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Amazon has today launched it’s new support mechanism for charitable organisations and the WSRA has signed up to be a part of it.  Access your amazon account via the new  website and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net value of every purchase you make to the WSRA.

How to join in:

  1. Visit
  2. Choose your charity – under ‘pick your own charitable organisation’ type in West Somerset Railway Association and click search
  3. Select the WSRA when given the option
  4. Shop via  You will notice that under the search box in your browser it says ‘supporting: West Somerset Railway Association’
  5. Donation of 0.5% of your net purchase price is made by Amazon to the WSRA.
  6. Bookmark for future purchases.


WSRA Note:

This is a new service and we’re still waiting for marketing materials, logos etc to be made available by Amazon.  Using them without specific permission is not an option!  The WSRA Organisational Information has been ‘gleaned’ by Amazon and we would hope to be able to update and modify it in due course.  However the funds are there and Amazon is ready to donate so please don’t let a few teething issues put you off.

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
  • For more information about the West Somerset Railway Association please visit
  • For any other information please contact the WSRA General Manager Jacquie Green at

The WSRA Fifty Fifty club draw has taken place for January 2018. Winning ticket numbers can be checked at

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 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

The WSRA was asked by the team of volunteers restoring two open wagons at Washford if it could hep with funding for tarpaulins to preserve the restoration work and secure loads when running as part of an authentic WWII freight train. The tarpaulins were to be authentic dark olive 16 oz Cotton Duck.
The WSRA was pleased to help and a crowdfunding webpage was immediately set up and fundraising for the £400 needed began. The response was overwhelming and the required amount was raised in less than 48 hours. A truly great achievement by supporters of the West Somerset Railway.

The tarpaulins are being ordered and will be on display on the newly restored open wagons in the Military freight train running at the Spring steam Gala.

The WSRA Trustees are pleased to support the Directors of our trading subsidiary WSRA Promotions Ltd, in their decision to promote Ryan Pope to Engineering Foreman and Don Wood to Production Manager.

Ryan Pope started work for West Somerset Restoration as an Engineering Apprentice. He quickly excelled in his training and was offered a full time position at the end of the Apprenticeship. Since then Ryan has grown rapidly in both knowledge and experience, including fully restoring his own Andrew Barclay 1219 “Caledonian Works”. Together with Don Wood who is an experienced engineering production manager, Ryan will manager the day to day operations of West Somerset Restoration.

The WSRA is organising a fundraising pub quiz in association with Pub Aid and the ‘Worlds Biggest Pub Quiz’.

The quiz will take place in Bishops Lydeard Village hall on Friday 9th March. Doors open at 7:00pm and the Quiz starts promptly at 7:30pm.

Teams of up to 6 people are invited to register by Friday 2nd March by calling 01823 433856 or emailing Entry fee is £6 per person.

Tea and coffee will be available, nibbles are provided and you’re welcome to bring your own drinks.


The final 50:50 club draw for 2017 has now taken place and cheques are on their way to the lucky winners. As usual the winning ticket numbers can be viewed at

Over the year the WSRA 50:50 club generated £8726, of which half was given back in prizes and the remainder was a donation to the WSRA, after club admin costs were accounted for. Participation in the club has increased significantly over the year, as we have dealt with the past issues and moved forward. The lowest month was February when just £536 was paid into the club, but by December that had increased to £863.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participates in the WSRA 50:50 club and if you’re not yet a member, you can download an application form HERE.

More members = a higher prize fund and more donations for the WSRA. 


The Trustees and Staff of the WSRA and WSRA Promotions would like to wish all our members and supporters a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Thank you for all your support in 2017; we hope you will continue with us in 2018.