SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY Sponsored Walk 2014
|Ted Parrott addresses the walkers before the trek to Buckfastleigh||Photo © JBrodribb 2014|
On the evening of 09th August 2014 a Sponsored Walk was held to raise funds for the SDRT Museum Support Group and the Buckfastleigh Station Group, with a donation also going to the Staverton Preservation Group. Just over 20 people took part in the walk from Totnes Littlehempston station to Buckfastleigh station, with a break for refreshments at Staverton, where the SPG had specially opened their new cafe coach for the occasion. Walkers were a wide cross-section of people from all parts of the railway and members of the local community. Probably the most notable walkers were Pete Small and Martha the Canadian long-eared owl. The walk was a great opportunity to see the line from an unusual viewpoint; photos are included of the new cutting back at Hood Bridge, the chair and tea table for gnomes on the long straight down from Caddaford, and of Ted Parrott with a local resident at Napper’s Crossing.
|Pete Small and Martha the | Ted Parrott and friend |
Canadian long-eared owl |
|Staverton Station – almost half way|
|Hood Bridge||“Anyone for tea ?”|
|Buckfastleigh – made it !||The reward is a barbecue|
|Photo © JBrodribb 2014|
Barbara Parratt walked the entire line to provide first aid cover, and thankfully her services were not needed. The Buckfastleigh Station Group, in the shape of Kevin Hendry, Steam Railway magazine star Chris Fitch, Dave and Enid Ellis provided a magnificent barbecue for everyone on their return, with cakes and trifle by Sue Parratt.
Very many thanks to everyone involved with the event – we’ll publish an update with the amount raised as soon as we know the figure.