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I thought I'd just do a quick update on where the New S&D now is, and what we hope to do in the next year.
Firstly we will be taking Midford on within a week or so, once the paperwork's been signed. Paul Beard is still negotiating with the council over Spetisbury. Right Lines 2 will be out in a week or so. The landholding, line building and train operating company, Wessex Links Ltd, is now set up. The charity will be set up over the next few days, which will take up the membership, fundraising, social activities etc, as well as retailing and promotion/lobbying for the route.
You may have been a member for a while, or perhaps not even joined yet (!), but if you haven't taken an active role up till now there will be lots of positions arising over the next year. Right Lines Editor, Membership Secretary, Press Officer, Fundraiser are some of the positions up for grabs. We'd also love business-minded people to join us on the board of Wessex Links Ltd, where the workload is far more commercially orientated. If interested in any of these positions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopefully by next year we will have published 'The Case for the S&D', contacted all councillors, MPs, businesses, media and other interested parties along the route, started rebuilding Midford and hopefully Spetisbury and be producing a quality A4 magazine, as well as operating sales/information stands at shows along the route.