Appleford Halt in the 1950s
Courtesy of the Great Western Trust
Saturday 15th June 12:00noon - 4:00pm
The celebrations at Appleford were based at the recreation field, with a fantastic family fête.
The special 175 bus service stopped close to the entrance, with the station being only a 4 minute walk away.
There was no admission charge for this event.
To make sure you didn't miss a thing, a 16 page Appleford Fête information booklet was available to download or print . It contained a wealth of extra information including a site map so visitors could find their favourite stall, a programme of events and a short history describing Appleford and its links with the railway.
There were events especially for children:
- Children's Merry-go-Round and Bouncy Castle, Cliff Jump and a 24ft Helter Skelter
- Face painting, craft making and 'Brunel' stove pipe hat making competition with best hat prizes
- Children's painting class run by Appleford Arts
- Weaving workshop with hand looms from Sylva Foundation
- The opportunity to explore the local countryside with the Earth Trust at Wittenham Clumps
And events for everyone:
- Local beers, barbeque, sausage sizzle, Indian snacks, pizzas, teas, coffees, home-made cakes, ice creams, chocolate and popcorn, and much more to be enjoyed
- Preserved steam traction engines, and scale steam models to be admired
- Visitors could learn about the model railway building skills of the model layouts from Pendon Museum
- There was a fun dog show - 10 judged classes
- Dog obedience display from the Abingdon Dog Training Club
- Music from the Abbey Brass band
- Folk music and the Wolvercote Morris dancers
- An archery range
- Visitors could learn how to build an Anglo-Saxon house. The Sylva Foundation from Long Wittenham explained their timber framing courses and woodland conservation work
- Classic MG cars, vintage and modern tractors, Oxfordshire Fire and Police service vehicles
- Village stalls, tombola, bottle and raffles
- Stalls for vinyl records, pottery, dog accessories, toys, craft furnishings, books, plants, cakes, confectionary, paper arts, stationery and more
~~ Not one, but four steam trains passed by on their way between Oxford and Didcot ~~Newly returned to mainline service, GWR number 7029 Clun Castle passed by at 1:03pm, 5:37pm and 6:13pm, and the iconic locomotive 60103 Flying Scotsman (4472 in LNER days) passed at 6:30pm
Download or print the Appleford Fête information booklet
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Members of the public are reminded that the line through Appleford Station itself is very busy with fast trains passing throughout the day, so sensible care must be taken at all times to ensure one's own safety and that of others. Caution should be exercised by anyone visiting the station as it is only accessible from the road overbridge and there is no footpath.
Appleford Station is not suitable for wheelchair users as access onto each of the station platforms is by means of a steep flight of steps leading down from the main road.