Friends of Yetminster Station
You may not be aware but there is a Heart of Wessex Line (this is the branded name of the Bristol to Weymouth railway line that runs through the village) User Group which promotes local communities getting involved in looking after and improving their railway stations.
The initiative is a twenty-year-old joint venture between seven local authorities and the train operator, currently Great Western Railway (formerly First Great Western) who provide grant funding for improvements.
Fantastically, a growing army of volunteers generously give over 13,000 hours of their personal time each year to enhancing stations and promoting the railway in their local communities – with the construction of a safe walking route to the station, creation of a car park and station link and reinstatement of the running board (the Station name) and other station signs Thornford is an example of what a user group can achieve.
Whilst it is understood that there was a previous “Friends” initiative this appears to have lapsed and sadly Yetminster is now the only unadopted station within the Dorset area. It would therefore be good if there were new enthusiasm to restart a “Friends of Yetminster Station” group.
Objectives could be to build community involvement in a local asset, improve information about the line locally and enhance the Station and its facilities – for instance there are no signs indicating that there is a station and where it is.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the User Group, or if you have skills that the group could use, please contact us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you don’t have access to the internet the Parish Council have offered, until we are a more “formal” organisation, to act as an initial contact point and you can contact us by writing to their clerk at 3 Wellmans Corner, Evershot, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 0LE.
We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to improve our station.