6th, 7th June 2015

First off is an update to last weeks blog. I wasn’t informed that further work on the push rods for the new bracket signal had been done and the clevis joints fitted.
You will be pleased to hear we all had an excellent time in Devon, and all came back refreshed. Good job too, as next weekend is 60’s weekend with live music and a real ale bar at the station, so it’s all got to be set up this weekend! Saturday dawned bright but windy, which always makes putting up the marquee and beer tents ‘interesting’. First up though was dealing with the jungle – aka the grass which had bolted up. The paddock, gardens, yard entrance and road sides all had to be cut and/or strimmed. With the grass done and the picnic tables moved, we could get the marquees up. Trying to erect them without them blowing away can be taxing at times! However by close of play they were both up and well tied down.
Today has been a matter of getting the bar units moved into place, the stage brought out from store ready for installation and all the miscellaneous bits and pieces found ready for next weekend. The new store in the corner of the paddock, for keeping a pair of NER platform trolleys under cover, now sports its recycled corrugated iron roof. The sides could well go on next weekend whilst we listen to the 60’s music.
Oh, it’s also been Alex’s 5th birthday party, at the station, with lots of his friends down for the day. A certain amount of preparation was required yesterday and today to get the garden ready for the ‘invasion’. I’m happy to say it all went off well and the chocolate fountain certainly covered everyone in yummy dessert!
Weighbridge Teas had another good weekend with ice creams going down well in the warm weather. They have also been getting ready for next weekend, preparing the Tea Hut in the paddock as well as planning what extra goodies they will need to keep all the music lovers well fed.
Don’t forget that parking is very limited here so you are strongly recommended to come by train. Your train ticket gets you into the event for free, but if you come by car there is a £5 per person entrance fee.

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