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TransWilts CRP - walking in Melksham Carnival

Well ... I've not seen anything like it. Several dozen of us - TransWilts Community Rail Partnership and friends (Friends of Bristol Suburban railways of special note) walked in the Melksham Carival Parade yesterday, themed on "things you can take on a train". We had pushchair, bicycle, luggage, backpacks, a gentleman in a wheelchair, stroller, dogs, and people from toddlers asleep through to senior citizens. As we walked through the crowded streets, we handed out leaflets with TransWilts train timetables to inform people of their station and train service which is effectively new this year.



I have walked in the parade before, and handed out community leaflets before. What I had NOT seen before was the enthusiasm which which the lealfets were snapped up. There's a natural "no thank you" to yet another leaflet at events like this, and people naturally keep quiet when you shout at a group "would anyone here like a leaflet ...". But that didn't happen yesterday - the "no thank you" turned rapidly to "yes please" and with more hands going our from neighbouring parties on the pavement too. And shouting to crowds in pub garden, on grassy bands and deep on some corners "would anyone", hands went out and a bundle of leaflets was passed around - "take one and pass them around for me" style.



We started with around 1900 leaflets ... had probably less than 100 left by the end of the walk. Effective? Absolutely. Bright leaflets grasped in hand and read as they were taken, and very VERY few of "ours" dropped in the street confetti left afterswards; we picked up perhaps five on the half mile at the end of the route where the parade route doubles back over the section that starts out really crowded.



At the end of the walk ... an opportunity for a quick drink at the Unicorn before we headed back to the station, for all those in our group who didn't actually live in Melksham to catch the 20:02. Around 30 people got on that train, some 15 to 20 from our group. Six or seven people got off, and there were a couple of dozen through passengers. The one coach train looked "NESTing" - Nearly Every Seat Taken - as it pulled out and that's just perfect and what our day and promotion is all about.


 


Here's another of the floats - the Pig and Whistle. Wow - fantastic - but really one of the things we missed in walking was seeing all the great entries. We were trivial / casual / there for a purpose. They put so much in!


