The HPC Community Cohesion Grants Programme addresses intangible and residual community impacts deriving from the construction of Hinkley Point C.

The successful West Somerset Railway application, led by the West Somerset Railway Association, focusses on volunteering and the benefits of personal well-being, community cohesion and economic stability that a volunteering spirit can bring to the community.  The West Somerset Railway has a thriving community of over 1000 volunteers with a wide range of backgrounds and skills applied across the whole 23 miles of the railway. This Grants Programme presents the opportunity to extend volunteering opportunities to a wider and more diverse community, as the populations of West Somerset Towns and Villages develop and change with the construction of Hinkley Point C.

The WSRA is one of ten local community groups which have been invited to submit applications to the second stage of the programme.  The application will now be developed to demonstrate how the West Somerset Railway will attract new volunteers from a diverse population and facilitate their integration into the community, enabling them to grow in confidence and skills as they make a valuable contribution to a community that becomes their own.

WSR PLC Chairman Ian Coleby said “The West Somerset Railway is an important part of the economy of West Somerset and we welcome this opportunity to extend our family of volunteers and engage with a wider community base”

WSRA Chairman Paul Whitehouse said “As the support charity for the West Somerset Railway we are thrilled to be leading on this project which will benefit individuals, the West Somerset Community, and the railway.”




  • 25 community groups submitted expressions of interest and 10 have been invited to submit second stage applications
  • The second stage applications must be submitted by May of this year
  • The West Somerset Railway Association is the support charity for the West Somerset Railway.
  • WSR Volunteer Andy Norman is the Project Manager leading on this application for the WSRA.
  • For more information about the railway please visit west-somerset-railway.co.uk
  • For more information about the West Somerset Railway Association please visit wsra.org.uk
  • For any other information please contact the WSRA General Manager Jacquie Green at jacquie.green@wsra.org.uk

The WSRA Fifty Fifty club draw has taken place for January 2018. Winning ticket numbers can be checked at https://www.wsra.org.uk/fifty-fifty-club/#results

If you’re not yet a member download an application form HERE

The WSRA has joined Somerset West Lottery and is now one of the ‘good causes’ available for you to choose as your beneficiary when you buy lottery tickets.

To support the WSRA and take part in the weekly lottery visit https://www.somersetwestlottery.co.uk/support/west-somerset-railway-association and buy your tickets.

If you buy tickets for this week’s draw, to be made on Saturday 10th February, there’s the added bonus of a chance of winning a trip for two for the Dunster Castle Express, courtesy of the WSR PLC.  What’s not to like?

The WSR Partnership Development Group has published draft minutes of the meeting held on 29th January. They can be downloaded HERE