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Gordon Dodge - 2005/4833
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 16th April 2007

Gordon Dodge, a great supporter of the train services to and through Melksham, and a friend of Melksham Station, passed away at the Royal United Hospital yesterday.  I have no details (at present) of funeral arrangemenst but will post them up here as I hear.

My deepest sympathy goes to his wife Audrey, and to his familiy.

I've written a little further here:

We have lost a great friend and a true gentleman.

Re: Gordon Dodge - 2005/4834
Written by Lee on Monday, 16th April 2007

I didnt know Gordon all that well , but on the occasions we did meet , I remember him to have been a friendly , easy to get on with person. I am also well aware of the vast amount of good work (much of it unsung) that he did for the Melksham cause.

The rail campaigning world needs more Gordons as much as it needs more Grahams , and he will be sadly missed.

His family have my deepest sympathies.

Re: Gordon Dodge - 2005/4877
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 18th April 2007

Gordon's funeral will take place on Tuesday 24th at 1.30pm at West Wilts Crematorium, Semington.  There will be a notice in the Wiltshire Times on Friday, I understand.

I'm sure every one would wishes to attend will be welcome.

Re: Gordon Dodge - 2005/4884
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 19th April 2007

I was sorry to hear about Gordon.  Despite the fact that I only met him a few times I always found him very friendly and easy to talk too.  A loss for the campaign.

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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