The Spetisbury Station Project works with the community to preserve and enhance the former Spetisbury railway station
More info on www.spetisburystationproject.co.uk
or from Dean Cockwell, Spetisbury Project Manager on
Work parties take place regularly on a Sunday (a full list of dates for this year on the website). New members and supporters are always very welcome. We have continued to improve the station site through clearance of vegetation and general landscaping, and have provided picnic benches and grassed areas for visitors to enjoy. We are still actively pursuing our plan to construct a timber cabin, subject to planning permission, on the old 'down' platform which will act as a community café and information point for the station, Somerset & Dorset railway and trailway. We also fully support plans for improved access onto the trailway at the station. Our long-term aim to reconstruct the station buildings as a heritage centre remain unchanged, but we realise this is a very long-term aim indeed!
The foundations of the 1860 Station building on the down platform. This building was one of three structures erected on the platform when there was only one track. A second track was laid at the turn of the century, the up platform was then constructed and a new larger station building completed about 1901.
The above picture, looking west towards Blandford, shows both tracks, the '1860' building is to right of picture and the '1901' building to left. The signal box is in the far distance.
The winter work parties made great progress clearing the site and worked hard to bring the vegetation under control before nesting season. We were most grateful for the assistance of a licensed chainsaw with some of the larger tree stumps. Hand sawing can be hard graft.
If you use the steps from South Farm bridleway you will see the vegetation overhanging the steps has been cut back and moss removed from the steps, this should make access to the station much safer.
Now nesting season is underway we have stopped hedge clearance and resumed ground work, hopefully excavating the site of the signal box by the bridge.
Work Parties meet every other Sunday - details on the website.
Plans are being prepared for submission to NDDC for a site cabin and temporary café/visitor centre on the foundation of the 1860 Ladies waiting room, taking advantage of the superb view of the Stour valley and providing an information point and Community café to raise funds for the project.
The main plans to rebuild the'1901' Station building are at an early stage however below is an artist impression of how this building should look when complete.
HOW CAN I HELP?
To get involved with the work parties contact the project manager Dean Cockwell
Anyone can help by becoming a member or donating. To find out more about the project or to help with fundraising visit
If you could help with items for the temporary community café or any shrubs for infilling hedgerow please contact Moira on 0776 138 3563 or
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