The team and volunteers were proud to hear this week that the CRP have been shortlisted for two awards at the prestigious ACORP annual awards. The two nominated projects have been short listed in the Best Small Project (Under £500) category for the Harwich Station Garden and the challenging Best Station Garden category for Bures Station Garden.
Our first Bucket and Spade train took place on Wednesday the 5th August 2015 with the decorated train pulled into Colchester Station ready to depart promptly at 9.56am. The train was run in partnership with Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership and Abellio Greater Anglia. Lots of children and parents boarded the inaugural special service, meaning that our carriage was full to the luggage racks as it left for Walton-on-the-Naze.
It's easy to forget as you ride along the branch line that there is a community built of lives outside of the station doors. Great Bentley is a great example of this with Britain's largest village green a stones throw away.
Great Bentley Green hosts many events through the year, from the regular cricket matches to carnivals, fairs and even the circus. People visiting the village by train are now welcomed with a fantastic range of flowers and a beautiful station garden thanks to our adopter Susan Wood, who became a volunteer in April 2015.