STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: escaping the Blitz, cider, a twist of baccie and life on the Quantock Hills in 1940s Somerset when life was a little less hectic
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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: escaping the Blitz, cider, a twist of baccie and life on the Quantock Hills in 1940s Somerset when life was a little less hectic

This article was written by Harry Mottram for the Bridgwater Mercury newspaper in 2015. High up in the misty folds of the southern Quantocks lies the hamlet of Merridge with its farms, its farm cottages and its… well that’s it. Except for Pines Café and the Traveller’s Rest Inn of course. And it’s at the […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: land of Blue Remembered Hills and quiet railway stations – a description of the line when it was still in use
By December 10, 2019 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: land of Blue Remembered Hills and quiet railway stations – a description of the line when it was still in use

From Yatton to Wells and down the line An article written in 2014 by Alex Duncan on the Strawberry Line Let me take you along the line from Yatton to Wells – for it’s still as vivid to me now as it was when I was a schoolboy after the war. From Yatton station the […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: fast forward into the future and you could potentially cycle or walk  from Yatton to Witham Friary if the land is opened up –  just how far can the Strawberry Line go?
By December 8, 2019 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: fast forward into the future and you could potentially cycle or walk from Yatton to Witham Friary if the land is opened up – just how far can the Strawberry Line go?

 Cycle paths across Britain are expanding as more people use their bikes to discover the countryside. Originally the Strawberry Line ran from coast to Cranmore. Only part of it is used a viable cycleway and path. Harry Mottram asks could it really run all the way from Wales to Wiltshire? This article was written in 2014. NOTE: the Government ditched the idea of a Severn Barrage due to costs – although it remains a possibility for the future. Imagine being able […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: Bristol’s own Bluebell girl Gloria Sheaves – written by the writer, actor and director Theresa Roche in 2015
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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: Bristol’s own Bluebell girl Gloria Sheaves – written by the writer, actor and director Theresa Roche in 2015

The life and times of the dancer Gloria Sheaves The former dancer who was born on 28 April 1913 at Stour-Row near Shaftesbury in Dorset, the fifth child born into a family of cattle farmers. She was christened Gwendoline Marjorie Allard. One of her earliest memories was around the time of her sixth birthday seeing […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES NEWS: Check out the Axbridge Draft Neighbourhood Plan and make your comments and views known by Christmas Eve
By December 8, 2019 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES NEWS: Check out the Axbridge Draft Neighbourhood Plan and make your comments and views known by Christmas Eve

The draft Axbridge Neighbourhood Plan is now available for you to have your say. December 24th, 2019, is the deadline for comments. The full draft plan is available to download at http://axbridgenp.co.uk/theplan Any comments or feedback should be sent to alan.wells9@btopenworld.com

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: A guide to the railway line back in 1899 when Axbridge had Petty Sessions in the Court House and it cost 2/- to visit Cheddar Caves
By December 7, 2019 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: A guide to the railway line back in 1899 when Axbridge had Petty Sessions in the Court House and it cost 2/- to visit Cheddar Caves

What was it like to visit the Strawberry Line in 1899? Using an 1899 guidebook Harry Mottram took a trip from Clevedon to Wells in a tweed Norfolk suit in search of Victorian Somerset. Cyclists should dismount when descending Cheddar Gorge and Clevedon is not condusive to bathing but does have smart shops. These and other useful […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Theatre Review: From monochrome to full colour and from ‘Bah Humbug’ to ‘Merry Christmas’, Bristol Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol combines music, movement and humour in a refreshingly creative take on Charles Dickens’ story of redemption
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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Theatre Review: From monochrome to full colour and from ‘Bah Humbug’ to ‘Merry Christmas’, Bristol Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol combines music, movement and humour in a refreshingly creative take on Charles Dickens’ story of redemption

A Christmas Carol. Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Bristol It’s a dark and dangerous world in Lee Lyford’s steam punk inspired musical version of Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol. A world where children die from preventable diseases, families go hungry and Scrooge’s deaf clerk Bob Cratchit could be summarily dismissed for signing the words ‘Happy […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – Theatre Review: A very different Snow White at the Tobacco Factory as she wears a poncho and meets seven mathematically challenged vegan woodland people (rather than dwarfs) – but her step-mother is definitely delightfully evil
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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – Theatre Review: A very different Snow White at the Tobacco Factory as she wears a poncho and meets seven mathematically challenged vegan woodland people (rather than dwarfs) – but her step-mother is definitely delightfully evil

Theatre Review: Snow White, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol Step into the alternative world of director Alex Byrne’s Snow White, where vegan woodland folk can’t count up to seven and mirrors sing the truth to you about your fading looks. A place where there are no dwarfs or glass coffins and the dark Bavarian forest is represented […]

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – FEATURE: memories of the Big Freeze in the winter of 1962/63 and when steam trains connected Wells and Banwell (and when naughty school boys could lark about in the compartment carriages)
By December 2, 2019 Read More →

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – FEATURE: memories of the Big Freeze in the winter of 1962/63 and when steam trains connected Wells and Banwell (and when naughty school boys could lark about in the compartment carriages)

An article in the Strawberry Line Times magazine by Harry Mottram a few years ago about the winter of 1962/63 triggered lots of memories from readers. Terry Watkins who now lives in Australia recalled how he used a jack hammer to break the ground when installing cables in trenches in the lawns of residents. He […]

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The age of the train is returning – the tickets today are highly expensive but new lines and stations are planned – will the original branch lines closed by Beeching reopen?
By November 30, 2019 Read More →

The age of the train is returning – the tickets today are highly expensive but new lines and stations are planned – will the original branch lines closed by Beeching reopen?

Infrastructure required Back in 2015 Harry Mottram mused the possible return of a new age of the train. Michael Portillo said one thing of interest in his BBC TV programme on the Strawberry Line. Standing in Yatton and looking down the cycle path he remarked that is was sad so many branch lines were closed […]

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