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14th July - Party in the Park in Melksham - 2529/5622
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 9th June 2007

I have JUST (in the last couple of hours!) booked a table for the two campaigns at Melksham's "Party in the Park"  on 14th July.  We'll have a 5m x 3m pitch ("a lot of space") to put the case;  I'm happy to be on the stand all day (open from 2 p.m. to "fireworks") and would be delighted to have any other VOLUNTEERS - please - along ;-).  Excellent chance for publicity.  Other events are fastmoving at the moment; we'll see if we're selling seats to Weymouth, congratulating the decision makers and publicising the new services to come,  or handing people postcards to lobby with!

Re: 14th July - Party in the Park in Melksham - 2529/6291
Written by Lee on Saturday, 14th July 2007

Todays the day (link below.)

Hope it goes well , and sorry I cant be there.

Re: 14th July - Party in the Park in Melksham - 2529/6359
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 18th July 2007

Here is a report (link below.)

Re: 14th July - Party in the Park in Melksham - 2529/6360
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 18th July 2007

Should have followed up on this thread here - sorry - been rushed off my feet.  Good day - meeting people / getting a straw pole done (I've put the results elsewhere) getting cards filled in, selling the Weymouth trip.    All in all, met a lot of people, raised the profile, got some more impettus - many thanks to everyone who helped.  Personal pictures at

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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