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The Trustees have announced the date of  the 2019 AGM.  The meeting will be held in be held on  Saturday 13 April at 2:00pm at Crowcombe Hall.
It is hoped that travel concessions on the railway can be arranged for members to Stogumber, which is the nearest station, and from there a shuttle bus to the Hall and back.  Further details will be confirmed as soon as possible.

The WSR Community Engagement Project is a 2 year funded project to enhance community cohesion and enable the railway to increase its engagement with local communities, individuals, organisations and agencies and to extend its reach to a wider, more diverse community base. A range of activities will be developed including volunteering opportunities, training and work experience all of which are designed to facilitate personal well-being, community cohesion and the training and upskilling of people to help the economic stability of West Somerset and the wider areas surrounding the HPC build.

Job Title: WSR Community Engagement Officer

Job Purpose: To enhance and increase the railway’s engagement and interaction with local communities

Hours: 25 hours per week, achieved flexibly across 7 days.

Location: Based on the West Somerset Railway.

This role is key to the effective delivery of the project and the person engaged must possess the skills and experience necessary to interact, negotiate and deliver at all levels.

The role is offered on a 2 year fixed term employment contract.  It is part-time, based on 25 hours per week, but will need to be flexible to operate across 7 days per week as the function and remit of the Project dictates. Therefore full flexibility and the ability to work unsocial hours on occasions will be necessary.  Remuneration will be about £12.82 per hour according to experience.

A full job description can be downloaded from our website:

WSR-Community-Engagement-Officer-JD.pdf

Closing Date for applications is 9:00am on Monday 7th January 2019.

 

The West Somerset Railway has won a funding grant from Hinkley Point C Community Fund to deliver a Community Cohesion Project as part of the drive to mitigate the impact of the construction of Hinkley Point C on the local Somerset Community.

We are now recruiting for a Community Engagement Manager to manage and deliver the project. Please follow the link below for details.

Community Engagement Manager

The West Somerset Railway has been awarded a grant from the HPC Community Fund. The Fund is in place to help address and mitigate against intangible and residual community impacts deriving from the construction of Hinkley Point C. The successful WSR application, led by the West Somerset Railway Association with the full support and involvement of the West Somerset Railway Plc and other members of the WSR Family will enable the railway to increase its engagement with local communities, individuals, organisations and agencies to extend its reach to a wider, more diverse community base. A range of activities have been developed including volunteering opportunities and training and work experience which are all designed to facilitate personal well-being, community cohesion and the training/upskilling of people to help the economic stability for West Somerset and the wider areas surrounding the HPC build.

Click HERE to read the full press release.

The WSRA is thrilled that supporters shopping online via easyfundraising.com have now raised in excess of £400. The Staff and Trustees would like to thank all 43 supporters who have made the effort to make their online purchases via easyfundraising.com and raised over £400 in the last 18 months. All funds raised via easyfundraising go directly to support the restoration of locomotives to run on the West Somerset Railway.

Easyfundraising is an online fundraising platform that works with over 2000 retailers who have all agreed to make a donation to the shopper’s charity of choice. There is no cost to the consumer. If you’re not already signed up please consider using easyfundraising and help us raise funds for locomotive restoration.

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/westsomersetrailwayassociation/

The WSRA has teamed up with award winning television programme maker David Parker to present an evening celebrating the achievements of the some of the men and women who brought our picturesque branch lines back to life.

David is touring the country with his illustrated talk entitled “Flying Scotsman and the Golden Age of Steam” presenting footage of restored branch lines, locomotives and the sheer hard work put in some of the men and women who made it happen.  On Friday 9th November he will be at Bridgwater Arts Centre, starting at  7:30pm.  We have teamed up with him for this one show and included in the evening will be contributions from WSR folk, including Ryan Pope who has restored his own steam locomotive and is now the WSRestoration Engineering Manager.

Tickets, priced £10 and £8 for concessions are available in advance from  https://bridgwaterartscentre.cloudvenue.co.uk/flyingscotsmanandthegoldenageofsteam

WSR supporters are eligible for a price reduction and can get advance tickets for £8 and £6 (concessions) by using the promotional code 4472.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Notes:

  1. The Venue is Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle Street, Bridgwater TA6 3DD.  Enquiries to info@bridgwaterartscentre.o.uk
  2. The Promoter is David Parker who can be contacted on dparker@availablelight.tv
  3. The WSRA contact is the General Manager – jacquie.green@wsra.org.uk

The Trustees are pleased to announce that the re-upholstering of the two Stogumber station seats they agreed to fund earlier in the year is now complete and visitors to the station can sit in comfort whilst they wait for their train or partake of some refreshment.

The re-upholstering of the two bench seats was undertaken with advice and guidance from Ian Colbey on heritage, and funded by the WSRA. The 8 foot long fully upholstered seat is in the booking office (where delicious refreshments can also be purchased) and the smaller bench with only the seat upholstered is in the waiting room on the platform, along with a model railway layout recently gifted to the station.  They form part of an ongoing programme of improvements at Stogumber, that make the little station a joy to visit.

Peter Mann reports:

A small team from S&T, comprising Peter Mann, Bob Birkenhead and Bernie Martin, have successfully installed a new set of lever leads in Williton Signal Box.This was made possible by the funding support from the WSR Association, which was much appreciated. The leads were engraved by Phil Taphouse of P&S Engraving in Carhampton.

The job itself turned out to be more difficult than we anticipated as we hit a number of problems.  The main issue was that to meet the specification laid down by Signal Engineer John Jenkins, the font on the new leads needed to be as similar as possible to the fonts used on an original set of leads in John’s possession, which came from the old Westbury Signal box. It turned out that these exact fonts were not now available in the digital world, so we had to work very closely with the engraver over a number of months to match the fonts, necessitating many trials and test versions. In the end we had to select a variety of fonts for different letters and numerals. We are very grateful for Phil Taphouse’s expertise and perseverance. We are pleased with the final result, the leads look very good and they help to complete the WN loop extension project.

The photos attached show the new leads in place.