Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Sunday, April 25, 2010
The committee and Debs who took the minutes.
Members present on the big day.
Spetisbury immediately after the meeting.
The third New S&D meeting was momentous, with three major landmarks being passed.
The setting up of the limited company - Wessex Links Ltd - who will purchase sections of trackbed etc, and eventually build and operate sections/all of the route.
The setting up of a charity - the New Somerset and Dorset Railway - which will cover fundraising and membership.
The agreement to purchase Midford from Laurence Skinnerton, which will happen as soon as the limited company details are received, which should be a week or so. This will give us our northern base, providing other interested parties are agreeable, the station and other infrastructure will be rebuilt and this will then serve as an information centre, office and shop for the New S&D.
After the meeting a lot of us went to Spetisbury which hopefully this year will become the southern base, with the same commitment to rebuild the infrastructure and set up a second information centre, office and shop.
From now the New S&D is not just a serious player locally but also nationally, being the first properly incorporated sustainable railway charity and business, no doubt the first of hundreds that will spring up as a reaction to the energy supply and affordability problems that are even now beginning to ear their ugly heads.