It’s a busy time of year for gardeners at Midsomer Norton Station. They have been doing their usual Monday work of weeding and mulching as well as planting new seeds and hanging baskets. The bank border of Perennials by the buffet coach is being trimmed, weeded and mulched and that will continue during spring flowering time. 

 

The front border needs light weeding at the station building end as spring weather encourages the seeds lying dormant. A strong team of students is helping to extend the front border down to the traffic lights by carting composted material down to fill in the gap. The hedge plants are already in position ready to be planted when they are finished.

 

One of the early spring tasks was to plant young hedge plants along the field boundary of the railway line. The hedge plants have all been donated by members of the Somerset and Dorset Heritage Trust and are all native ranging from Hollies Hawthorns and Field Maples to Dogwood and Beeches.

 

Volunteer Gardener and Trustee Gail Coleshill would like to welcome more volunteers for the gardens.

She said

 

“Midsomer Norton Station was always known for its gardening skills when the Somerset and Dorset Railway was running. We are keeping up the tradition and have also extended the garden area – and we sell plants. Anyone who would like to help come up on a Sunday and Monday and you will be very welcome."

 

The station on Silver Street is open on a Sunday and Monday from 10 till 4 for volunteers and visitors. The next Open Day event will be the May Day Bank holiday when trains will be running on Sunday 6th and Monday 7th.

 

The photos shows Doug Auckland, David Lacey - Goodman, Tony White and John Bridges, volunteer gardeners on their way to plant the boundary fence through the nature reserve.

Official S&D DVD now available
 
We heartily recommend our brand new DVD 'The S&D Reborn' which charts the change of fortunes of Midsomer Norton South station since closure in 1966. This has been produced especially for us by Andrew Johnston who produced the iconic BBC documentaries 'All Change at Evercreech Jn', and 'Return to Evercreech Jn'. Priced at £9.95 (plus £2.00 P&P) it is excellent value - and all proceeds go to the railway!
 
Available either from the station shop or by the order form below.
 
For a limited time, if you set up a Standing Order for your membership subscription, you will be sent set a copy of the DVD ‘Somerset & Dorset Reborn’
 

£9.95

 

The S&DRHT are currently in the process of launching our own 50/50 Prize Draw fund.

 

The prize draw fund will generate income in order to allow the railway to expand and improve the facilities for both our members and visitors to our railway. The income into the fund will be split 50/50 between prizes -1st,2nd and 3rd prizes drawn each month and 50% to the Trust  to help fund new projects and improvements to the railway.

 

We are seeking a member with a few hours a week spare time to run this exciting new project for the Trust and help to generate funds to improve our railway.

 

Responsibilities to include:

·  Maintaining a register of all players and their payments.

·  Overseeing the monthly prize draw.

·  Maintaining a record of prize draw income and expenditure.

If this is something that you are interested in running on behalf of our railway please contact 

 

Brian Litherland

 

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Volunteers at the Somerset and Dorset Railway at Midsomer Norton Station welcomed visitors from Welton school who are learning about engineering as part of their curriculum.

 The party was guided in groups around the station buildings and grounds by Zaida Haworth, Vivienne Taylro and Roger Taylor, who was dressed for the part in a station uniform, with the children showing an active enthusiasm for all they saw. Will George was in the signal box explaining the all the levers which were a similar size to his audience.

 Barry Bax, Museum Curator, opened the Museum for the children to see the splendid collection of railway artefacts and memorabilia including a life size horse.

 He said

"We are very impressed that Welton school considers the history of engineeering in this neighbourhood to be important. These children have grown up without the benefit of a railway here so would know nothing about the importance of the Somerset and Dorset railway until now."

 The visit culminated in a trip down the line in the Queen Mary brake van behind the British rail 08 class Diesel shunter.

 The next event at the station will be a Steam Gala with a visiting Jinty Steam locomotive when The station will be open to visitors to ride the trains on March 10th and 11th and March 18th.  

The track gang held two very successful working weekends in February, the first was held on the 10th & 11th February and the second on the 17th & 18th. The weather wasn’t particular kind on the first of these with rain all day on the Saturday, followed by a cold but dry day on the Sunday with even a few flakes of snow in the afternoon.

Suspension of Public Services

Suspension of all Public Services                                                                                                                                                                                Updated 26th March 2020.

All public services have been stopped and there is no public access to any of the site. 

 This is going to be a challenging time for all heritage railways as we rely on footfall to keep us running. Your understanding, patience, and co-operation is appreciated and we thank you all in advance for your ongoing support.

