The objects of the Charity are to preserve for the people of Richmondshire and of the Nation, the historical, architectural and constructional heritage that may exist in and around Richmondshire in buildings and land of particular beauty or historical, architectural or constructional interest.
At the end of 2001 the old railway station, which had been a Farm and Garden Centre business, became vacant.
The owners of the Building, Richmondshire District Council, decided that the building was no longer required for council use, and they put the building up for alternative use.
A number of potential bidders put forward ideas to the Council, and presented them at a public meeting on Wednesday 23rd October 2002. The ideas presented, which had to be in line with local planning regulations, were met with varying degrees of enthusiasm and horror. Following the meeting number of local people came up with the idea of trust that could take control of the building to find a more inventive and sympathetic solution for the development of the property.
A committee was rapidly formed to co-ordinate the efforts of those who favoured the principle of trust ownership for the station. Their ideas were received sympathetically by the District Councillors, and a breathing space was given to allow the group to present their ideas at a committee meeting on the 9th January 2003 before a final decision was made.
The time was used to conduct a survey of interest to all local households and a very positive response was received with initially over 300 responses plus many donations and pledges of funding for the group.
On January 9th 2003 with tremendous support from the public, the group made a detailed presentation to the District Councillors at the Resources Committee meeting. The group was rewarded when the councillors gave unanimous support to the outline proposals.
The disused Victorian railway station has now been completely redeveloped, thanks to the tenacious efforts of hundreds of local volunteers. It hosts a three-screen cinema (which was the facility most frequently demanded in the initial community survey), a café/restaurant, half a dozen artisan food producers, a gallery, offices and several meeting rooms. The Station has become a popular social hub for Richmond residents.
The goal of the Trust is now to ensure that the public support received during the restoration is maintained and expanded upon. Both as a source of employment and as a visitor attraction, The Station is making a vital contribution to Richmond’s economy.