see testimonials from our volunteers

If you would like to hear more about the wide variety of volunteer roles that are available, please come along to a Volunteers Welcome Day at Alresford station. The next Volunteers Welcome Day is TBC in light of the current Covid-19 situation.

If you have a specific role in mind, Contact us and we will forward your details to the relevant department recruiter.

New volunteer role for 16-24 year olds

Become a Young Explainer and be part of our tour guide team providing behind the scenes tours of our workshops at Ropley.
If you are interested, please contact Kat Thomas on mhr.eventsmanager@btconnect.com

Read an article about a young volunteer's enjoyable time on the railway

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Legacies are a vital source of support for the MHRPS.
Major projects typically need a financial ‘kick start’ and these are often funded by those who have generously chosen to leave a legacy to MHRPS.

We would appreciate you considering making a charitable gift to MHRPS as part of your will. We recommend that you consult a Solicitor to draw up a will or to update it to include a legacy to MHRPS. A Solicitor can advise you which form of gift is appropriate for you and to ensure that your will is simple to execute.

If you would like to receive our leaflet about Legacies or would like to discuss a Legacy in confidence, then please Contact us.

Making a Will
It is important that everyone makes a will to ensure that your estate goes to whomever you choose. Leaving a will ensures that your wishes are carried out, leaving no doubt or uncertainty for those you leave behind. A will can also include a gift to a charity or charities of your choice. Anyone can leave a charitable gift in their will. It can be a simple cash payment or a percentage of the remaining or residuary estate. Should you so choose, please be assured that whatever the size of your gift, it will be most warmly received by the Mid Hants Railway.

How to Leave a Legacy
Simply let your solicitor know that you would like to include a gift to the Mid Hants Railway Preservation Society and provide our full address and charity registration number:

Mid Hants Railway Preservation Society, The Railway Station, New Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9JG
Registered Charity No. 284406

Inheritance Tax
Leaving charitable gifts in your will can help you to reduce the value of your estate liable for Inheritance Tax.
The current taxable threshold stands at £325,000. Above this amount, subject to certain provisions and exemptions, everything can be taxed at a rate of 40%.
Charitable gifts are tax exempt, and so by leaving a gift to the Mid Hants Railway you could reduce the amount of tax paid after your death.
For further information, consult HM Revenue & Customs or your Financial Advisor.

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Online Shopping

Raise funds for the Watercress Line when you shop online at over 2000 major retailers including AmazonSmile, M&S, John Lewis, Argos and many more! Each retailer will donate up to 15% of whatever you spend with them.
It's very simple to do - easyfundraising gives you a unique ID so that they and the retailers can track the donations, but be assured that all of your details are secure, there are no adverts or nasty things like spyware or viruses and easyfundraising cannot see the details of your purchases.

To sign up, then join easyfundraising.org.uk.

200 Clubs
MHRPS runs two "200 clubs" which provide five prizes from £25 to £150 in draws every 3 months.
If you would like to join at a cost of just £12 per year, then please download the membership form below. 

Grand Draw
A team of volunteers regularly travel on our passenger services to sell raffle tickets for the annual Grand Draw.
These cost £1 for a book of four tickets and there are prizes of £1000, £350, £250, £100 and £100.

If you would like tickets, please download the postal form below.

MHRPS_200_Club__Membership_Form.pdf (pdf - 55869 bytes)

MHRPS_Grand_Draw_2020_Postal_Form.pdf (pdf - 582021 bytes)

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Corporate fundraising

MHRPS are keen to develop corporate fundraising and we need your help in introducing us to your employers, suppliers, customers or contacts.

Many companies recognise the importance of supporting communities as part of their corporate social responsibility; support from external organisations could include donations of  money, employee time or second hand equipment.

We have created a fundraising pack which outlines why the MHR is a great cause to consider and includes case studies of our past successes.
Please share this pack with your personal contacts and Contact us if they wish to discuss further with one of our MHRPS Trustees.

MHRPS Corporate Fundraising Pack (pdf - 734515 bytes)

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