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Charity Masked Ball in aid on Cancer and Cerebral Palsy charities - 51/94
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 21st October 2005

Whitley Golf Club - just up the way from Melksham station.

Re: Charity Masked Ball in aid on Cancer and Cerebral Palsy charities - 51/104
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 1st November 2005

Geeze these things are NOT my scene (I was there and I was a regular grump according to Lisa) BUT ... a good time seemed to be had by all, and I think I'll hear that xxxx was raised for Cancer and Cerebral Palsy in due course.

Lisa (not "mine"), Lisa (yet another one), Christine, and too many other to mention put a **** of a lot into setting up the evening and to making sure it ran smoothly - you done good!

Re: Charity Masked Ball in aid on Cancer and Cerebral Palsy charities - 51/151
Written by philmcm on Sunday, 4th December 2005

Masked Balls aren't really my scene either, but I did have a small hand in helping to organise a superb event in the Assembly Hall last week which really deserved to get more publicity than it actually did. It was noticeable that precisely NONE of the local press or news media were there on the night either. No change there then - "good news is no news" I suppose is the way they look at it.

Here's an extract from a report that was written by one of the organisers for the George Ward school newsletter:

Re: Charity Masked Ball in aid on Cancer and Cerebral Palsy charities - 51/156
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 5th December 2005

Yes, there's very much a "no news is good news" philosophy around .... but Melksham does have a heart quietly beating; there's folks out there making big and small contributions, raising funds for everything from Tsunami and earthquake relief through more general UK charitities such as the Masked Ball I started this thread for and for your really local event.  Good on you, Phil, and everyone else who supports these events.  Off topic, but I'm happy for them to be covered.  They're not REALLY off topic, after all; they're showing what a fine town Melksham is.

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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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