FOCS Day Out to Gillingham with Blackmore Vale Community Rail Partnership

The Blackmore Vale Community Rail Partnership wants to encourage residents of all the towns from Tisbury to Crewkerne to get on the train for a day out. All the towns which include Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe, Sherborne, Yeovil and Crewkerne have something of interest to offer visitors.

Station Ambassador Tim Mears, at Crewkerne can supply group tickets for any group of three or more at a reduced rate. You can also get them online. The Friends of Crewkerne Station took advantage of this offer to make a trip to Gillingham where the station is right in the town. They went straight to Gillingham Museum where they were met by Sam Woodcock, a local historian who took them round on a tour of interesting places. Behind the Waitrose carpark is an amazing corner like a leap back in time which particulary delighted the visitors.

The Photo shows , Tim, Mike, Heather, Gail, Frankie, Jo, Tony, Sue V and Sue F

The BVCRP is part of a wider national network of rail partnerships, the Community Rail Network, which is hosting a Community Rail week from the 18th to the 24th October. With the COP26 on the climate emergency, the Community Rail Network will be focusing on stimulating sustainable travel, under the banner ‘Go Green by Train’, alongside raising wider awareness about the community rail movement.

South Western Railway will also be sponsoring travel for groups of people who find travelling by rail difficult.

The Friends of Crewkerne Station would like to encourage families to leave the car at home and take a trip on the train. There is plenty to see locally as well as trips up to London or down to Exeter and cheaper railcards available to help you on your way.

Phillip Bell