Friends of Crewkerne Station FOCS: News Release August 6, 2021

Days Out with Blackmore Vale Community Rail Partnership

In a move to get local residents back on track, Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership, is getting involved in a national awareness campaign, to promote the delights and benefits of ‘Days Out by Rail’, coordinated by Community Rail Network.

South Western Railways is delighted to join this campaign and Paula Aldridge, their Community Rail Manager visited Crewkerne with Blackmore Vale Community Rail Partnership Chair Derek Beer to meet the Friends of the Station and observe the work they have been doing at the station. Paula admired the Planters which are in full bloom now and saw the new safety railings erected by Network Rail. The green railings along the edge of the platform enable volunteers to work safely on clearing moss from the platform and caring for the cattle trough planters, which are looking a picture now.

Chair Tony Reese said: 

“We were pleased to welcome Paula Aldridge to our station and were able to point out some of the things where SWR could help as well as all the good things that have been happening round the station. We are pleased that already since her visit an SWR maintenance person has been to look at repairs to the steps leading up from the Pumphouse to the road. Passengers and volunteers alike will be pleased when they don’t have to go the long way round to reach the station.”

As part of the ‘Days Out’ campaign Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership will be showcasing places to visit and things to do along the Blackmore Vale Line which covers Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe, Sherborne, Yeovil Junction and Crewkerne.

Gillingham is running a competition in which they are inviting visitors to take part. To take part you must send an image of your favourite place in Gillingham with a short five- word caption to by the closing date of 20th August 2021. The top 10 best images judged by Claire Mann, Managing Director of South Western Railway, will be featured on a series of railway artworks for the town.

For information about the interesting things to see and do in all the Blackmore Vale Towns download the Summer Days out leaflet.


The Photo shows Paula Aldridge under the station canopy with Derek Beer, FOCS members Heather Sergeant, Tony Reese, and Henryk Plotzcek

Phillip Bell