46233 Duchess of Sutherland passing near Milborne Wick

A1 size Poster
Available for sale £5.00

45212 Black Five approaching Templecombe 22.03.2018

It's Your Neighbourhood

Friends of Templecombe Station
ACoRP 2019
Association of Community Rail Partnerships

It's Your Station

Friends of Templecombe Station
Templecombe Station 1983

Photo taken from the cab of a Crompton in April 1983, when it was hauling the MNLPS "Devon Belle" - the first ever enthusiasts charter of the VSOE Pullmans
Thursday 21st July 2022

On Thursday 21st July the Judges came to Templecombe Station

While waiting for the judges arrival on the 10:43 (running late) our FoTS were busy with some frantic final tidying. Every extra minute helped.
The 10:43 finally arrived and out they stepped, into the Templecombe morning sunshine.
Smiles all round while drinks and biscuits were offered inside the waiting room.
All appeared joyfull as the team of three explored the station and gardens which certainly looked a delight in the July morning sun. Members of FoTS explained the work in progress and areas of interest which included the statue "Tempus Fugit" forever telling us the time of day. Yes Tempus Fugit is a sun-dial.
The morning session appeared to go very well and the friends are sure to have picked up many points and hopefully points mean prizes.
Well done FoTS !!
Friday 15th April 2022

Lambs, Egg Hunt, Chicken Count and Refreshments

Great fun was had hunting the many eggs in the garden and counting the chickens. The three chicken counts nearest the actual total of 51, won an Easter Egg each. The first place winner was 100% spot-on with the count!

Cakes were lovely and plentiful. One box was even sent from afar and kindly handed over by the guard of a passing train.

The lambs who helped: April, Verity, Frankie and Whisper.

And the ewes: Xiamara and Winnie.

Cake, coffee and treats were plentiful.
FoTS received £142.00 in donations which will go towards the ongoing maintenance and garden planting.

We especially thank Blake and Beth Hastings for bringing along lambs from the Blanche Flock pedigree rare breed Dartmoor Greyfaces.

Great fun was had by all.
South Western Railway
Managing Director
Claire Mann

Saturday 29th January 2022

On Saturday 29th January Claire Mann, who joined SWR as managing director in March 2021 visited our station here in Templecombe.

It was a great pleasure to meet with Claire who shares our concerns and is working hard to improve on the recent decline in services, despite the many well publicised difficulties.

Claire was very impressed and complimentary of the work and efforts made by our station friends.

It was really good to see the managing director of SWR taking an real interest and visiting stations along the line, meeting staff and local people. And listening to what they had to say.

Claire Mann has emailed:
"It was an absolute pleasure to visit Templecombe and my brilliant team and such wonderful station friends. It has been a very challenging time over the past few months and we have battled with resources due to the Omicron variant of COVID which has in turn impacted on the services that we could provide along this vital line but I am pleased that we are going to reintroduce more services from 21st February. Meeting David and the station friends meant a lot to me and I am very grateful for all the support keeping our station looking so beautiful and promoting the railway. I look forward to coming back to visit again soon"

We look forward to a return visit in the not to distant future when hopefully the many difficulties of the past two years will be behind us.

15th December 2021

With Christmas once again thrown into disaray and our station fund-raising open-day cancelled, it was very good news that BVCRP (Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership) have, this morning visited all stations within the group, Tisbury to Crewkerne, and judged the festive displays. We now eagerly await the results.

Our Station Friends turned out with welcoming smiles to greet the judges as they embarked from the 10:25 Exeter bound train. Seeing what was happening passengers and staff aboard the train joined in with much waving and many smiles.
to £500.00

Monday 23rd August 2021

Following the steam train passing day, last Wednesday an email was received via the website "contact us" page:

Hi there

We are relatively new to Templecombe and have relocated here along with our business. We have been keeping ourselves updated with the goings on in Templecombe (thanks to FB and this website) and can see that it has, like many small villages, been adversely affected by COVID-19 in relation to fundraising opportunities.

As a small local business, it is one of our policies to support local worthy cause/s each year, as part of our philanthropy. This year as we have just moved to Templecombe and so we would like to direct this donation towards the Friends of Templecombe Station. We had the great privilege of seeing the steam trains from the bottom of our garden - twice! We also saw online, the tremendous effort that the organisers went to, in order to raise the much-needed funds and we also, in turn witnessed the resultant joy from the local community. We would therefore like to match the fundraising efforts made on this day and donate £250.00 to this very worthy cause.

The kind person/local business donating this wishes to remain anonymous. We are of course most grateful. This boosts the days fund-raising to a massive, badly needed and much appreciated £500.00 !!

We thank again, every-one who made a donation last week and hope our coffee and cake days can soon get back to a nearer normal schedule.


At Templecombe Station

18th AUGUST 2021.

6:00am to 5:15pm

It is with great pleasure that the Friends of Templecombe Station are able to host a coffee and Cakes Day. It's many months since the last fund-raising opportunity occurred.

The day will surely be an event not to miss. A steam train will be passing in both directions during the afternoon. The train is scheduled to pass at 1:03pm and again at 5:03pm.

The CLAN LINE 35028 Merchant Navy Class steam engine will be taking passengers from London Victoria to Sherborne where a memorial service will be held in honour of the late John Farrow.
The John Farrow Salute
Clan Line

Templecombe Station

Thursday 10st May 2021

Our ticketing officer extraordinaire will be leaving us on Saturday 19th June 2021.

