Friends of Crewkerne Station Awards

This year the Blackmore Vale Community Rail partnership took part in a light hearted competition between the stations for decorating the waiting rooms and platforms. Each station won an award for what the public thought they did best and Crewkerne station won the cup for the most votes cast in all the stations.

At Christmas time passengers are treated to an exhibition of Christmas cheer with decorations around the waiting room, decorated trees and lights and this year the Friends of Crewkerne Station were giving away mince pies from the station cafe @Sue’s.

The Friends of Crewkerne Station put in a lot hard work and imagination, but also had great fun, decorating not only the tree in the station but also a tree in St Batholomew’s Christmas Tree festival. They are grateful for the help they had from the Castle Garden Centre in Sherborne which gave them a generous discount for plants and decorations. They were delighted that people appreciated their efforts which was shown by the votes cast for their tree in the church and the number of voting slips returned in the Crewkerne Station waiting room. Booking Office clerk Judy Kyle joined in the fun by giving out voting slips with the tickets she sold.

Photo shows from the left Gail Coleshill, Annabella Van Clute, Heather Sergeant, Tony Reese, Judy Kyle with the cup, Henryk Plotzek and Jo Spiteler pausing from packing up the decorations.

Chair of FOCS Tony Reese was full of praise for the volunteers and wants to thank all the people who voted for the Friends trees.

He said “We have a group of dedicated volunteers at the station who put lots of effort into keeping the station a pleasant and delightful place to spend time. It is great to know that the travelling public and residents appreciate our work. By voting for us they have made us the tied most popular tree at the church and enabled us to win the BVCRP annual cup for the most votes in the stations.”

The Community Rail Partnership is promoting rail travel between the towns from Tisbury to Crewkerne on South Western Railway’s Waterloo to Exeter route. Each station also has a group of ‘Friends’ who visit the station regularly to help keep it an inviting venue for passengers. They improve the facilities by perhaps adding a piece of station equipment like seats, keep it litter free, install plants and planters and report anything untoward to the Railway Company.

Anyone interested in joining the friends can visit the website by clicking here or contact Chairman Tony Reese on 07967947335

Contact Gail Coleshill, Secretary, Friends of Crewkerne Station 07811657798

Andrew Harrowell Community Rail Manager has put forward two of our stations Gillingham and Yeovil Junction for DfT funding.

Andrew says ‘this is a £330 million programme which all train operators bid into, for the DfT to then decide how the funds will be split across the country. There are a number of criteria that stations are assessed on and SWR’s Regional Development Managers worked closely with stakeholders to help create the final shortlist, balancing passenger need, with feasibility and third party funding.

We expect a decision in late spring on whether any of our bids were successful. We will then work with Network Rail, who deliver the projects over the next five years.

As there is a lot of submissions from across the country we can make no guarantees if any of our stations will be selected for this funding, however I thought you might find this of interest. Stations on CRP lines include:Blackmore Vale Line – Gillingham and Yeovil Junction

Click here to read the booklet outlining which stations SWR put forward for the Department for Transport’s Access for All funding.