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OVER THE HILLS AND


FASHION SPECIAL PAGES 7-10 On location in Sandford


250,000 pairs of boots to fill


Are you looking for an exciting, rewarding career?


Did you know…


• 14% of businesses within the South West are in the land-based sector • A number of industries report that it is hard to fill roughly 25% of all jobs


• The land-based sector needs to attract over 250,000 new entrants over the next eight to ten years.


Bridgwater College’s Cannington Centre is based in Somerset and offers a wide range of courses for those who wish to progress in to a career in the land-based industries, including;


• Agriculture • Animal Care • Arboriculture


• Countryside Management


• Equine Studies


• Fish Management • Floristry • Horticulture


For more information call 01278 441234, visit www.bridgwater.ac.uk or scan the QR code to view our film...


2 Strawberry Line Times May 2013 Strawberry Line Times May 2013 FANCY A BIT OF


CHURRING? 13 Mice, voles, bats, eels: the natural world of YACWAG


CUTTING TIME 15 Gardening with Robin Pargeter


WHAT’S ON 16


Walks, theatre, meetings and jumble sales - don’t forget to check the website


HINKLEY C: A NEW


KLONDIKE? 20 Is nuclear power all about job creation or the future of energy?


END OF THE LINE 18 50 years on since it closed


FAR AWAY 5 The book that paints the high hills of the county and the Strawberry Line


Strawberry Line TIMES


If only the M5 hadn’t carved through the Strawberry line to Clevedon and building hadn’t been allowed on the rest of the track between Shepton Mallet and Axbridge we might be celebrating the reopening of the railway. In Scotland the Waverley line is reopening, Portishead could be reconnected to Bristol and there have been calls to reopen parts of the old S&D Line as politicians recognise the value


of branch lines. A half century has almost passed


by since the line closed and Britain is now a different land. The cycle path from Yatton to Clevedon is increasingly crowded on warm summer days. Today the Government plan new high speed rail links across the country and branch lines are


reopening - not so here. We have memories of the end of the Strawberry Line and a look back to the last days of the train.


Sandford is our location for the fashion shoot with its village


“We have memories of the end of the Strawberry Line in 1963”


shop, railway heritage centre and cider orchards. Plus of course its phone box (pictured)! There’s a look at the future energy sources for the area with Hinkley C being given the green light for construction. Plus we visit the world of YACWAG and their valuable work in encouraging wildlife to the district.


In the meantime - see you in June - when we’ll be in Blagdon. Harry Mottram, editor


For all enquiries contact the editor: Harry Mottram Tel: 07789 864769


Email: strawberrylinetimes@hotmail.co.uk; www.strawberrylinetimes.co.uk


Cover photo: Rupert Bridgwater. Model: India Heaslip. Gown: Bridal Boutique of Winscombe. Hair and make-up: Acutabove of Axbridge and Winscombe. Location: Sandford Station. Sandford Station is open at weekends, see http://sandfordstation.co.uk/.


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