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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

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 →
AXBRIDGE NEWS: a report on the funeral service for Wendy Mace (with bitter sweet stories, great speeches and the day one of Axbridge’s finest was remembered)

AXBRIDGE NEWS: a report on the funeral service for Wendy Mace (with bitter sweet stories, great speeches and the day one of Axbridge’s finest was remembered)

Harry Mottram reports on the funeral service for the bon vivant Wendy Mace of Axbridge who (along with her husband Robin) were part of the ‘greatest sitcom the 1970s never made.’ Sun light streamed through the stained glass windows of St John the Baptist parish church in Axbridge, in Somerset, lighting up the sandstone a […]

By March 7, 2018 Read More →
STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – NEWS (VIDEO) when snow fell on the first day of spring and turned Axbridge white (and perishingly cold)

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – NEWS (VIDEO) when snow fell on the first day of spring and turned Axbridge white (and perishingly cold)

It may have officially been the first day of Spring but on Thursday March 1st, 2018, snow began to fall in Axbridge in the afternoon. The weather had been icy cold for days and the forecast had predicted Storm Emma would bring warmer but snowy weather as it moved up from the south. Across Devon, […]

By March 2, 2018 Read More →
STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – NEWS – Axbridge Civic Service 2018 by Vicky Brice, town clerk for the town

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – NEWS – Axbridge Civic Service 2018 by Vicky Brice, town clerk for the town

Axbridge Civic Service Sunday 25th February 2018 The sun shone brightly, and the church bells rang out, on Sunday afternoon as the community of Axbridge celebrated it’s 8th Civic Service in St John The Baptist Church and presented awards to three very special residents. Town Crier, Nigel Scott announced the Mayoral Party which included the […]

By February 27, 2018 Read More →
RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE – FEATURE: The art of the conman – in Rome amongst the tourists and in a hamlet in Somerset

RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE – FEATURE: The art of the conman – in Rome amongst the tourists and in a hamlet in Somerset

You’d think a village in Somerset would be the last place Italian con men would operate in – but the other day Harry Mottram almost fell for a scam that is more common to the streets of Rome than Cross near Axbridge. I was crossing the road to the New Inn at Cross to deliver […]

By February 27, 2018 Read More →
STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – FEATURE: the scandal of why the Strawberry Line Railway was closed back in the 1960s (and the extraordinary last ever passenger service along the line)

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – FEATURE: the scandal of why the Strawberry Line Railway was closed back in the 1960s (and the extraordinary last ever passenger service along the line)

  It’s more than 50 years ago since the Strawberry Line was closed by the infamous Beeching axe writes Harry Mottram. A regrettable and wholly unnecessary act of industrial vandalism. Now the line is partly a forgotten and overgrown track and partly a walkway and cycle path. It’s slowly being rediscovered by a new generation who […]

By February 23, 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 →
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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