All aboard

Photo by Rasen Mail

All aboard!

                                3rd-4th June                                          

We once again enjoyed 2 days as part of the Gardeners Market and Craft Fair arranged by Market Rasen Lions.  

                                                                                                   As usual, we had our 'pitch' in the Festival Hall and met a lot of lovely people. Some were interested in learning more about our work at the station and others happy to support us by making donations or purchases.

We also ran our miniature train set that attracted a lot of attention and visitors were invited to try and guess the correct number of beads carried in the train wagons. One lucky young lady won the 'William the Stationmaster' Teddy by guessing correctly.                                                                                                             

 A good couple of days where, by Sunday, we had also added £50 to our funds. Thanks to all our supporters.   



                                   A decade of dedication has turned Market Rasen’s once derelict railway platforms into an award winning welcome to the town. Ten years of Market Rasen Station Adoption Group (MRSAG) was celebrated at their recent annual general meeting. Brian Oxborrow has headed up the team of volunteers as chairman for the past three years and looked back on the work done since the group formed. “Things actually started a couple of years before that,” he said. “Martin Barnard started picking up litter on the platforms and then I offered my help. “We were then joined by John Skelton, who lived in the station house, and from their the Station Adoption Group was born.” The work started in earnest by removing the graffiti which had built up over years of neglect. Working with East Midlands Trains, the wooden waiting room was renovated and then flowers and art started to arrive. Their work did not go unnoticed and the awards started coming in. Now the group is held as an example to others as what can be achieved by a dedicated group of volunteers. “We have had an awful lot of help from various groups around town over the years and we couldn’t have done it without them,” said Mr Oxborrow. “We thank them all and all those who help us through sponsorship.” The station platforms are now adorned with planters, filled with seasonal flowers and shrubs, together with artwork created by local students and older artists. The platform also has a memorial to the crew of a Valiant plane, which crashed near the station in 1964. On the 50th anniversary of the crash, more than 200 people attended a service of commemoration, including 30 of the crew’s family. “It has been a lot of work, but we have had a lot of fun along the way,” added Mr Oxborrow, who has now finished his term of office as chairman. With the spring approaching, the volunteers will again be gearing up to get the planters set to bloom. MRSAG is always looking for more sponsors - and volunteers - to come forward.