A mixer and barrows are now on site, a friendly gesture of the Broadway gang. We could do with some shovels still, and some plastic chairs or a scaffolding board to make a bench - we have to have our tea somewhere!
It looks now as if the first working day will be Monday or Friday next week, depending on what is most popular after the second site meeting.
Near to Hayles Abbey halt is a fruit farm, and the owner is one of our supporters. He explained that he used Hayles Abbey halt when it was open (prior to March 1960) in his schooldays. There was an early morning train with a couple of carriages and about 30 regulars on board. He would cycle down to the halt, padlock his bike to the railings and take the train down to Cheltenham Malvern road, together with other schoolchildren along the line. (we have heard similar stories from older residents of Broadway). The train would then continue to St. James.
The fruit farm felt that a re-opened halt would benefit their customers, many of which camp in the grounds, so they were quite for it.
More news will be posted when work starts.