Latest news on the Blackmore Vale Line
Gillingham’s Annual Carnival, part of the Wessex Grand Prix Carnival Circuit. Takes place every year during the second week of October. Link: www.gillinghamcarnival.org.uk
The West Country Carnival Circuits are an annual celebration featuring a parade of illuminated floats (also referred to as carts), in the English West Country. The celebration dates back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. The purpose is to raise money for local charities.
The series of parades in each town now form a major regional festival. Some carts cost in excess of £40,000 to build and are the result of thousands of hours work throughout the year. The carnival is always accompanied at Gillingham by Coles Fun Fair which sets up on the Town Meadow, opening from the Wednesday evening to Carnival night on the Saturday, a family owned business bringing rides for the young and more daring rides for the brave. All the fun of the fair!
Friends of Gillingham Station (FOGS) receive a cheque from the Waitrose Green token Scheme for the sum of £233.00.
This money will go towards station enhancements to improve the welcome to the Town. Future plans include improved signage, walks from the station map, planting, heritage information board and improved waiting room with book swap facility.
Vintage milk churns and galvanised buckets were installed this summer to brighten up the station for passengers to enjoy. The planting scheme aims to reflects the industrial history of the station used to collect the milk churns from the many small dairy farmers.
The group are members of the new Blackmore Vale Line – Community Rail Partnership which aims to promote the stations along the line between Tisbury and Crewkerne.
If you would like to be involved with Friends of Gillingham Station, please contact: email@example.com or Tel: 01747 824 327.
Sarah Reeves – Three Rivers Partnership.
Tel 01747 824 327