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WEDDINGS PROPOSAL: The Chapel, at Cotford St Luke

A CHAPEL has applied for permission to conduct weddings.

The Chapel at Cotford St Luke (Somerset) is a former place of worship that was converted into a pub in 2007. The landlords of the watering hole in Cotford St Luke have come up with a ‘proposal’ to stage marriages there. They have applied for permission to Somerset West and Taunton Council to carry out ceremonies in the premises in Graham Way. And three couples are already lined up to tie the knot if the go-ahead is given to the pub, which previously catered for the spiritual needs of patients at the former Tone Vale Mental Asylum.

A statement accompanying the application says: “We have held several wedding receptions, wakes, birthday parties and tribute nights over the last five years. “But now, one couple in particular, want to actually marry here.” That couple are Julie and Darren, who first met in The Chapel, where they had their first date and where Darren got down on one knee to ask Julie to be his wife. The couple live and work in the village and are keen quizzers at the pub. They had hoped to marry this December, but the date has now been put back to May next year due to the lockdown.

Another couple, Em and Johnny, from Hatch Beauchamp, had been due to marry at Taunton Register Office in May, but when that was called off due to the coronavirus crisis, they decided to provisionally re-book at The Chapel for August. And Tracey and Nigel, from Wellington, also want to make their vows at the bar. For Tracey, The Chapel was love at first virtual sight – she has never been to The Chapel, but liked what she saw online and plumped for a Thai food reception – even though they have never eaten traditional food from Thailand.

The application adds: “We have already had a visit and approval from Somerset’s chief registrar, submitted all relevant paperwork and passed our health and safety inspection. “We wouldn’t anticipate…that we would hold more than six or seven weddings maximum in a year, as we would not want to discourage our core trade as a pub/restaurant.”

If successful, couples getting hitched in Cotford St Luke will once again be able to say: “Going to The Chapel and we’re going to get married.”

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With thanks to Mrs Joan Ryan, North Curry, Somerset, England

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The West Somerset Railway is the longest Heritage line in the United Kingdom.

201805211456CrowcombeThe line is situated four miles outside the County town of Taunton, starting at Bishops Lydeard and finishing at Minehead. The line meanders through the Quantock Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty and along the Bristol Channel Coast. We have 10 stations along the line each having something different to offer. There are various historic sites that may be of interest to visitors to the area, for example Crowcombe Heathfield station was the location for the filming of the Beatles’ “A Hard Days Night” and scenes from “The Land Girls” were also shot here. The historic town of Watchet dates back to Saxon times, and boasts narrow streets, local shops, museums and lots of places to eat and drink. Washford is a great place to alight, just a short walk from the station we have Cleeve Abbey and the Torre Cider Farm, which are both well worth a visit. 201805211216DunsterCastleFancy something a little different then why not visit Dunster Castle which is nestled in the medieval village of Dunster? Dunster also has a working Watermill, the Old Yarn Market building and the Dolls Museum or continue on to Minehead home of our final station. Minehead is situated at the foot of North Hill where the beach is literally right across the road, we have cafes, shops and plenty of arcades along the seafront, making this a go to location.

The West Somerset Railway also have combined tickets on selected dates throughout the year. These include, Cream Tea and Cheese and cider specials and linked trips with Hestercombe Gardens and Dunster Castle. We organise Steam Galas in the Spring and Autumn, and we are host to a Diesel Gala too. In the latter part of the year we have our popular Christmas services, we have Santa services running out of Minehead and Bishops Lydeard from the end of November until Christmas Eve, we also have our Sherry and Mince pie specials for you to enjoy.

And this is the exciting view when the track of WSR runs just behind your garden, as is the situation at Nick and Sarah Evelyn’s residence 🙂 🙂 🙂