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Wiltshire Council - "History Centre reaches 50,000 landmark" - 8112/13145
Written by Lee on Thursday, 1st April 2010

From Wiltshire Council:

[quote="Wiltshire Council"]History Centre reaches 50,000 landmark

A landmark visitor to the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre was presented with a gift and flowers on Tuesday, March 30.

Mrs Rosemary Bennington of Chippenham, is the 50,000th user of the centre since it opened in October 2007. The presentation party included Wiltshire Councillor Stuart Wheeler, Allyson Jordan, head of libraries Swindon Borough Council and Andrew Kerr, chief executive of Wiltshire Council.

Mrs Bennington, who regularly uses the history centre, said:

Re: Wiltshire Council - "History Centre reaches 50,000 landmark" - 8112/13155
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 11th April 2010

I expect most of those 50,000 went by road rather than rail.  :-\

It's open from 9:30 to 5:30, Tuesday to Friday and the only train from the rest of Wiltshire to the station - which is very close by - arrives 2 hours before it opens.  And when they chuck you out after a very full day at 17:30, you've only got an hour and a half to wait for the train back to Trowbridge and Salisbury.

Saturday ... and you CAN do a sensible trip to Chippenham from the rest of Wiltshire on the "TransWilts" - perhaps a subject for further progressing, and some days out and joint publicity.

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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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