On Thursday 27 December 2018 Joseph Rogers, author of the forthcoming title “Britain’s Greatest Bridges”, became the first person recorded by the West Somerset Railway to run from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead via every station on the line.
Here he is at our beloved Williton Station, doing a WSR Station visit before continuing to Doniford Halt as part of his 24.1 mile run.
The route follows safe areas around the West Somerset Railway following public footpaths. Such a challenge had been proposed on the official West Somerset Railway website for the year, with a sheet available to print off to record each station visit, but until now, no such form had ever been completed and handed back to the railway.
Station Staff member Richard Salt, as can be seen, is mad about Christmas now that the Santa Trains started for the season on December 1st 2018. Let’s hope Richard returns to normal when these special trains end on Christmas Eve.
Promoted by the Station Master and created by many of the team, including Peter BBQ Chef and Liz major caterer, with an enthusiastic supporting cast, the annual station barbecue was a delight for all staff attending this private event.
This was one of the first cool days when more than the T-shirt and shorts was now required. Nevertheless with the warmth of excellent burgers and hot dogs, delicious puddings, all washed down with wine, beer, cider and juice (we all were of course off duty!) and good company kept us all in the best of cheer.
The first photo shows Peter and Liz, caterer and chef on the left in deep discussion with Dave and Ron. Further pictures show sated staff after the meal, the Station Master now remembering, as the light fails, that he brought his camera!
Williton Station achieved runner up in The Best Kept Station Competition held this July.
Hard work on buildings refurbishment, fencing repairs, miles of painting, café service, customer care and beautiful flower baskets showed the station to great advantage, convincing the judges of this high status among we ten competitors on the line!
Paul Conibeare, WSR General Manager, presents Williton Station Master John Parsons with the 2018 runner up certificate in the Best Kept Station Competition, organised by WSR Chairman Ian Coleby (right).
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During meetings to discuss the Watchet 150 celebrations Martin Hope, Williton’s Station Master, came up with a proposal to paint a mural on the wall of the station shop facing out onto the car park. Whilst other stations proposed grand celebrations on just one day he considered that the mural could be in place for at least twelve months and give enjoyment to passengers joining the train at Williton during the whole of the 2012 summer/autumn season.
He approached Tad Mandziej a local artist and wood carver who agreed to assist and he started working on Martin’s rough design for the mural. Many meetings, e-mails and hours taken to select the appropriate photographs resulted in the design being firmed up by Tad. It was now time for Brenda, Tad’s wife to get invoved , a talented artist she worked for many hours producing the mural assisted by Tad and several local artists.
The result can be seen on the right – a fantasic mural which definitely has the wow factor.
The mural was unveiled at a ceremony held during the morning of 31 March.
Our thanks go to Tad and Brenda and the other artists involved.