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The delights of Midsomer Norton!

NRPS take a walk in the Park.....
Signs of an impending Autumn are in the air, and NRPS is looking forward to resuming weekly Zoom meetings and the planned programme from 2nd September. So, the Thursday evening walk this week was the last for a while, although there is still a demand for afternoon walks on a Wednesday when possible from club members free of work commitments.

Janice Cuer led a group of eight walkers with cameras on a leisurely stroll from the middle of Midsomer Norton through the town park, that finished for many with a refreshment break at Weatherspoons, and some reminiscing about when it was a cinema way back when…We never fail to learn something new on an NRPS walk!

Diverted through the skatepark by Jenny Short, who can never miss an opportunity for an action shot, we lingered for a while as skateboarders, scooters and mountain bikers strutted their stuff, and the youngsters clamoured for a photoshoot.

The Town Park is an absolute delight, and one of which the Town Council can be proud. Such a lovely open space with well-designed areas where the use of the local stone suggests an auditorium and provides steps to higher pastures! The season is definitely turning, and there were opportunities by the stream for close ups of flora and fauna as well as the odd dragonfly, and plenty of time to chat as well as take the odd break on a well-positioned bench or two as others caught up. We were not the only ones enjoying the space- joggers, cyclists and dog walkers abound here, and overhead balloonists were making the most of the late summer calm as the sun began to sink and we all struggled to place them on the rule of thirds!

It was yet another very pleasant evening with friends, that makes us determined to keep walking even as the weather deteriorates and the evenings draw in. Jill, Pamela, Diana, Dan and Bill were missing this week, for various reasons, and sadly our possible new member did not make the meet up as we had anticipated, but perhaps next time. We are all beginning to think of the photos to use next week as we “Show our Own” on Zoom, which ones to put forward the following week for the September Open Competition, and which to savour for the evening when we show off what the summer walks have produced. There is much to look forward to between now and Christmas!

Jenny Short 27.08.2021

The optional walk for those who can make it next Wednesday, 1st September ,will be in the afternoon and I propose a trip to the East Somerset Railway in Cranmore. They have a "Days Gone By" event over the Bank Holiday weekend, but on Wednesday it is their normal offering for a visit. There is obviously the old station, the signal box and the engine houses to photograph and there will be a couple of steam trains there operating too. There isa museum and a shop and also a cafe but everything is usually closed by about 4.30pm hence the early meet time. .

I wondered if we could meet in their car park BA 4 4QP at 1pm and go from there. Anyone wanting a train ride could take one,but obviously at a cost. Day ticket is £11 for the train ride (or there may be a concession for a group or OAPs not sure.) Two trains run in the afternoon -one at 2pm the other later and that returns at 4.15pm so the 2pm one would allow you to enjoy refreshments after, the other one won't ) The train goes a short distance passing one stop, West Cranmore, and stopping just short of Dobbies in SM where it is de-coup[led and you get off for a mooch before it then returns. If, on the return journey, you get off at the stop before the station starting point, that is where the engine sheds are, and then there is a footpath that follows the line back to the station.

Anyway , let me know if you can join me by say Tuesday 10am? The venue may well yield some good material for the Triptych competition coming up.

PS: I forgot to collect the £1 fee from some of those who went to MSN Park on 26th so will be looking for that next time i see you , as it was such a great kitty to build up for the day trips.