Trust and Company Directors have been working for a period of time to agree on a number of new projects and update the Strategic Plan with details of these. More information will be announced at the September AGM. Planning for two major new projects will commence very shortly to provide a new engineering facility for the railway and improved and expanded catering and retail facilities on the Midsomer Norton station site whilst not detracting from the overall appearance.
To manage the two new projects, a project team has been set up to manage and oversee the delivery of these two projects. At this initial planning state, a management consultant will be assisting with the preparation of a planning document. Engineering experts from Mott MacDonald Consultants will be advising on the optimal location for the engineering facility
Where possible internal skills and expertise will be used, however where the required skills are not available in-house, then management consultants and professional experts will be brought in to assist. In order to identify what skills and expertise are available amongst our volunteers, a skills audit will conducted.
We need 109 or 113lb flat bottomed rail in 60'(or near) lengths to complete our extension and to improve our existing running line, and a number of FB turnouts - B,C or D switches - with or without crossing timbers. We are prepared to pay a reasonable price for these or would welcome information on where these may be found other than on NR property.
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.
“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.
The railway is seeking expressions of interest from any persons who have experience of fund raising and who are willing to provide to the railway on a voluntary basis their expertise and time to help to increase the railways income significantly over the next five years. Funds generated will be used to enable the railway to expand and deliver a number of new projects which are currently in the early planning stages and provide benefits to both the railway and the surrounding community and help the S & D to become a major tourist attraction in this part of the South West.
The post at this time is on a purely voluntary basis and would suit someone who can devote several hours a week to the role, has good interpersonal and communications skills, strong writing and influencing skills, together with experience of fundraising across a range of areas and audiences. A passion for railway preservation will be a bonus!
The role will be to raise awareness of the railway within the local and regional area, develop goals and plans for raising money and;
Identify and explore donor pools
Assist with the application of grant proposals and manage endowments
Plan and manager marketing campaigns
Plan fund raising events and develop alliances with other organisations.
The ability to be an effective, creative and raise money for the railway is what this role is all about.
For an informal chat, please contact Stephen Lacey 07905 775373, Brian Litherland 07745 113635 or send a letter for our attention to Midsomer Norton station address details below with a brief overview of your experience and what you think you can bring to this role.