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Posted by ATDRPG Support Ashchurch station on November 20, 2015 at 6:05 PM






Welcome to our final Newsletter of the year, may we take this opportunity to wish you all Seasonal Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year. Thank you all for your continued interest and support.

The forthcoming meeting is to be held on Friday 27th November 7 for 7.30pm Tewkesbury Library.


Throughout September further work took place on the station garden to ready it for the Official Opening event on October 3rd. We were delighted to welcome Tim Maddocks, Customer Services Manager at Network Rail to do the honours by cutting a ribbon at the northern end of the garden, after he gave a well received speech covering the origination of the project, its gestation and his admiration for the final achievements. A representative of FGW was also present along with a number of the raised bed holders, local councillors, supporters and staff from Mary P's Nursery, who provided the refreshments after the formal opening. Laurence Robertson MP was also able to join us, sadly missing the ribbon cutting by virtue of a previous engagement in Tewkesbury. All were extremely complimentary about the garden design and the attractive beds created by their adopters. We have had many words of praise from users of the station and even FGW staff when trains stop. More than one lady has commented that they now feel safer, as it so obvious that the station is being cared for.

1 October and 6 November - our latest footfall counts again evidenced that usage figures continue to grow, with both demonstrating in excess of 110000 p.a. against the 83000+ official figures. We continue to monitor between the formal days and have seen such as 25 boarding the 0705 on 1 November and 38 on the 0924 the week before!

12 October - John had an all morning meeting with Katie Power and Neil Batt (senior officers of TBC) which proved to be extremely positive and helpful, with both keen to see us achieve our aspirations and for TBC to assist as far as possible. With this in mind, a mini-Round Table was organised for November 18, at which stakeholders from TBC, GWR, NR, Glos LEP and GCC were to further discuss how the aims could be funded and realised.

19 October - attended an evening presentation at the Watson Hall with local awards for Tewkesbury in Bloom entrants. It was announced that the town won a Silver Gilt award in the national competition, the first time Tewkesbury have reached this stage. The judges apparently were mightily impressed with what they saw in the town and the Town Mayor mentioned the part played by the station group in reaching this level of award.

30 October - John had a one hour meeting with Laurence Robertson at the station. Despite the rain, John explained what had been achieved and what the aspirations were and how Laurence could help. He (the MP) said that he would do all he could to assist and asked for anyone to continue to contact him on relevant matters.

2 November - John and Richard Dunn of the garden group met Tim Maddocks at Bristol to have a tour of station gardens around the area. Having visited Yatton, Parson Street and Yate, we came away impressed with the patch but otherwise felt that we were streets ahead of them in design, commitment and colour (especially at this time of year). Both John and Richard were encouraged to contemplate entering ACoRP's national competition next year.

Finally, the last two footfall counts have been hampered by some of the regular crew being unavailable on the dates of the counts. This means that the other regular ‘counters’ have to pick up the slack. So...anyone who can spare and hour or two during the day would be very welcome. It is not a hard job, merely counting numbers on and off and, if you feel up to it, chatting with the travellers and identifying where they are going and have come from. The next count is on January 9 2016. Thank you.



Steering group members are looking forward to working with Mary P’s Nursery organising a community event to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Look out for further details after the New Year.




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Joan via facebook asks; “Yesterday the information machine was out of order. This was my first journey on this particular train and I didn't know which platform!”

*If you notice that the machines are not working please report it via the ‘Help Point’. The more reports the better. Do not hesitate to use the ‘Help Points’ at any time.


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