Chair of Blackmore Vale Community Rail Partnership, Gail Coleshill, invited other station friends from outside of Crewkerne to visit the town and sample its monthly Farmers Market and Antiques Trail. The trip was supported by South Western Railway, who provided special rail tickets to travel to Crewkerne from other BVCRP stations. Travellers from up the line were able to get the free bus to the town from the railway station and sample the delights of the market and the town, before being taken back to the station at lunch time.
The Crewkerne Voluntary Transport shuttle bus, arranged by Market Organiser Hannah Palmer and sponsored by the Antiques Bazaar, operates on a loop system every hour from the railway station and around the town to the monthly markets at Henhayes car park and inside Henhayes Centre. Belinda Ridout and David Walsh from Gillingham were delighted with their trip to Crewkerne and commented that “they had not appreciated how much Crewkerne had to offer.”
Chair of BVCRP Gail Coleshill, who is also secretary of the Friends of Crewkerne Station said: “They really enjoyed their trip on the railway to Crewkerne and it certainly was a help getting the bus to the town centre. We are hoping that this is the beginning of many inter town trips and they have said that they would be pleased to welcome Crewkerne people on a return trip to the Gillingham in Gear event of vintage motor cycles on June 8th.
The free shuttle bus in Crewkerne, operated by CVT’s voluntary drivers, will be available again to take rail passengers and people living on the outskirts of the town to the Farmers Market, Antiques & Vintage Market and Makers Market in the morning on Saturday June 15th.