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).
With much help from Bev Zehetmeier for 2017 photographs and my son Alex for manipulating the out-of-date software (complicated by its use of now incompatible plugins) the website now getting to the stage where news and photographs can be presented.
Please make your contributions of news, comments and photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each e-mail (message and attachments) must be less than 10mb and the preferred format is JPEG. Images must be at least 640 pixels on the longest side. Include in the message the date the photograph was taken, whose copyright it is, and a brief description.
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.
Work started today on preparatory work for the fitting of the footbridge roof. The Williton Station Maintenance started priming the 7”x2” fascia boards which the guttering and dagger boards will be attached to. This is the first job to be undertaken in the new maintenance hut which now has power and lighting installed. On Monday 16 April the scaffolding will be erected and be completed on 17 April when work on site will start. The main contract is being undertaken by John Farley, who as well owning a building company in West Wales, is also a steam engine driver on the West Somerset Railway. The electric work is being undertaken by Stuart Freeman a Williton based electrician, steelwork is in the hands of West Somerset Restorations and RAMs are producing and painting the dagger boards together with some miscellaneous work. The contract is programmed for completion in 4/5 weeks.