(written 2014-07-13)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
Z406 - TransWilts Community Rail Partnership
  [3881] Wiltshire Public Transport User Group co-ordination - (2012-10-05)
  [3986] Rail services in Wiltshire - up in the air? We need to say what is best required. - (2013-01-20)
  [4142] Passenger survey at Chippenham - report and pictures - (2013-07-24)
  [4148] Special General Meeting, Adoption of Constitution for TransWilts Community Rail Partnership - (2013-08-01)
  [4160] Bank Holiday Monday - pictures of a great train trip to Weymouth - (2013-08-27)
  [4163] TransWilts Community Rail Partnership - formally constituted - (2013-09-01)
  [4191] Getting people to and from Melksham Station - not 20 but 700 times a day - (2013-10-12)
  [4194] TransWilts Link - meeting notes from 19th October - (2013-10-20)
  [4196] Official - Trowbridge and Melksham to London train improvements - (2013-10-22)
  [4198] New trains for 2014 - Swindon to Westbury. Meetings Melksham, Swindon, Trowbridge, Chippenham and Westbury - (2013-10-24)
  [4218] A THANK YOU to those who have brought the new train service to fruition - (2013-12-06)
  [4219] TransWilts train services - up from 2 to 8 per day - (2013-12-09)
  [4225] Melksham Resident? Commuter? Save yourself 2000 pounds and 100 hours in 2014, and have a better journey! - (2013-12-20)
  [4229] Thin end of the wedge - plan to be thicker in 2014 - (2013-12-26)
  [4243] Taking Greyhounds and Lurchers to London for the day - (2014-02-23)
  [4284] Talk and walk to promote train service - Melksham Carnival - (2014-07-11)
  [4288] Some questions on how our Community Rail Partnership works - (2014-07-13)
  [4291] Train Online article - ACoRP / TransWilts introduction - (2014-07-25)
  [4309] Even in the dark of night, the train comes bearing passengers - (2014-09-28)
  [4313] Moving community rail support from amateur to professional - (2014-11-16)
  [4328] Folk music train, Westbury to Swindon round trip, 14th December 2014 - (2014-11-24)
  [4343] Politics and the railway the connects Wiltshire - (2014-12-06)
  [4351] A little thing can make a big difference - (2014-12-13)
  [4353] Celebration pictures, year 1 - (2014-12-15)
  [4362] What a difference a year makes - (2014-12-23)
  [4371] Why are people using the TransWilts? - (2014-12-29)
  [4397] TransWilts / Press and Publicity report for AGM / 30th January 2015 - (2015-01-17)
  [4424] Looking Forward - TransWilts Community Rail Partnership and TransWilts CIC - (2015-02-12)
  [4435] Images of our rail promotion campaign - (2015-02-21)
  [4463] Rail Conference, Nottingham - (2015-03-16)
  [4467] Neighbourhood Plan - travel and transport thoughts - (2015-03-29)
  [4494] Monday to Friday / TransWilts train times from 18 May to 11th December 2015 - (2015-05-17)
  [4497] Around the world from Melksham - (2015-05-25)
  [4500] The TransWilts Community Intergrated Transport Corridor - (2015-05-29)
  [4510] Learning from the others - Community Rail - (2015-07-12)
  [4512] The Weymouth Wizard - Saturdays in August from Wiltshire - (2015-07-31)
  [4513] Yesterday, Weymouth - (2015-08-02)
  [4568] Moderation - and the tendency to over-moderate - (2015-11-02)
  [4601] Management view - TransWilts and transport at the end of 2015 - (2015-12-25)
  [4612] TransWilts - robust these days - no longer the first service to be cancelled - (2016-01-03)
  [4638] TransWilts Community Interest Company AGM - 13 Feb 2016, Swindon - (2016-02-05)
  [4647] On the problems of a printed train timetable - (2016-02-15)
  [4688] Melksham Station - as at May 2016 - Part 5 (services and prices) - (2016-05-30)
  [4695] Melksham Rail Development Group becoming Melksham Rail Users Group - (2016-06-21)
  [4704] Three months in community rail pictures - (2016-08-27)
  [4706] Melksham trial train service is to be made permanent - (2016-10-02)
  [4726] TransWilts Partner Update for Melksham Area Board - (2016-11-07)
  [4739] A year of changes for Lisa and Graham Ellis, and Well House - (2017-05-27)

Z212 - Public Holidays and festivals
  [30] Bank Holiday - (2004-08-27)
  [35] Autumn arrives right on time - (2004-09-01)
  [131] Thanksgiving dinner - (2004-11-26)
  [429] Charlie on Monday - (2005-08-30)
  [637] Carnival - (2006-03-07)
  [1209] Where did the Bank Holiday go? - (2007-05-29)
  [1269] Party in the Park - review - (2007-07-17)
  [1540] Chinese New Year - (2008-02-15)
  [1631] Looking back through some photos - (2008-05-04)
  [1770] 3 hours from Milton Keynes - (2008-08-24)
  [2297] Standing on the corner, Melksham Carnival - (2009-07-19)
  [2298] Melksham Carnival Parade - the people - (2009-07-19)
  [2498] Remembrance Sunday 2009, Melksham - (2009-11-08)
  [2656] Melksham Carnival - (2010-02-28)
  [2671] Melksham - Carnival, Party in the Park, and Spot the Oddity - (2010-03-11)
  [2875] A long day in Melksham ... - (2010-07-17)
  [3062] Melksham Carnival - getting ready for 2011 - (2010-11-20)
  [3191] Date of the Census (which month and day?) - (2011-03-03)
  [3207] Lambing at Lackham - (2011-03-19)
  [3360] Melksham Carnival, 2011 - pictures - (2011-07-17)
  [3513] Olympic Torch - dates and places in Wiltshire in 2012 - (2011-11-08)
  [4120] American Circus in Melksham - (2013-06-22)
  [4140] Riots in Melksham - (2013-07-13)
  [4141] My pictures of Melksham Carnival, 13th July 2013 - (2013-07-14)


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