Friends of Crewkerne Station were joined for their Winter Open Day by the Crewners, who sang carols and other festive songs to welcome rail passengers, on the platform and in the station’s waiting room. The waiting room had been decorated for the festive occasion by the Friends with a glittering Christmas tree complete with silver star, fresh seasonal garlands and paper decorations. Hot drinks and mince pies were available as Santa greeted everyone with a customary ‘Ho Ho Ho’.

For those interested in the history of Crewkerne station, an exhibition with black and white photographs of the railway station in its early days and up-to-date colour photographs were on display, including the latest news from FOCS on their voluntary work at the station and upkeep of flower planters on the platforms. A raffle with prizes donated by local businesses was well supported. The first prize of complimentary rail tickets was won by Mike Frackiewicz, a Friend of Crewkerne Station.

The Friends of Crewkerne Station would like to thank the following for their support for the Open Day and kind donations to the raffle; South Western Railway, Twigs N Twine, Naturalife, Milly’s Antiques, James, The Menders, No 31, Rodfords, North Perrott Farm Shop, Take A Peek Boutique, Crewkerne Fish Bar, Harmony, Crewkerne Antiques Centre, Bilbys, Oscars Wine Bar, Boots, Carousel, MJ’s Cafe and the Antiques Bazaar.

Crewkerne Station is one of six railway stations that make up the Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership – the others being Yeovil Junction, Sherborne, Templecombe, Gillingham and Tisbury. All of these stations have prepared their waiting rooms and platforms with decorations. South Western Railway has sponsored their efforts and is presenting awards for various themes. Caroline Rowlands, partnership officer said: “We hope that people may be inspired to take the train and enjoy some of the festivities. Don’t forget you can vote for your favourite decorated station in the Blackmore Vale Line Rail Partnership.” The public vote opened on December 1st and will close on December 15th. Score sheets are available at Crewkerne station and at the other stations. It can also be downloaded from www.blackmorevaletrains.com

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