FATHER CHRISTMAS ARRIVES AT STATION OPEN DAY BY TRAIN

Father Christmas arrived at the Open Day at Crewkerne Railway Station by train. The festive event, organised by the Friends of Crewkerne Station included a photographic exhibition of snow scenes at the railway station in the winter of 1962/63 and 2017/18. There was also a raffle, mince pies kindly supplied by @Sues in the old weighbridge cafe and visitors were invited to give their marks out of ten, for the Christmas decorations in the station waiting room.

Rail users score sheets for the Decoration Station Christmas Competition 2018 are available at the station until judging closes on December 15th. FOCS secretary Gail Coleshill said: “The Blackmore Vale Community Rail Partnership which includes stations at Crewkerne, Yeovil, Sherborne, Templecombe, Gillingham and Tisbury is again fortunate in having the support of South Western Railway for their Christmas Decorations at the stations. Each set of station volunteers have decorated their station and travellers are being asked to vote on which of the themes they think are the best. It’s a light-hearted competition where every station is a winner and we are asking people to enjoy the decorations and then fill in the form and put it in the box provided.”

FOCS social secretary Heather Sargeant said: “We enjoy making the station a pleasant place to be, especially at Christmas. We are very pleased too at the support we get from local businesses who donate lots of lovely prizes for our open day raffles.” FOCS are looking forward to taking part in this years Christmas Tree Festival at St Bartholomew’s Church of which they were joint winners in the senior section last year, with their Polar Express. They are currently hoping to borrow an electric model of Thomas the Tank engine or some Brio track, as although they have a Brio battery operated Thomas they do not have enough track. Please let us know if you can help with this request.

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