The WSRA has achieved its latest fundraising target to raise £473 to provide the materials for volunteers to complete the overhaul of a 1942 MoD Brake Van, and facilitate the recreation of a typical military freight train of the 1939/1945 era to run on the WSR.

The campaign ran from 8th to 25th June and raised well in excess of the £473 needed.  There were 26 donors of whom 20 gift aided their donations.  Any donations and related gift aid not needed for this project will be held over as restricted funds for the next similar project.

Donors commented “Another great project from the WSRA” and “Keep up the good work”.

In January this year the first successful fundraising campaign achieved it’s target of £400 for authentic wagon tarpaulins in just 2 days.  This campaign was also oversubscribed and £80 was held over and is being used towards materials to re-furbish the Brake Van.  It is planned to complete the refurbishment in time for the 1940’s weekend in September.

The WSRA has raised over £1000 for wagon restoration on the WSR this year.

THANK YOU to all our donors and supporters.

The papers for the 23rd Annual General Meeting of the West Somerset Railway Association are now available for download from the Documents page of this website.

The meeting will be held on Saturday 7th July at 2:00pm in Bishops Lydeard Village Hall. To speed up the entrance process please bring your current membership card with you.

In accordance with Articles 51 and  52 any member unable to attend the meeting may appoint a proxy to attend in his/her place to vote on any resolution placed before the meeting.  Proxy Notification forms must be received at the Registered Office by 2pm on Thursday 5 July 2018.  Electronic submission to admin@wsra.org.uk is acceptable.

Trustees Nigel Power, and Paul Whitehouse are retiring by rotation and both have offered themselves for re-election.  Geoff Garfield, who was co-opted during the year also offers himself for election by the membership.  Three additional members are standing for election, Frank Courtney, Will Foster and Robin White. Please see the Articles of Association (articles 7 – 25) for full details of the roles and responsibility of Trustees.

The Trustees look forward to seeing as many members as possible at the meeting.

In partnership with the Gin & Sin co, the WSR plc are offering WSRA members the chance to join a very special experience on Sunday 17th June. Travel through the Somerset Countryside whilst sampling a selection of gins and learning about the history and process of gin making. You will be able to sample 5 artisan gins with suggested botanicals and different types of tonic. After sampling, choose your favourite gins from the samples to enjoy three full measure Gin and Tonics.
Your gin tasting experience will take place on the 14.15 train from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead and you will be free to return on a train on your choice. If you choose to start your journey at Minehead, you will need to catch either the 10.15 or 12.15 train in order to reach Bishops Lydeard in time for your 14.15 departure.

All seats are arranged in tables of four – if you book four seats, you will be seated together, if you book two or singles, you will be seated with another party.
Over 18s only. Please arrange suitable transport home, do not drink and drive.

Included in your ticket:
Introductory talk
Return travel on the West Somerset Railway
5 artisan gin samples
3 full size gin and tonics (if you prefer, you can take away a 50ml sample of gin to enjoy later)

This exciting new experience is on sale to the General Public for £49 but WSRA Members can receive a £10 (almost 20%) discount by quoting a discount code when booking. Contact the WSRA General Manager to obtain your discount code.

Book online on the WSR PLC website. If you prefer to book by phone please call 01643 704996 from Monday 11th June. You will need to have your current WSRA membership card with you when you travel.