The Friends of Crewkerne Station have received an award for the best handmade Christmas decorations. In the seasonal competition organised by the Blackmore Vale Community Rail Partnership and sponsored by South Western Railway, Crewkerne station received the highest number of points in the category for best handmade decorations. The five other main line stations in the community rail partnership between Crewkerne and Tisbury were also awarded and received a certificate for their great efforts in the competition’s remaining categories.
The certificate for the highest number of passengers filling in a voting form was won by Templecombe station, whose booking office clerk volunteered to keep the station open during the times when the steam train passed through on its outward and return journey, instead of closing at the usual time. Gail Coleshill secretary of the Friends of Crewkerne Station said: “The competition was a way of helping us to engage with rail passengers, who were invited to comment on the various types of decoration, like Christmas lights, stars, festive waiting rooms and so on.
“Our little engine tree decorations impressed the judges and of course were made by a variety of different people and their grandchildren.” FOCS was delighted to receive their winners certificate from Richard Kempton, Community Liaison for South Western Railway. The Friends also had some more good news to share with him as their tree in the Christmas tree festival at St Bartholomew’s Church had tied in first place with the Royal British Legion. Gail Coleshill said: “Again this was due to how many people voted for us. We really enjoyed dressing up the tree in all its silvery glory and John Coleshill did a splendid job on our little engine and train, which appears every year and was turned into the Polar Express.”