Anne Dibble has served at Templecombe station for almost ten years and has contributed so much, and in so many ways, beyond her description of duties.

Anne's support and participation towards the "Friends of Templecombe Station" events and projects has been immense. Anne will be dearly missed by the Station Friends and the many customers she has gone the extra mile to help and assist.

Anne will be taking up a position nearer to her home at Sherborne station.

Anne says: "I have really enjoyed working here at Templecombe and will miss everyone travelling to and from the station. I will miss the Station Friends and all the wonderful coffee mornings and special events".

On behalf of the Friends of Templecombe Station and travelling customers, we wish Anne all the very best and thank her for her tremendous support over the last nine plus years.

The Steve Train
Now standing at platform 1

November 2020

Crafted by Steve Hood (FoTS Secretary) during Covid-19 lockdown. The train is all set to cary plants and flowers during the coming years. The loaded train will only be stopping here at Templecombe.

17th September 2020

At the National Rail Awards virtual ceremony on Thursday 17th September 2020 Templecombe Station was amongst the runners up for "Small Station of the Year".

A great achievement to be nominated for the award and as always the Friends of Templecombe Station have done a fantastic job. This is despite the frustations and restrictions brought about by coronavirus/covid-19.

More details from the cereomony will be included here as soon as they are available.

Meanwhile click below for a sound extract from the "Small Station" catagory.

Sound Clip from the 2020 NRA ceremony

8th August 2020

We have been notified that Templecombe Station is once again Shortlisted as "Best Station" at the National Rail Awards for 2020.

The award ceremony this year will be a VIRTUAL CEREMONY at 4pm on Thursday 17th September. The ceremony can be viewed live by registering at registration

The NRA judges, who are known for their rigorous approach, have applied the same forensic due diligence to this year’s entries (which have been close in number to that received in any normal year, despite the closing date being just days after the start of lockdown in March). Coronavirus restrictions were no match for their determination to award only the very best.

Christine Hillman (Chair of Friends of Templecombe Station) writes:
Please keep your fingers crossed for us all.

Thank you to Andrew Harrowell (Community Rail Manager) of SWR for putting an entry in for us.

Also thank you to our very own David Seares who copied all the pages from the Stations Comments Book and put them onto the Station page of his Templecombe Village website. I'm sure they must have looked at it. It would have helped, massively!!
National Rail Awards

Friends of Templecombe Station

Coronavirus / Covid-19

FoTS coffee mornings are suspended
until further notice

All soft furnishings, literature and FoTS fundraising sale items have been removed from the waiting room until SWR announce it is safe to return them.

Access to the up-platform for gardening and maintenance by FoTS members is suspended until SWR announce it is safe for activities to resume.
Sunday 10th May 2020

Each page of the 2016-2020 Customer Comments and Suggestions Book is now available to read here

Click image to open
6th February 2020

An email has been received via the website "contact us" page from Andy Holloay. It reads:

I've just passed through your lovely station on my way to London, 1450, and as always your station is looking beautiful in the early afternoon sunshine. It was lovely to see your volunteers busily gardening away and great credit may go to them for giving up their valuable time. Well done and please, please keep up the good work.

Thank you Andy, the volunteers love caring for the station and your comments are greatly appreciated.

Friday 1st May 2020

The flags have been placed in celebration of VE 75 Day, (Victory in Europe Day).

The flags will fly for one week before and one week after the 75th anniversary which is on Friday the 8th May 2020.
Christmas 2019

The Friends of Templecombe Station, provided refreshments for their passengers and visitors (tea, coffee, biscuits and the occasional cake) during the strike days throughout December 2019. Everyone showed their appreciation for their kind gesture by donating almost £300.00 in FOTS collection boxes.

Special thanks to Raif, Anne, Pete, Stephen and many other FOTS members for their support and hard work in holding these daily coffee mornings and also with other events throughout the year. But this really was an exceptional thing to do!

FOTS also raised £300.00 from their Christmas Raffle, a 'BIG' thank you to all those who donated prizes. The draw was held on the 17th December, following an all day Event culminating in the return of the "Christmas Carol" Steam Special from Sherborne headed by : LMS "CORONATION" Class 4 x 6 - 2 6233 "Duchess of Sutherland".

These receipts are greatly appreciated by the friends and users of the station. These funds will contribute greatly to further enhancements at our multi-award winning and much loved station."

Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership
Decoration Station
Christmas Competition 2019

7 Awards for
Friends of Templecombe Station

This year the BVCRP awards were presented at Templecombe station during the afternoon of Tuesday 17th December. The presentation took place after the 6233 Duchess of Sutherland
steamed through, pulling the Cathedrals Express. The train passed again on its return journey to London Victoria later in the afternoon. Caroline Rowland from BVCRP announced the winners.

