Remember - Dr Fred Dibnah - 1938 - 2004





121 Radcliffe Rd, Bolton, BL2 1NU

Tel: 01204 531303

We are in the process of setting up the IPS (industrial Provident Society) and issuing 1 million shares at £1 each. Those that can afford £250 or more shares will get special benefits and possibly tax relief on their investment.  Anybody that makes a donation will have their name on a recognition board that will be displayed at the Heritage centre. When we meet the target of £1million, out of the proceeds we will buy a steam roller or traction engine and give it to the Heritage Centre.  This will mean a significant increase to visitor numbers to the Centre! We have some fantastic idea's to improve the centre and make it even more successful thus making it a very worthwhile investment for shareholders. Also we will pay for a toilet block (approx cost £50k ), including disabled facilities and also to have the boiler fixed so we can steam up.  Then at last, Fred’s place will return to steam as promised.  The charitable trust we have set up will hopefully ultimately be running the Centre on behalf of the IPS, this way the Centre will be owned by Fred's fans which has always been the ultimate aim.


If you would like to register for shares please email us NOW as we are ready to start allocating the shares. When you email us we will give you instructions for payment. Remember we are making history here by preserving an important part of English Heritage that Fred spent 40 years putting together. Once the shares are all spoken for we do not envisage issuing more shares.  Having spoken to many of our past visitors the response has been very positive, so please register your interest as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. There will be special benefits for share owners details such as the chance of winning a discount on a week's stay at Fred's and many other benefits which are to be announced shortly. So Come on Folks lets make history.


So please to email us now at to reserve your shares, as once they are gone they are gone.







Massive Congratulations to Thomas Ridyard. Chairman Bolton and District Branch, RNLI. awarded an MBE in the 2014 Queens birthday awards for charitable services. (Bolton, Greater Manchester). Tom is one of our tour guide volunteers and does a brilliant job, Well done Tom we are so proud of you!!



From the Owners of the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre!


This is a very important year for the Heritage Centre. We are in the process of bringing Fred's yard back to steam power and I am going to ask a massive favour of our followers if I may!  We are in the process of sorting out a new boiler for the centre so we can be in steam for this spring.  This will be the first time that we will have 'steam up' in the Yard since Fred was there! However, it will be an expensive project because it is not just about the boiler - but the Health and Safety checks as well as insurance costs.


As you will be aware we run the centre as a Business as it has to make a profit to exist. Should you be able and willing to assist us in helping to get steam up  and would like to gift a one off donation of say £15, then it will make our mammoth task that much easier and quicker. In return we will send you one of our own unseen footage DVD's (RRP £15).



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You can either send a cheque or call us on either 01204 531303 or 0797 681 2596 and we can take payment over the phone, or you can make a "Donation" to the FRED DIBNAH HERITAGE CENTRE CHARITABLE TRUST. So come on folks lets get the show on the road and bring Fred's place BACK TO STEAM! Please note the charitable trust headquarters has the same address as the Heritage centre. We want you to be there to see us when we have 'steam up' so you can also share in this fantastic and unique time! To donate - please use this link here




Hello! The requests to reserve shares is gathering pace now and we are receiving lots of requests!  

Please get your request in now before we go public as we want Fred's genuine fans and people who are interested in preservation to have first Dibs.   The minimum is £250 but if you invest £500 or more you should qualify for 30% tax relief. That is not a miss print! I did say 30% tax relief under the EIS scheme, so you get a third of your investment back almost immediately.  


As well as people investing £250 or £500 even, we are also looking for investments of £5000 and upwards.  So don't settle for the banks silly rates of 1% to 2% (which is taxable) we envisage being able to offer around 3% in dividends for investments up to £5000 and 5% for investments over £5000. Remember though these interest rates will be TAX FREE! Get in now before the big investors do.   After much discussion with our advisors we have been advised that we must reintroduce a minimum share amount if we are to attract serious investors, so the minimum shareholding will be £250. Should anyone that cannot afford this, they  can make a donation to the charitable trust that has been set up, and the trust will buy shares in the Heritage centre on their behalf.  


If you email us at we will email you an application form which you can print off and return with your cheque, or you can telephone us and we can take payment over the phone. Lots of people have already sent their application forms in this way.  By doing it this way means that those that want to help preserve this wonderful piece of English Heritage can now do so by helping the charitable trust and help preserve Freds legacy for future generations to enjoy and learn from.


The Heritage centre will be a social enterprise and will be run by the charitable trust. Our prospectus can be downloaded by investors from our website this coming week.  Those that can afford £250 or more will be eligible for a tax rebate of 30% of their investment and will receive dividends. So come on you Fred fans, and in fact anybody who respects Englands Heritage, lets get to it and preserve the Heritage centre for many years to come! It has always been the aim to allow Fred's true fans to ultimately own Freds home, now known as The Fred Dibnah Heritage centre,  It was always Fred's dream for his home to be a heritage centre, and in fact he applied for planning consent for this, however he was refused consent and gave up on the idea.


After five years bringing the site back from a virtually derelict state, fighting against all the odds, and there have been many, applying for and obtaining the planning consent that Fred was denied (which took almost 12 months), we have now turned the site into a self sufficient successful venue.  According to Tripadvisor, it is Bolton's top venue!  It has a great future with terrific growth potential, especially once we return it to steam power.  The number of visitors has grown steadily each year, and this year we have more coach parties booked in than ever.

My wife has been unbelievably supportive over the past 5 years, however, her health has suffered and it is time for us to move over and make room for younger management.

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To this end we are ready to finally announce our campaign to hand the Heritage Centre over to Fred's fans to ensure the future of the Heritage Centre. We are currently in the process of training our management team that will ensure the Centre is run as efficiently as it always has been.  


We do not want to sell the site as this could mean a property developer could close it down and redevelop it which would be a travesty and would result in the loss of a truly important piece of Boltons heritage.

So this is the plan.......