A model char­ity with charm

Uni­ver­sal Care in Bea­cons­field is cel­e­brat­ing its 30th an­niver­sary by sup­port­ing 30 lo­cal and na­tional char­i­ties over 30 weeks from April 4 to Oc­to­ber 28. Each char­ity will re­ceive a cash do­na­tion and free use of Uni­ver­sal Care’s con­fer­ence room to use as

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BEKONSCOT is a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which, since its open­ing in 1929, has do­nated in ex­cess of £5mil­lion to needy causes and char­i­ties and has had more than 15 mil­lion vis­i­tors, in­clud­ing Queen Mary, King Ge­orge V, Princess El­iz­a­beth, Princess Mar­garet Rose and Princess Anne.

Bekonscot is run by the Roland Calling­ham Foun­da­tion with Church Army as man­ag­ing agents.

The Board of Di­rec­tors con­sists of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both the Roland Calling­ham Foun­da­tion and Church Army.

At the end of each sea­son the prof­its are split be­tween the RCF and CA for dis­tri­bu­tion to needy causes and var­i­ous char­i­ties.

More lo­cal char­i­ties ben­e­fit from the RCF por­tion of the prof­its whilst the Church Army por­tion is dis­trib­uted fur­ther afield.

Bekonscot is famed world­wide for its six his­toric 1930s themed vil­lages set in a 1½-acre minia­ture land­scape of farms and fields, cas­tles and churches, woods, lakes and rolling hills; all con­nected by one of Bri­tain’s largest and old­est model rail­ways.

Bekonscot por­trays tra­di­tional 1930s ru­ral Eng­land and has a 1:12 scale pop­u­la­tion of 3,000.

De­spite pres­sure to mod­ernise, it has re­mained vir­tu­ally un­changed: model steam trains chug around the vil­lage re­gard­less of weather con­di­tions and there has never been any prob­lems with leaves on the track.

The Bekonscot Fire Bri­gade has never gone on strike.

Bekonscot of­fers a mem­o­rable fam­ily trip into a minia­ture won­der­land of his­tory.

Bekonscot was the vi­sion of Roland Calling­ham, an ec­cen­tric but phil­an­thropic English gen­tle­man whose model rail­way grew too large for his house.

He, his gar­dener and staff re­built it out­side in an ad­join­ing meadow, com­plete with model houses and alpine gar­dens to com­plete the scene. As word spread, he opened it up to the pub­lic and over the years it grew, all prof­its go­ing to char­i­ties.

Bekonscot in­spired a book, The En­chanted Vil­lage, by au­thor Enid Bly­ton who lived lo­cally for many years.

At Bekonscot

Bekonscot has a tea room and ice cream par­lour, gift/ sou­venir shop, play­ground, pic­nic ar­eas/pic­nic stor­age, and dis­abled fa­cil­i­ties.

For a small ex­tra charge there are also re­mote­con­trolled boats, a sit-on rail­way, chil­dren’s rides, and a pi­rate wa­ter fea­ture.

There is lim­ited free park­ing.

Our log cabin is a fun place to hold a child’s birth­day party.

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