A weekend event to promote the gardens at Bures gave us the opportunity to promote not only The Gainsborough Line but the other 4 lines as well, lots to offer with walks and attraction leaflets to encourage travel by train exploring our lovely countryside.

We set up in the church for two days, David and Anne Taylor were keen volunteers and we took our turns in manning the stall.  Jayne also got a chance to look around a few of the gardens and experience a cream tea (very nice it was, too).  It is highly recommended to put it in your diary’s for next year that the next open gardens is the last bank holiday weekend in May 2017.

We finally see the new train planter delivered and in place on the up platform at Great Bentley Station.  Terri along with Petrina and Jayne spent a pleasant morning planting the carriages up with colourful bedding plants which should show a wonderful array of bloom!

The planter similar to the one at Frinton Station, was made by the men at the Shed project in Maldon. 

They have done a marvellous job in making this at a fraction of the cost. 

Julia and Sue braved out the rain on Sunday the 12th June 2016 to man the Essex and South Suffolk CRP stall, the sun finally came out and Julia and Sue were kept busy promoting the branch line and further afield.

Julia who is a keen rail traveller certainly had lots of information and knowledge to pass on!

A polished train has gained new logos on the side, thanks to Abellio Greater Anglia.  The train, one of four in the region, was unveiled at Marks Tey at the end of June.  

Jayne and Terri joined volunteer Corinne, Jonathan Denby and Chris Page at Marks Tey for a photo.  

On the 1st July 2016 Abellio held a fund raising event for Breast Cancer, cakes, scones and strawberries were in abundance, all we needed were some willing tasters!

Wivenhoe Strawberry Cafe

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