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LINE GO? 4-5 One day it will be possible to cycle or walk the length of the path from Shepton Mallet to... er.... Wales.



Adv er tising F eatur e

Outstanding exam results complete Sidcot success

This year students at Sidcot School in Winscombe again achieved outstanding results in GCSEs with 92.5 per cent of students gaining a minimum of 5 A* to C grades and 43% were A* and A grades. Sixth formers achieved outstanding results in A Level and International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations with 100% pass rates. Fifty per cent of A Level grades awarded were A* and A, with 26% of students scoring straight A* and A grades while 89% achieved A to C.

Sidcot School’s new Headmaster Iain Kilpatrick said: “I am delighted with our results. Our excellent results across the board this year support our belief that the best learning environment is demanding without being pressurised. We already had one of the best regional performances in A Level results with a 100 per cent pass rate and double the national average for A* and A’s.”

There is an open morning at Sidcot School on Friday, September 21st at 9.30am. For more information please go to or call Valerie Kennedy, Admissions Registrar on 01934 845 212.

Pictured left are Sidcot students following the publication of their A Level results. Above, the school’s new Headmaster Iain Kilpatrick


Cycle chic. Looking fine along the line in practical but stylish cyclewear that you can buy locally


DAYS 6 Hugh Allsop takes a trip down memory lane to a time when school kids took the train

A quick guide to local events - see for a daily update of what’s on

Strawberry Line TIMES CONTENTS

Hello and welcome to the first issue of the Strawberry Line Times!

It’s where we celebrate the former railway, the new cyclepath (and its hoped for expansion), the communities along or near the path, life connected to the Strawberry Line District in general and interesting places and events in the region as well.

The Strawberry Line ran from Yatton to Wells - with branchline extensions to Clevedon, Wrington, Shepton Mallet and Cranmore, and from Wrington through to Blagdon. There were mainline connections to Bristol, Taunton, Weston-super-Mare and Exeter, with further connections to Glastonbury, Burnham-on-Sea, Highbridge and Bournemouth.

It’s a broad sweep across Somerset from east to west and from coast to the rolling Mendips - and much further afield as well. For readers the magazine retains a strong connection with the area and for our advertisers the appeal will be to bring a focus to an eclectic mixture of scattered communities both great and small.

We hope you enjoy this the first issue of the magazine with its daily

“a broad sweep of Somerset... and further afield”

updated blog at where you can find all the latest news, views, reviews and features. Do let us know what you think by emailing - and send your events and news to us so we can publish it online.

Until next time, have a good autumn and see you in November for issue number 2.

rom bikes to brides. Retail ideas from local stores and shops


THE RES 20-22 Amanda Cornwall finds a level walk for her wheel chair bound aunt - and discovers a couple of pubs.

THEN AND NOW 22 2 Strawberry Line Times September-October 2012 Strawberry Line Times September-October 2012

Photographic reflections of places that haven’t changed too much

Harry Mottram, editor For all enquiries contact: Harry Mottram

Tel: 07789 864769 Email: strawberrylinetimes@hotmail.


Strawberry Line Times is published by Harry Mottram trading as Strawberry Publishing.

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