Many teams and individuals had worked very hard at all stations from Tisbury to Crewkerne yet Templecombe and it's friends did extreemly well

Category Winner
Judges' Awards for 'Decorated Station" Competition
Frosty the snowman
Best Snowman or Woman
White Christmas
Most Outstanding Snowy Scene
Rocking around the Christmas Tree
Best Themed Christmas Tree
Polar Express
Most eye-catching Christmas Train
The Holly and the Ivy
Best Christmas Planter
It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Most Creative Christmas Feature
Yeovil Railway Centre
Santa Baby
Christmas Post Box
Deck the Halls
Most FDestive Booking Hall

Judges' Discretionary Awards of Recognition for
The Warmest Welcome Templecombe
Best Display in a Confined Space Sherborne
An Outstanding Steam Railway Experience at Christmas Yeovil Railway Centre

BVCRP Special Awards of Recognition for
Going above and beyond the Call of Duty Sarah Jay
Outstanding Effort in 2019 Gail Coleshill
Inspirational Customer Service during the rail action Raif Copley

Winner of the Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership Christmas Trophy 2019
THE MOST awards in our Decorated Station Christmas Competition


Open Awards Document

Saturday 7th December 2019

Our station friends are getting ready for


Coffee and festive snacks are available during the mornings to help ease the pain and inconvenience of the 27 day rail strikes.

The waiting room is wonderfully decorated (pictures to follow soon).

Today a 12 foot tree has been placed and decorated beside the footbridge.


Thursday 12th December
A Christmas Election Day festive coffee morning with all the trimmings. Watch out for Santa and our living snowman.

Tuesday 17th December
A Steaming afternoon: The Cathedrals Steam Express will pass through around 15:00 on its way to Sherborne and return around 18:00.

Our Santa and Snowman will be watching. Festive treats will abound. Not to be missed.

More station pictures and updates will be added during the coming days.

Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership
Autumn/Winter 2019 Newsletter

Click to open the full BVCRP Newsletter




The Friends of Templecombe Station can be very proud of another amazing achievement.

Awared at The National Rail Awards, Grosvenor House Hotel, London on Thursday 19th September 2019

Coffee Mornings

The coffee & cake is always free of charge but donations are most welcome
The money raised is used solely for improvements to our station by the volunteer members of FoTS

As illustrated here in our picture gallery
Friends of Templecombe Station
Friday 15th September 2018

Fantastic reward for the hardworking and dedicated volunteer members of "Friends of Templecombe Station"

The NATIONAL RAIL AWARDS 2018 ceremony was held at: Grosvenor Park Hotel, London on Thursday 13th September.

There are three awards within the catagory "BEST SMALL STATION". Templecombe has been awarded joint second place along with Great Missenden (Chiltern Line). Both Templecombe and Missenden are "Highly Commended". The first place has been awarded to Aberdour, Fife (ScotRail).

The competition is fierce across the entire UK and this is a huge achievement for Templecombe. Our station volunteers have now won many awards since the station re-opened in October 1983 following its closure in 1966.

Christine Hillman (FoTS) writes:
I am so proud of what the "Friends" have achieved, now and over the past few years. As you say we all work very hard to get the results that we do, and the awards that the group have won have been "Highly Deserved". They are a "Great Bunch of People" and good friends too.
We aren't handed lots of money from the "powers that be", we raise funds so that we can make Templecombe Station a better place to be, for all.

Anne Dibble (Ticketing Officer Extraordinaire) says:
I am delighted. I don't know what to say. Everyone works so hard. The judges came unexpectedly and the waiting room windows were smeary. I wish I had known they were coming.

Templecombe Village website congratulates our station friends.


Ongoing work during 2018. The badly worn and damaged fencing behind the up-platform is being renewed by the FoTS volunteer forkforce.
Each six foot section of fencing timber costs the group £55.00

Steaming through Templecombe
Thursday 08th March 2018

Black Five 45212 passing Templecombe Thursday 08th March 2018 (pics above).
Just after 6pm on the return (pics below).
Friends of Templecombe Station 27.06.18

This specially-commissioned illustration features preserved former Southern Railway express passenger locomotive "Clan Line" passing the iconic art-deco signalbox at Templecombe.

"Clan line" - the steam locomotive that hauls the famous Belmond British Pullman (formerly known as the Orient Express) and other charter trains - is 70 years old in 2018, whilst the Templecombe signalbox is 80 years old this year.

Many railway posters were produced in art-deco style from the 1930s through to the early 1950s. This brand new one has been designed by renowned art-deco illustrator Stephen Millership exclusively for the owners of "Clan Line", the Merchant Navy Locomotive Preservation Society (MNLPS).

Two different sizes are available:
A1 Size (23.4 x 33.1 inches) @ £5.00 each
A2 Size (16.5 x 23.4 inches) @ £3.50 each
50% of the profit for each poster goes to the Friends of Templecombe Station, and 50% to the MNLPS

Please e-mail Paul Blowfield (Secretary, Friends of Templecombe Station) at to order a copy (or leave a message on 07540 259065).

Free delivery in the Templecombe area, or pick-up at this station.

Tuesday 14th July 2018

Friends of Templecombe Station (FoTS) indulged us in a coffee and cake bonanza starting at 6:15 this morning.

Early visitors and travellers included Valerie Singleton. Valerie has added a comment to the visitor book but didn't leave any "Blue Peter" badges for the FoTS team to wear on their Hi-Viz jackets.

Hayward Burt, our SSDC councillor called in for an enjoyable chat and to catch up on FoTS activities. It's great to see our representatives taking an interest in things "Templecombe".

