Friday 6 December 2019

Santa Parade and Community Get Together

at the Community Centre, Poole Road, Upton

click here for map showing Santa stops

followed by festive get-together

at 7 pm at the Community Centre

Welcome by

The Mayor, Cllr Mrs June Richards

7.00 pm

Lytchett Minster School Jazz Band

7.40 pm

Upton Infants and Junior Schools combined choir 

8.00 pm

Christmas Message - Rev Hilary Bond 

followed by community carols

accompanied by Curly 

                                                                         6   Away In A Manger 

                                                                         10  Hark the Herald Angels Sing 

                                                                         19  Once in Royal David's City

                                                                         21  We Three Kings 

*  Christmas Raffle  *

*  Refreshments  *



South Western Railway Industrial Action 


The following information has been received from South West trains

The RMT union has called 28 days of strike action which will disrupt our train services throughout December.  The action is due to commence on 2 December and last until the New Year.

I very much hope we can avoid the strikes happening at all and we're still open to discussions with the RMT. 

However, we are working very hard planning for how we keep our passengers moving if the strikes do go ahead.

This dispute centres around the role of guards on SWR's trains.  We have publicly promised that there will always be guards on our trains, helping deliver the train service passengers need and want, and that our guards will have a safety critical role. 

All we're asking is that our guards work with us to bring in our new trains, which our estimates show culd mean over 10 million more passenger journeys arrive on-time in peak hours every year. 

We still hope these promises will help avoid strike action.  However, we are putting plans in place to keep as many passengers as possible moving throughout the strike should it proceed:


  • By early next week we will publish downloadable, detailed timetables for services that will still be running during the strike, once these have been finalised.  We will also be publishing some frequently asked questions to help passengers plan their journey.
  • We are working with other transport providers so as many tickets as possible can be accepted on other rail and bus networks
  • We are committed to doing everything we can to provide people, businesses, councils, community groups and other organisations with the most detailed and up-to-date information we have and will be providing the latest travel information on our website
I don't want this strike to happen.  It doesn't need to happen, and I hope the promises we've made to our guards will help reassure them that the strike is unecessary.

We will provide you with regular updates as and when new information is available.

You can find the latest information at

Andy Mellors
Managing Director
South Western Railway












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