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Happening this month ... and in the first half of this year - 7948/12857
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 24th January 2009
It's not all doom and gloom ... there is a lot happening in Melksham this year. Here are some local dates for your diary in February
Wednesday 4th February, for 4 nights - Comedy Club presents "Goldilocks and the Three Bears".
Wednesday 11th February - Chamber of Commerce Quiz night
Thursday 12th February - Credit Crunch Seminar, 18:30, arranged by town council
Saturday 14th February - Honey B and The Kings Of Sting Valentines Dance
Tuesday 17th February - Electronic Organ Club
Friday 20th February - Moviola - "The Boy in Striped Pyjamas"
Tuesday 24th February - Quiz night - Wilts and Berks Canal Trust
And looking further ahead:
Sat 28th Mar Wiltshire Constabulary Band Concert
Sat 25th Apr Town Crier's Competition
Sun 3rd May Melksham Food And Drink Festival (7 Days)
Sat 16th May TrainWest Exhibition, Christie Miller (2 Days)
Thu 4th Jun Elections for Wiltshire Council
Sat 11th Jul Party in the Park and Carnival
Thu 23rd Jul West Wilts Show in Trowbridge (3 Days)
On line links to all these events via http://www.wellho.net/melksham/diary.html
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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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