Caroline Rowland from the Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership (BVCRP) who lives locally came along with Andrew Ardley, Regional Development Manager for South Western Railway.. Caroline was keen for Andrew to see our station and the things FoTS get up to. Peter Hillman gave them a tour.

The group raised £85 in donations which will go towards extending the new fence behind the "up" platform. Another coffee morning is planned for Tuesday 11th September.
A dashing new uniform
For our ticketing officer extraordinaire
Saturday 6th April 2019

An early morning surprise was in store at Templecombe Station this week as our ticketing officer Anne was all fitted out in her very smart new SWR uniform.

Anne had decided to wear her neck tie as a cravat rather than tie it into an over complicated bow and it looked very smart indeed. The new colours were a joy.

Anne was keen to point ot the gold thread stitching along the button holes and the addition of a blue vertical line down the back which expanded into a pleat at the skirt.

It is understood the new uniform is now being rolled out to all customer facing staff on the line.

CHRISTMAS! Here it comes!

Preparations are underway for the Templecombe Station Christmas Party on Monday 17th December2018


Creepy Scary Fun was had at the station today
31st October 2018

The bacon butty and cake was top shelf

What's Next?


Or is it?

Original Sign Returns

The Templecombe nameboard has been donated to the Friends of Templecombe Station (FoTS) by Jim Milton.

Jim was one of the four in the working committee that was responsible for getting Templecombe Station re-opened in 1983. This nameboard would probably have been at the station from 1952 until closure in 1966 and is a British Railways Southern Region board.

To thank Jim for his very generous gift we are planting a Rose called "Darcey Bussell", in memory of his late Father, Harold who worked on the railway.

The Friends Of Templecombe Station were very pleased to announce that the re-painting of the footbridge was finished at 02:30am on Saturday 27th February 2016.

Friends of Templecombe Station
Tuesday 11.09.2018

At 6am on Tuesday morning members of FoTS were ready to serve coffee cake and exciting snacks to commuters and local residents who wished to drop in.

The Friends were later joined by Phil Dominey (Senior Regional Development Manager) and members of the South Western Railway management team along with Caroline Rowland from Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership (BVCRP).

Phil Dominey has worked his way up 'through the ranks' in the railway industry, and having once been a signalman at Templecombe he has a real soft spot for our station.

During the morning a working signalling maintenance team were invited to join us for a break and welcome refreshments.

The group raised £83 in donations which will go towards extending the new fence behind the "up" platform.

The next FoTS extravaganza is planned for Halloween on Wednesday 31st October.

Alight here for Wincanton and Stalbridge

- Click to open Network Rail advice -
16th July 2022

Salisbury To Exeter
Rail Users Group

28thJuly 2022

Supporting the stations of:
Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe, Sherborne, Yeovil Junction, Crewkerne, Axminster, Honiton, Feniton, Whimple, Cranbrook, Pinhoe, Exeter Central.

Well, our last newsletter was November 2021 and we have been working very hard to ensure our rail service is maintained and not cut. However, reduced timetables earlier this year and more recently, strikes and signal failures have not made life easy. In “Rail “magazine recently, Neil Robertson (National Skills Academy for Rail) said “The Treasury hates us”. It is so difficult to achieve a balance between what we read and what is real. Yes, we know our railway is heavily financed by Government (Treasury HMT) and we know that they want the industry to cut costs. But, like our colleagues in other user groups across the country, we think that the Government should act differently and encourage more people use the train. That would grow revenue and with such a heavily fixed cost base, would mean a better return for the taxpayer. It is also becoming clear that freight also offers many untapped opportunities to improve the bottom line.

SERUG’s aim is to lobby the Government, Network Rail, Train Operators and others to improve the passenger experience on this line.

SERUG website - Click here
SERUG Objectives - February 2021
SERUG News Letter (17) 2022 Summer
SERUG News Letter Back Copies

Salisbury To Exeter
Rail Users Group

28thJuly 2022

Supporting the stations of:
Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe, Sherborne, Yeovil Junction, Crewkerne, Axminster, Honiton, Feniton, Whimple, Cranbrook, Pinhoe, Exeter Central.

Well, our last newsletter was November 2021 and we have been working very hard to ensure our rail service is maintained and not cut. However, reduced timetables earlier this year and more recently, strikes and signal failures have not made life easy. In “Rail “magazine recently, Neil Robertson (National Skills Academy for Rail) said “The Treasury hates us”. It is so difficult to achieve a balance between what we read and what is real. Yes, we know our railway is heavily financed by Government (Treasury HMT) and we know that they want the industry to cut costs. But, like our colleagues in other user groups across the country, we think that the Government should act differently and encourage more people use the train. That would grow revenue and with such a heavily fixed cost base, would mean a better return for the taxpayer. It is also becoming clear that freight also offers many untapped opportunities to improve the bottom line.

SERUG s aim has traditionally been to lobby for longer term investment.

That is no longer the case. We need to get to first base and that means demanding the bare minimum of a reliable service NOW.

SERUG website - Click here
SERUG Objectives - February 2021
SERUG News Letter (17) 2022 Summer
SERUG News Letter Back Copies

Whistles through Templecombe
Saturday 2nd July 2022

At 11am Clan-Line 35028, pulling the Atlantic Coast Express (ACE) steamed through Templecombe.

Our Friends of Templecombe Station hosted a coffee morning with pllenty of excellent cake and grub available.

