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
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.
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.