The chairman of Blackmore Vale Community Rail Partnership, Derek Beer and partnership officer Caroline Rowland, recently visited Crewkerne station to judge the Christmas decorations. The visitors were greeted by a small group of Friends of Crewkerne Station, dressed as elves and Customer Ambassador, Tim Mears who was wearing his special Christmas suit.

This year’s BVCRP Christmas station decoration competition was given the green light to go ahead, much to the delight of the Friends of Crewkerne Station and partners up the line at Yeovil Junction, Sherborne, Templecombe, Gillingham and Tisbury. The judges were particularly impressed with the children’s artwork on the windows of Crewkerne railway station and baubles in the planters on the platform, along with the Christmas tree and other festive decorations in the booking office and waiting room, where there is also a collection box in support of Save the Children’s, Christmas Jumper Day appeal.

Secretary of FOCS, Gail Coleshill said: “We have had a lot of fun decorating the station for Christmas and are lucky that South Western Rail allowed us to do this, within the Covid rules. We would love people to come up and look at our decorations and if you are taking a train up the line, you can see all the other ‘Christmassy’ stations.” Our featured photo kindly sent in by FOCS, shows members Heather Sergeant, Frankie Maclachlan and Sue Vagg with BVCRP officers Derek Beer and Caroline Rowland and Customer Ambassador at Crewkerne station, Tim Mears.

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