Despite the poor weather the event was very well attended and the friends raised a much appreciated total of £140.00 which will go towards the ongoing upkeep of the station area and gardens.
Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership
Summer 2022 Newsletter

I like this on page 27:

The magic of advertising on the website (thank you to David Seares, member of FOTS and owner of the website).

What a great day that was!
BVCRP Summer Newsletter
BVCRP Website

Stations In Bloom 2022
Tuesday 5th April 2022

The Friends of Templecombe Station will be entering Stations In Bloom this year.

If you would like to help out with gardening, painting and general maintenance please contact Peter or Chris Hillman.

Or just pop down to the station on any Thursday afternoon when members will be there to chat with.

Christine Hillman (Chair)
07484 277549
Peter Hillman (Treasurer)
07549 953808

Tuesday 8th March 2022

Today's coffee and cake morning is hoped to be the start of resuming the monthly fund-raiser for our station friends.

A great opportunity to come along for a chat if you are interested in joining the group. There is always plenty to do, with much variety including gardening, woodwork, painting or even making the tea!

Today the group raised a very welcome £95 which will be used towards future maintenance.

A big thank you every one who came along and to those who contributed the splendid array and variety of cake, including a chocolate brownie donation from Castle Garden Centre.

Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership
Decoration Station
Christmas Competition 2021

Best Festive Welcome for
Friends of Templecombe Station

The 2021 BVCRP awards were presented at Castle Gardens Garden Centre in Sherborne during the afternoon of Friday 11th February. Derek Beer from BVCRP announced the winners.

Teams and individuals had worked very hard at all stations from Tisbury to Crewkerne despite the difficulties brought about by COVID-19, especially the Omicron variant.

Category Winner
Judges' Awards for 'Decoration Station" Competition
For the Future Yeovil Junction
Best Effort in Challenging Times Gillingham Station
Best Festive Welcome Templecombe
Brightest Booking Hall Sherborne Station
Best Christmas Experience on the London Waterloo to Exeter Line Yeovil Railway Centre
Great Community Involvement Tisbury Station
Most Festive Station on the London Waterloo to Exeter Line
WINNER of the Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership Trophy for 2021
Crewkerne Station

Sunday 6th February 2022

The Friends of Templecombe Station mark the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne which falls on Sunday 6 February 2022.

This marks the date in 1952 when her father, King George VI, died unexpectedly when then Princess Elizabeth was just 25.

While this therefore meant that she became Queen, the event was met with a period of mourning, so her coronation didn’t come until later.

This is the first time a UK monarch has marked a platinum jubilee, and only a handful of leaders around the world have reached the milestone.
Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership
Christmas 2021 Newsletter

Friends of Templecombe Station
(Pages 10 & 11)

Cheery waves from Santa ‘shh don’t tell anyone who it is,’ David and his merry mate Stephen the Elf

Friends of Templecombe Station are renowned for their dedication to the station. Volunteers work hard throughout the year keeping the gardens and planters in good order. Templecombe has the longest curtilage on the line from London Waterloo to Exeter St David in Devon.
BVCRP Christmas Newsletter
BVCRP Website


November 2021

The Blackmore Vale Community Rail Partnership have made a short 3-minute film in partnership with local filmmaker, Alex Bowdrey.

The film was commissioned as a major Blackmore Vale CRP project, a part of their 'Go Green by Train' campaign to encourage potential railway passengers to visit the beautiful Blackmore Vale region. This was led by Derek Beer, chairman of the Blackmore Vale CRP and Dorset Council's shadow transport portfolio holder.

The film highlights our terrific Blackmore Vale line (Tisbury to Crewkerne). This of course includes Templecombe.

Scenic Rail have also included a dedicated page on their own website.
Watch the short film
Scenic Rail Webpage
BVCRP Website

Thursday 11th November 2021

RHS 2021 It's Your Neighbourhood

The Station Friends have achieved a Level 4 - Thriving

This is despite the many difficulties brought about by Covid-19 restrictions.

The RHS comments include:
The newly sustainably planted tubs and bench on the car park side provided an oasis in lockdown for people to sit.

Over the bridge (plans for repairing have started) work is continuing to clear away shrubs from the new fence. The roses and herbaceous planting and seasonal tubs are a welcome site for both residents and people on the trains passing through.

The shed for the groups tools has been repaired after a roof collapse and the posters along the buildings are striking.
Monday 1st November 2021

Our new noticeboard at the railway station has now been filled. And it looks splendid.
Local amateur artist, Milly Molineux created the illustrated map of Templecombe as a project during lockdown. The map of our village is surrounded by illustrations of local buildings and landmarks within the village.

The larger notice also contains details of interest about our village and The Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership (BVCRP), who made this possible.

click to open the illustrated map

Booklets, prints and postcards of Milly's work are available for sale at various places in the village, including Jasmine & Bay and Westcombe Stores. A percentage of proceeds is being donated to local causes.

We thank SWR and The Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership for the new Noticeboard and its content.

Tuesday 14th September 2021

An email with this picture has been sent from the contact-us page:

Just travelled thru Templecombe by train. Witnessed the efforts made to dress the station - well done and thank you; made my day seeing all the flowers and a neat platform.

Makes it all worth-while. The sender has been thanked and the email forwarded to the friends of the station.


