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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: back in the day – the landlords and landladies of some of Bridgwater’s most celebrated pubs

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES Feature: back in the day – the landlords and landladies of some of Bridgwater’s most celebrated pubs

Looking back: memories of the Mariners’ Arms in Bridgwater. A feature written By Harry Mottram for the Bridgwater Mercury in April 2016. THE series of stories about the pubs of Bridgwater Band district inspired by the researcher Jane Penfold has prompted Trevor Crook to write in with memories of the Mariners’ Arms in Northgate, Bridgwater. He writes: “It […]

By December 31, 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

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 […]

By December 7, 2019 Read More →
Cheddar Reservoir: recent photographs of the magical scene at dawn in July as the waters greet the new day under the shadow of the Mendip Hills

Cheddar Reservoir: recent photographs of the magical scene at dawn in July as the waters greet the new day under the shadow of the Mendip Hills

Summer dawns on Somerset’s large strawberry shaped reservoir between Axbridge and Cheddar are often glorious affairs. Golden sunrises at around 5am are a particular feast as the 1930s reservoir acts as a mirror to the sky. Here a few images of the last few days in July 2019.

By August 2, 2019 Read More →
AXBRIDGE NEWS: the website for the 2020 Axbridge Pageant is now live

AXBRIDGE NEWS: the website for the 2020 Axbridge Pageant is now live

In 1963 the former Cheddar Valley Railway often called The Strawberry Line was closed after almost a century of use. A few years later the line above the town was turned into the bypass ending the traffic jams that had dogged the town for years. To celebrate a pageant was proposed to chart the town’s […]

By July 29, 2019 Read More →
Brilliant line-up for the next Axbridge Roxy Comedy Night on Friday, March 15th, book your tickets now!

Brilliant line-up for the next Axbridge Roxy Comedy Night on Friday, March 15th, book your tickets now!

Central Asia, Paignton, horrible children and Brexit are all on the agenda at the next Axbridge Roxy Comedy Night on Friday, March 15. The line-up includes a return of the former Soviet Republic of Tajikstan resident Firuz Ozari with his take on the English chat up line and the Taliban’s HR department. Poet and stand […]

By February 23, 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)

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 four 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 got married that year […]

By April 17, 2018 Read More →
STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – FEATURE: Liz Leyshon on the importance of keeping libraries open (as Somerset County Council tries to shut Cheddar Library)

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – FEATURE: Liz Leyshon on the importance of keeping libraries open (as Somerset County Council tries to shut Cheddar Library)

Why we must not close the book on the written word Liz Leyshon, the Liberal Democrat county councillor for Glastonbury and Street, discusses the importance of fighting for the future of the county’s libraries. H e re ’s a Somerset quiz question for the future. What did a Quaker hot bed of Victorian education have in […]

By February 22, 2018 Read More →
STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – NEWS (VIDEO): Behind the scenes with David Parkin – staging The Ladykillers in Axbridge – building a theatre, creating the house in Kings Cross and recycling the last set (all with the help of a chocolate biscuit or two)

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – NEWS (VIDEO): Behind the scenes with David Parkin – staging The Ladykillers in Axbridge – building a theatre, creating the house in Kings Cross and recycling the last set (all with the help of a chocolate biscuit or two)

When Axbridge Community Theatre staged The Ladykillers in the Town Hall in 2016 a team of talented folk worked behind the scenes to make it happen. This is the story of part of that team – the set designers and builders of Axbridge Community Theatre (ACT). The production was directed by Peter Honeyands and was […]

By February 18, 2018 Read More →
HARRY MOTTRAM FREELANCE – Humorous illustration for a quirky history of the Abbots of Glastonbury

HARRY MOTTRAM FREELANCE – Humorous illustration for a quirky history of the Abbots of Glastonbury

Humorous illustration for the Somerset Times for a quirky history feature on the Abbots of Glastonbury. Pencil and water colour. Harry’s illustrations and cartoons have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. If you would like more information contact him on harryfmottram@gmail.com

By February 1, 2018 Read More →
STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – NEWS: Specially for foodies – the date of the Next Axbridge Progressive Supper is confirmed (and if you go please don’t fall in a water filled ditch) 

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – NEWS: Specially for foodies – the date of the Next Axbridge Progressive Supper is confirmed (and if you go please don’t fall in a water filled ditch) 

This year’s annual fund raising Axbridge progressive supper will take place on Saturday, November 17. Last year the event attracted scores of couples from the town and nearby and raised £1,000 for the town’s pageant held every ten years. The Progressive Supper involves a three course meal eaten at three different locations. Participants either provide one […]

By January 22, 2018 Read More →
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