THE gross distortion made by Sandringham Parish Council regarding the Wolferton Station Museum requires some comment. To suggest, as it does, that the Museum is a serious traffic hazard and that visitors destroy the peace and tranquility of Wolferton Village would be fatuous, were it not for the serious consequences to its present owners.
One wonders if members of the parish council have bothered even to visit the Museum during the tourist season and seen for themselves how this small enterprise is run.
During August, this year, I spent two days sketching in the village. Occasionally a private car passed through the village, presumably with sightseers 'doing1 the Royal Estate. More rarely a car turned off into the station yard. The noisiest and most intrusive were tractors and other farm vehicles from the farms of the Royal Estate.
One is surely entitled to ask why Sandringham Parish Council has not raised objections regarding the visitors to Sandringham House, Gardens, and Church? Daily during the tourist season thousands of visitors have to cross a busy road from the Sandringham House car park, and even more from the dozens of tourist coaches.
Add to this those hundreds of people who stop for tea,
ice cream, and souvenirs from the
estate shop and cafe, and yet there has not been one objection from Sandringham Parish Council. Do not these constitute a genuine traffic hazard, and is not the peace and tranquility of the area destroyed?
I am surprised, that in view of its own workings that the Royal Estate should give support to such specious objections, especially when a few years ago a reported 16,000 caravans and 50,000 people camped there for a Bank Holiday Weekend, with convoys of cars and caravans clogging up surround roads for miles.
During 1979 I twice visited Sandringham House, Gardens, and Museums, Each time it was necessary to wait in long queues to get into the buildings. By contrast I have visited the Wolferton Station Museum on several occasions at different times of the season.
At no time has there been more than five or six cars in the car-park. At no time have I had to queue to get in. At no time has there been more than a dozen or so visitors with me.
The museum is quietly and graciously run by its proprietors, who rightly feel that Royal Rail-Travel and the beautiful ex-Royal Station is a unique part of British Social History and wish to share it with those so interested.