Wednesday 18th August 2021

This has been the first fundraising opportunity in almost 18 months

With Clan Line 35028 passing Templecombe twice in one day, an open waiting room with plenty of tea and cake was arranged.

Having gone so long with no fundraising opportunities at all the friends are thrilled to be able to say today raised a badly needed £250 which will contribute towards the ongoing garden maintenance and the fence renovation project behind the up-platform.

The station friends thank everyone who came along and donated today: members of the local community and visitors who travelled far, some having long-standing village connections. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces again and the new.

FRIDAY 9th JULY 2021

British India Line 35018
The SR 4-6-2 Pacific Class Steam engine pulling a train from Victoria, London is scheduled to pass Templecombe at 13:03 on Friday.

The engine will stop for servicing at Yeovil Junction while the train is pulled on to Weymouth and back to Yoevil by diesel.

Sadly, due to current Covid-19 restrictions no FoTS session has been arranged but it will be worth popping down to the station or a nearby sight of the railway line for a look as this wonder speeds past.
Sunday 11th April 2021

The second of two matching benches has now been rejuvinated, using new timbers and fixings.

Somewhere comfy for the gardening friends to sit and watch the world go by while caring for the up-line gardens.

eMail from SWR
17th September 2020

Subject: Good Luck at the National Rail Awards

Dear all,

I wanted to wish you good luck ahead of the National Rail Awards this evening as you defend your title of Small Station of the year.

In the past year I know that you have all continued to make Templecombe a great station for our customers, with stunning flower displays. The work our community groups helps ensure our stations reflect their local communities.

Whichever way these awards go I hope you hard work at the station continues.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Hopwood
Interim Managing Director

South Western Railway
4th Floor, Southbank Central, 30 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9LQ

11th September 2020

Read: Hooked....
Read: The full August Journal

Thursday 27th September 2020

Claire Carter talks with FoTS secretary, Steve Hood, about the fothcoming National Rail Awards.

Radio BBC Somerset, Thursday morning, 27th September 2020

Click below to listen to the full interview.
Stephen Hood with Claire Carter

14th March 2020

Sometime between Thursday late afternoon and Saturday morning

Three benches have been taken from our station. They were all secured by bolts to the ground and the bolts have all been neatly cut. One was in front of the closed platform waiting room and the other two in front of the signal box.

If anyone saw or heard anything during this time please could they let me know or talk to Anne at the station.

The rail authorities have been contacted and so far no one is aware. We will be asking if cctv footage is available on Monday.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Monday 11th May 2020
It has now come to light that the missing benches have been relocated by SWR and are now in use at HOOK main line station.

1st June 2020

Two of our missing benches have been located and photographed at Hook mainline station on the downline platform.

The whereabouts of the third remains a mystery and still the railway companies have said nothing to our "Friends" or to local line management staff.


Tempus Fugit

No, this was not Adlestrop
although it was a hot June day
and the stop was unwonted
but there was no hiss of steam,

no meadowsweet or willow-herb.
What I saw was a single name – Templecombe,
a bee-busy bed of lavender and neatly clipped lawn
alongside the Waterloo Express.

Time had ceased to fly.
No one left and, indeed, no one came.
Only a bronze stationmaster
populated the bare platform

standing proud, one arm raised,
frozen in time, sculpted
in the act of ripping sheets
from his bronze-bound timetable

rendered obsolete by the digital display.
No sound could be heard,
not even a Somerset blackbird,
above the diesel engine thrum

and then the train juddered,
as if clearing its throat,
Time unfurled its wings
and Templecombe slid away.

Rosalind Adam

Rosalind Adam is a Leicester, UK, girl, born and bred. She is the author of three children’s books, including The Children’s Book of Richard III. Her poetry has been published in a number of anthologies and online sites. In 2018 she won the G. S. Fraser poetry prize and was awarded a distinction for her Masters in Creative Writing at The University of Leicester.

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Fund Raising
Saturday 20th October 2018

A successful and most enjoyable day at the Templecombe Remembered exhibition in the Sports and Social Club.

£152 was collected from sales of merchandise and donations.




Come and join us 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Thursday 31st October 2019

Plenty of halloween cake and scary fun was had at the station this halloween.

The witches of Templecombe were up and ready at 6:00am.

Cake, coffee and treats were plentiful.

Creepy crawlies came and went.

What ever Next?

Saturday 19th October 2019


This “jewel of the small stations”, as dubbed by the NRA judges, was highly commended in 2018 and has come back in 2019 to take the top trophy. Situated on the West of England Main Line, Templecombe station opened in 1860, only to be closed just over 100 years later in 1966. Local demand brought about its reopening in 1983 as a station that now serves about 114,000 passengers a year. Thanks to a partnership between South Western Railway and the Friends of Templecombe Station, 2018 was another year of surprises for the station, with further improvements to the extensive gardens. The ticket hall/waiting room is now in use as a centre for community activities, including a major Christmas party for passengers and the local community.
NRA - The Winners 2019
Rail Magazine

A Station Project
Thursday 20th June 2019

The aged door to what is believed to be an old "lamp store" has now been renovated. The frame was too far gone and a replacement has been made.

the Lamp Shed

Late summer 2018

Just Another Thursday
Thursday 30th May 2019

On Thursday afternoons FoTS members gather at the station and go about the tasks that make Templecombe station sepcial. On Thursday 30th Paul Blowfiled stopped by to photograph the action.