 

Guidelines for Working Volunteers

The station site is now closed to all working volunteers.

The site is under constant CCTV surveillance and local observers are conducting regular site checks. 

 

 

 

Thank you.

Please note that the Company has now taken the decision to suspend all passenger trains and operating days until further notice.

 

 

Like many other businesses, the Somerset and Dorset Heritage Railway is monitoring the situation and following government guidelines. 

As everyone's health and welfare is our priority, we will take all necessary precautions to ensure this.

We have asked that all our all staff and volunteers follow this advice:

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• Put used tissues in the bin immediately
• Wash your hands often with soap and water
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth when your hands are not clean

Visitors if you are planning on visiting from an area that has been directly affected by the coronavirus and you are showing symptoms similar to those associated with the virus (fever, cough, breathlessness), it is best that you do not visit until you have contacted your local health authority or doctor for further advice and instruction.

We will continue to monitor the situation and government advice and will issue further updates if the situation changes.

The latest government information on coronavirus can be found on the Department for Health and Social Care’s website.

Given that the advice from the health authorities - for the moment has not changed - we are operating as normal for the time being

We will advise you further should this position change.

‘Outstanding’ say South West in Bloom about Midsomer Norton Station

Members of the Gardens team met at the station on Monday March 2nd and were presented with their certificate from the South West in Bloom ‘Outstanding’ certificate in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ class.

 

 

‘Outstanding’ is awarded to groups who have achieved a level 5 which is the highest level in the ‘Its Your Neighbourhood’ event.

The ‘Its Your Neighbourhood’ is a development of the Neighbourhood awards scheme and is not competitive but is designed to give support and recognition to community action groups across the South West. Although the plants on display are a large part of the award other factors are equally important. The Judges are looking for community participation and environmental responsibility and recognised that Midsomer Norton Station has shown high levels of all three.

In 2019 the ‘In Bloom’ judge Denise James visited and was able to observe the result of work done not only by the gardens team but also students from the Fosse Way School and a group of volunteers from Sainsbury’s who were celebrating 150 years by doing some local community work. Trustee with the responsibility for grounds and gardens, Gail Coleshill, took the judge not only around the site by the station buildings but also up the line in the Wickham Trolley so that she could see the environmental improvements and wildflowers lineside as a result of judicious clearing by the track work volunteers.

The official awards day took place towards the end of last year in Newquay but as there were too many volunteers from Midsomer Norton Station to make the trip it was decided to hold a small presentation in the spring.

Trustee Gail Coleshill said, “Although we have entered the Its Your Neighbourhood class before we have never achieved Outstanding before and I would like to pay tribute to all the hard work from the team. There is no doubt that the station looked its best not only with all the flowering borders around the station but also the wildflowers up the line.

We would also like to pay tribute to Denise James who has been a great help and support over the years and we were very sad to hear of her death last autumn.

Fosseway School took over the Dig for Victory bed near the Pillbox and planted it with flowers and vegetables are grown from seed at the school. Sainsbury’s volunteers continued making the front road border by clearing the weeds, filling the ditch with home grown compost and planting shrubs and perennials.

Trustee John Baxter will be presenting the certificate and a cake to celebrate the ‘Outstanding’ work of the volunteer gardens team at Midsomer Norton Station.

The Station volunteers would welcome more volunteers for the gardens team.

WAGON APPEAL!

The Trust are pleased to announce the purchase of two BR 16Ton Mineral Wagons. These wagons, once restored, will kick start our plans to recreate a demonstration coal train. 

Coal traffic was the lifeblood of the S&D, with the many collieries along the northern section of the line, seeing hundreds of these wagons every week.

The Trust is appealing for donations towards to the transportation and restoration of these iconic vehicles. Both currently reside at the Swanage Railway and will require replacement flooring and a good rub down prior to painting. 

Any donation will be great fully received, and will help the once common sight of coal wagons return to the S&D! 

Donations can be made via our website, or in person at the station! Remember to fill in a Gift Aid Form to make your donation go even further! 

 

https://www.sdjr.co.uk/fundraising

Opening Times

Sundays 10.00 to 16.00 for viewing, museum, wartime pillbox, buffet coach, gift shop and second-hand bookshop. 
 
Mondays, but for viewing only, rather than full facilities, shop and museum open from 13.00 to 16.00. Buffet coach open from 10:00 until 15:00.

Contact

Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust
Midsomer Norton Station
Silver Street
Midsomer Norton
BA3 2EY

01761 411 221
Phones are manned when the shop is open.

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