Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership hosted the start of the Sea Shanty Festival on Saturday and Sunday the 10th & 11th October, the train was decorated with sea faring nets and lots of pirate attire! The atmosphere was definitely lively with pirates and entertaining singing crews, encouraging the spirit of the Shanty Festival. The children won prizes for name the parrot and the number of balls in the bag but also for the best dressed pirate!
You can view pictures from our event below
Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership, with adopters and volunteers, attended the Association of Community Rail Partnership (ACoRP) Awards on Thursday 1 October 2015 in Torquay and won first prize in the category Small Projects Award – under £500 Sue and Georgeta, who were nominated by ESSCRP, were very excited and pleased to have been nominated. Wilderness to Wonderness is a fantastic project that demonstrates the good work that encourages community engagement around the branch line stations as well as promoting the lines and improving the station environment.
Harwich station garden had an amazing make over in just five weeks, Sue and Georgeta, Harwich Station adopters, set about the task and enrolled local people as volunteers to help out. The work started with clearing the garden which had a lot of rubble, ironwork and rubbish: it was cleared and the volunteers had endless trips down the local tip.
As the funding was limited the adopters were creative and placed an article in the local paper asking people to donate plants, generating an amazing response and the majority of the plants were donated by the public and volunteers. The garden has been transformed and is now a lovely place to pass by the look at and all of this was achieved for well under £500.