New members are always welcome so drop down on a Thursday afternoon, email or give Pete a call on 07549 953808.

Royal Horticultural Society Awards
South West - It's Your Neighbourhood

* * * Level 5 - OUTSTANDING * * *

It's Your Neighbourhood Assessment Form

Name & Area
Blackmore Vale Line Templecombe

Judge Lesley Jelleyman 26th July 2018


Areas of Achievement
The work carried out by the team, Anne, Peter, Raif, Michael, Rita, Francis, Christine, and Melvin is very impressive.
Three years ago the bridge (built in 1893 and moved to Templecombe in 1990)was repainted, and is a wonderful feature. It took 400 hours of volunteer time.
The garden restoration, new fence and waiting room are a testament to what cam be accomplished with dedication and hard work.
Money is raised by organising various events throughout the year, including Easter, Halloween and Christmas, branded merchandise and calendars.
The group have purchased a strimmer to help ease maintenance.
The new planters tidy up the northbound area and the team hope to open the area so that travellers have access to veg and herbs.
The garden is filled with an array o herbaceous, shrubs and annual planting.
Areas for Development
It is a shame that the wonderful garden on the southbound side of the station cannot be accessed and physically enjoyed by travellers and the residents of Templecombe on a regular basis. Now that Templecombe has a Bloom group, who have started to tidy up the village, you might consider finding a spot in the village to create a 'satellite station garden'. This would create space not only to be enjoyed by everyone but could be used as a space for promotion and fundraising. The knowledge and skills of the Friends group combined with the residents of Templecombe have the potential to create something very special.

Level Description Points
Level 1 Establishing 0-35
Level 2 Improving 36-52
Level 3 Advancing 53-68
Level 4 Thriving 69-85
Level 5 Outstanding 86-100
More Than Just Coffee
Coffee Morning - Tuesday 04.06.2019

Another surprise was in store at the June Coffee Morning.

Members had been up early preparing a model dispay of Sir Arthur Heywood built estate railways.

Henry Greenly and Bassett-Lowke designed and built miniature railways to the same 15inch gauge and their work can still be seen in many seaside resorts and pleasure grounds in the UK and even on the Continent.

The Victorian, Edwardian and modern figures are readily available in the same 1/12 scale in the Dolls House market/hobby.

Thursday 9th May 2019

Andy Bennett who hosts the daily radio show between 1pm and 4pm on BBC Somerset (95.5FM) visited Templecombe recently and recorded a series of interviews.

At the railway station Andy met Christine Hillman, chair of "Friends of Templecombe Station".

Dressed in HiViz, Andy was given a tour of our station while its unusual history was explained.
Andy, intrigued by the voluntary work carried out by the "Friends", had many questions and Christine was delighted to be able to show our multi prize-winning station in the very good light it deserves.

Click below to listen to the interview.

Christine Hillman at the station

Tempus Fugit

At Templecombe railway station. Tempus Fugit (Time Flies), is both a sculpture and sundial. The bronze statue is of a railwayman consulting the British Rail timetable, some of the pages of which have blown away and landed on the grass.

The statue forms the gnomon (part of a sundial that casts a shadow) of the sundial; the pages on the ground mark the hours.

The Hour markers
have recently been rejuvinated (summer 2018).

Bench Restoration October 2018

Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership
Decoration Station Christmas Competition 2018

The awards were presented at Templecombe Station during the afternoon of Thursday 20th December. The event was attended by representatives from the various volunteer station groups along the line from Tisbury to Crewkerne. The judges made the presentations.

The competition was fierce but well spirited. Many teams and individuals had worked very hard and imaginatively to enhance our stations for the festivities along the line.

Templecombe scored very well indeed.

Category Winner
Best Christmas Feature Yeovil Railway Centre
Scenic Railway - Ritziest Train Yeovil Railway Centre
Star of Wonder
Most orininal use of a Christmas Star
Yeovil Railway Centre
Most Captivating Christmas Tree Crewkerne
Coolest Santa Templecombe
Deck the Halls
Best Christmas Wreath or Garland
Winter Wonderland Most Imaginative Window or Table Scene Templecombe
Finest Hand-Cratfted Christmas Decoration Gillingham
Most Festive Booking Hall Templecombe
Best External Christmas Lighting Display Templecombe
Award of Recognition For
Outstanding Effort in 2018
Anne Dibble

And if that wasn't enough. A Bullied Pacific Merchant Navy Class No: 35028 "Clan Line" came steaming through, hauling the Sherborne Carols Express.



FoTS on Facebook.


For more information about the Friends or about joining the Friends please contact either Christine or Peter.

New friends are always welcome and there is plenty of involvement for all interests.
Christine Hillman (Chair)
07484 277549
Peter Hillman (Treasurer)
07549 953808

South Western Railway

from the station waiting room

Salisbury to Exeter Rail Users Group

Community Rail Partnership

Blackmore Vale Line


6th March 1966 was a sad day for the village of Templecombe, for on this day the last trains ran on the famous Somerset & Dorset line from Bath (Green Park) to Bournemouth via Templecombe, and the station was also closed to all services on the main route from London and Salisbury to Yeovil and the West Country. It is difficult to believe nowadays that at its peak around 500 people were employed by British Railways at Templecombe in various tasks ranging from station and booking office personnel, goods yard shunters, clerks, signallers, track maintenance staff, engine drivers and firemen, engineers, loco maintenance fitters, cleaners etc. etc.

