At the request of the British Transport Police and Taunton Station, the Taunton Team Chaplaincy has started a chaplaincy to the railway station in the town.
The lead chaplain, the Revd Adrian Prior Sankey MBE writes of the first patrol:
On our first visit to the station we signed in and were welcomed by the Station Manager, the Station Shift Supervisor & the Station Team organiser.
We spent time in the cafes, and had good chats with the staff who have welcomed us to use their facilities including use of their notice boards. We had many contacts during our patrol. We had a long chat with a railway enthusiast from Swindon on a Rover Ticket, stopping off in Taunton before continuing his journey to Dawlish who gave us lots of information and said he would make our involvement widely known as he was not aware of such on his extensive travels on the railway.
Another long chat was with an Australian man over here on holiday following up his family history and naval research at the UKHO, who as a fellow Christian was very interested in our involvement as Rail Responders and wished us God’s blessing for what we are doing.
We had several approaches from various travellers with general train enquiries ranging from which platform should they be on to someone with a QR coded e-ticket he had not come across before.
We had a long, encouraging chat with the British Transport Police, details of which were relayed back to the team to follow up for future patrols both on and off the station.
When we anticipated leaving, a new Station Supervisor came on shift, so another long encounter resulted, before we ended patrol after nearly three hours.
Revd Adrian Prior Sankey MBE