This is me, Eccles

This is me, Eccles
This is me, Eccles

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Fraser St Giles to be closed down

Following a remarkable article in the Guardian, proposing a "Beeching axe" to English country churches (Anglican, presumably, although most were formerly Catholic), it has been announced by Network Rail that all train services from Fraser St Giles are to be withdrawn.

Stoke Poges

As Gray's Elegy in a Country Churchyard put it: sorry, we've been closed down.

The prospect of English country churches closing down, and perhaps - as a result of the Vicky Beeching axe - to be replaced by a network of gay-friendly "encounter centres", open to all, including atheists (but NOT Conservatives, of course), is an inviting one.

gay mass

The future for rural English worship.

Meanwhile, is it not in the spirit of England that old ladies should cycle to communion in the morning mist? And if they have to cycle 30 miles to an urban church (the only ones that we should allow!), then we will be breeding a new generation of super-fit old ladies, which must be good for the nation.

Lord Beeching

Giles Fraser explains his new plans for the Anglican church.

Beeching of course was greatly admired for his fearless cuts to rail services. The people in such towns as Gosport, Dunstable, and Otley, for example, never cease to thank their lucky stars that they are not troubled by the noise of trains.

As for Fraser St Giles, well it was a rather unaesthetic station, mainly known for its 7.49 a.m. "thinkers" special and its occasional more substantial "Loose Canon Street" journeys. Often there were problems with services going off the rails, and delays caused by the wrong kind of beliefs on the line. But there are still people prepared to defend this anachronism.

Rail demo

Supporters of Fraser St Giles demonstrate against its planned closure.


  1. Is that where the lewd forefathers of the village sleep?

  2. I accidentally caught the 3:10 to Yuma(-squerading as a Christian) once and the penultimate stop was Fraser St. Giles. I caught the first TGV outta there as I found all clear thought had terminated.

  3. One rather pertinent with-hindsight criticism of Beeching that I have read, is that he never factored in the "feeder" effect of all those uneconomic lines. That is, that although rural stations and lines were poorly supported compared to the main line services, they in fact acted as feeders of custom to the main line services. IOW, if I want to go from, say, Bournemouth to Preston (Lancs.), and my Somerset & Dorset direct route is axed and I now have to get right across country to Southampton and then back via Birmingham (with appropriate fare).....well, I'm likely to say Expletive Deleted it, I'll go by car. And all over the British Isles that is exactly what millions of people did and do.

    If Giles has his way and hundreds of local churches are axed, demolished, reconstructed or redeveloped or vandalised, that Christian presence will be lost. Even if their presence only sends a subliminal message, is that message not worth protecting? Apparently not.