For the next 17 years all trains on our line passed through Templecombe without stopping. The station buildings - other than the 1938 signal box - were demolished in the late 60s, much of the route was reduced to single track and the station slowly slipped into history ...........

However, the residents of Templecombe did not want to lose their train services so readily, and thanks to the tireless efforts of the 'Templecombe Station Working Committee' and local councillors, plus welcome support from the local B.R. Area Management team, the station was re-opened on 3rd October 1983.

Templecombe station today is unrecognisable from that which existed in 1966. But despite being vastly reduced in size and ambience it nowadays has a better service than at any time in its history, though sadly you will never again be able to travel directly from here to Bath or Bournemouth.

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The 'Friends of Templecombe Station' was formed in 2012 - superceding the 'Templecombe Station Support Group' - to carry on and develop the task of looking after the gardens and, more recently, the redundant signal box and waiting room on the former up-side platform, plus the general environs of the current station. Members of 'FoTS' are drawn from all sections of the local community, and enjoy an excellent working relationship with the management and staff of South Western Railway (previously South West Trains) and Network Rail.

In recent times to help with the maintenance of the gardens and buildings 'FoTS' have been given, or loaned, a variety of tools. Manual labour is the norm - spades, forks, secateurs and shears, saws and screwdrivers etc, though we do have a petrol motor mower, kindly provided by the Parish Council. We do it for the enjoyment and satisfaction, and there is excellent camaraderie between all members, both at work and outside.

Commencing in 2015 'FoTS' have undertaken considerable work on the preservation and exterior renovation of the now-redundant 1938 art-deco signal box (including providing the new hand-crafted nameboard) and have repainted the 1980s waiting room in former Southern Railway Buckingham Green and cream livery. After much lobbying it was agreed by the then SWT and Network Rail management that the 19th century cast iron footbridge (originally situated at Buxted station in East Sussex, and moved to Templecombe in 1990) could be repainted similarly in historic Southern livery. Much of the preparation and painting was carried out by 'FoTS' members, as part of a unique joint project between the 'Friends of Templecombe Station', South West Trains management and Bagnalls the Network Rail contractor.

In 2016, all this hard work was recognised when Templecombe was awarded First Prize in the 'Best Small Station' category of the National Rail awards. We entered Templecombe again in 2017 and despite there being an increase in entries we were delighted to reach the final three, and were 'Highly Commended'.

Templecombe has joined up with other station groups on the line to form the Blackmore Vale Community Rail Partnership ( plus Templecombe is represented on the committee of the Salisbury to Exeter Rail Users Group (SERUG - which lobbies through Railfuture ( for the continuation of investment and improvements in rail services locally and nationally.

Since formation, 'FoTS' main source of income has been from the sale of a limited-edition, specially-produced calendar, which have usually been printed by Thales Underwater Systems Ltd at Templecombe. We undertake the production work, and supply of photographs, whilst Thales have printed them for us free-of-charge, for which we are most grateful. Whilst there isn't one for 2017, a 2018 edition is in the planning stage.


New members are very welcome, and it's absolutely free! Don't worry if you're not a gardener; this is a good place to start if you want to try your hand at gardening, and most of us have learnt by trial and error. We also need people who could help with the watering, grass cutting, litter pick-ups, assist with the upkeep of the former station buildings, administration, arranging outings and help us to develop our Facebook Page. So if you would like to join the team and make a contribution to keeping the station in award-winning condition we will always be able to find something to interest you.

Telephone : 01963 370279 ('FoTS' inquiries only) E-mail :

'Friends of Templecombe Station' are a group of individuals who are entirely independent of South Western Railway or Network Rail.
Ghost Train

Resurrected the lost Somerset & Dorset railway from Bath Green Park to Templecombe.
Have you got your ticket?

The time travel artist: James Fox
Watch Ghost Train
Bath Green to Templecombe

A group of FoTS in the waiting room
March 2018


Duchess of Sutherland 6233 Passing Templecombe
17th December 2019


Clan Line 35028 with Sherborne Christmas Carols Express Passing Templecombe 20th December 2018


The Station That Refused To Die


The Reopening
This is the story of how Templecombe Station came to re-open in 1983


The Devon Bell
2nd April 2016


LMS Black 5 Shakes Templecombe
Thursday 22.03.2018

A few pictures from our day at the station

34067 Tangmere
16th December 2014


Spooky Goings On Down At Templecombe Station
Halloween - Wednesday 31.10.2018


Rail Ale Away To Guildford
November 2017


Steam at Salisbury
Mid 1960's

Templecombe Station at 125 years
back in 1985

On 7th May 1860 the line from Gillinham to Sherborne was opened and a new name added to the railway maps - Templecombe
This was celebrated 125 years later in 1985, less than two years since the station was re-opened on 3rd October 1983.

Click any image to open and read

Click to open booklet
Blackmore Vale Magazine
11th May 1985
Western Gazette
8th March 1985

Rail News
June 1985

The Western Gazette
10th May 1985

Blackmore Vale Magazine
April 1985