Volunteers at Crewkerne Railway Station have installed new flower planters on the unused down platform. The Friends of Crewkerne Station replaced the old wooden tubs that were ‘losing their bottoms’ with drinking troughs for cattle which they managed to obtain at a discount price from Countrywide stores in Crewkerne. The troughs have proved to be particularly suitable for the purpose and are also an historic reminder that one of the main functions of the down platform many years ago, was to transport calves up to Scotland.
The new planters have been filled with compost by the volunteers and contain pelargoniums, herbs, helichrysums and ornamental grasses which are drought resistant and were donated by supporters of the station and obtained from Sherborne Garden Centre, at a discounted price. Volunteers have situated rainwater butts against an old British Rail hut as they are very much aware of the difficulties in watering the plants, without a mains water supply. There is a weekly rota to keep the planters healthy and watered.
Friends of Crewkerne Station would welcome more people to help out. FOCS are a group of supporters and campaigners at the railway station, who believe that the booking office, waiting rooms and toilets should be open and comfortable for rail passengers. Friends membership secretary Sue Frackiewicz said: “New members get a membership card with our logo and a free visit to Crewkerne Museum. The logo is based on the old Southern Railway sign with the Friends name incorporated, which we decided was a nice touch.
“In addition, as an added inducement, anyone joining now will receive an extra couple of months membership free.” Annual memberships run until September 30th, 2018 and cost £10 or £5 for those who are unwaged or on benefits. Membership forms are available from the railway station, during opening hours, or by calling 07761441453.