Town council has completed work on green corridor along old rail line

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GREEN AND PLEASANT: Pictures taken from the north end of the path, starting from Greenway Lane

Just recently the town council completed renovations to the cut through from Greenway Lane to Great Eastern Way along the bed of the old railway line which formerly linked the town to Wells.

I’ve no idea how much this green corridor is used but during term time it’s a convenient north to south walk of about fifteen minutes to end up at the Infant school. When I explored the territory from the southern end it was good to note that the rickety steps which used to link the path with Holt Road had been cordoned off. They were always a dangerous option, one of those ‘accidents waiting to happen’ jobs. From that point onwards the surface, about two metres in width, is much improved and firm enough for buggies and wheelchairs. The incline up to Greenway Lane has been eased by a zig zag ascent bordered by some stout fencing. There’s a gate at the top which exits on to a swathe of grass away from the main road. For refreshment purposes, the Hungry Horse pub is virtually opposite. Money for the project came from the county council’s Parish Partnership scheme which initially covered half the cost. At last month’s council meeting it was announced that the scheme would, in fact, be able to pay for the lot. With a further grant from the same source on the cards, it would be great if the remainder of the path down to its exit on Great Eastern Way could be improved as this tends to be muddy when it rains. Local contractors Haller Builders should be congratulated for their work in opening up this hidden passageway which, we must hope, will encourage more people to ‘take a stroll’ and leave the car at home.

Some years back the local branch of the British Heart Foundation hired the cinema in town for a one-off showing of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Some supporters turned up in period costume for this 1961 classic starring Audrey Hepburn, there were refreshments and a raffle and a generally good time was had by all. Plus helping to raise money for the charity, of course. Last month a similar occasion was staged to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music. I went along to join the nostalgics, only to realise that whilst I was very familiar with the score I’d never actually sat through the film before. Unlike just about everyone else I know. Anyway, the evening was a success and BHF secretary Jane Heppell was very pleased that it raised £375.

Talking of fund-raising, our parish church will be holding another of its book and jigsaw fayres on Saturday, August 15, from 9am until noon. These regular events are always popular and the quality of what’s on offer is excellent with plenty of new books at low prices along with the usual second-hand volumes. Entrance is free and refreshments will be available.