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Community Rail in the Autumn

We find that after the rush of summer there is a renewed energy as people return from holidays and children start back at school.  We were busy over the summer as our first Bucket and Spade Train took place on 5 August and proved to be very popular, as well as our annual 'Thank You' event for volunteers took place on 2 September

Below you can find a couple of things coming up, including low-priced advanced purchase event train tickets and some of the latest news - you can also keep up to date with our Twitter feed as well as the events page on the website. If you have an event that you would like us to promote that takes place along one of the lines, please contact us by clicking here.

Also in this months newsletter is a round up of project news and our stand at the Barleylands show.  Last of all, although it is covered below, we'd like to offer our personal "good luck" wishes to Georgeta, Sue, David and Anne, who are nominated for two national ACORP awards in Torquay on 1 October.  We'll let you know how they do.

Best wishes,

Jayne, Lynda and Terri

Spotlight on... Harwich Shanty Festival Event Trains

Following the success of last year, the special event trains which are ran in conjunction with Abellio Greater Anglia return this year, with more songs, shanty's, poems and activities along the Mayflower Line.  

With the demand of last year, there are now three trains being run, with two on Saturday 10 October at 11:00 and 12:00 and one on Sunday 11 October at 11:26.  

The tickets are now available online - visit to be taken to the Abellio Greater Anglia special ticket web page to purchase tickets for our events.  The tickets have been discounted by Abellio Greater Anglia to encourage families to come along and take part in these events.  Tickets are £5 Adults and £2 Children and include a free activity pack when they board the train.

Discounted tickets are only available online and must be collected from the ticket machines before travel.  

And the award goes to..?

We are proud to tell you that two projects have been nominated from the thousands of entries received for the prestigious national ACORP awards.  The awards recognise the hard work from station adopters (both individually and groups) and the time and dedication given to community rail.  This year the awards ceremony takes place in Torquay on Thursday 1 October.
Harwich Station Garden
Sue and Georgeta have been nominated in the "Small Projects (Under £500)" category for their work at Harwich Station on the garden.  They have transformed the front of the station building from a patch of earth and rubble into a wonderful display of greenery and flowers.  Their hard work has improved the station and given a great welcoming feeling to those using the station for commuting and leisure.
Bures Station Garden
David and Anne Taylor have been working tirelessly on Bures Station Garden for a number of years and have been nominated in the fiercely contested "Best Station Garden or Large Floral Display" category.  
We look forward to telling you the results after the award ceremony in Torquay on 1 October.
Group Photo of the Thank You Event

Thank You Event

We held our annual Thank You event at the East Anglian Rail Museum on 2 September, with adopters and volunteers travelling to join us from all over Essex and South Suffolk.  A big thank you has to be said to Corrine, who kindly provided home made cuisine for the celebration of all the hard work that goes on throughout the year.
Jonathan Denby, Abellio Greater Anglia, Chris Stephenson and Sean Perry, Essex County Council, thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication to the Community Rail Partnership.  Jonathan also gave more information about the future for the refreshing of the Class 321 fleet, which sees use along the majority of the CRP lines.  
Congratulations go to Lis and Jeff who won our quiz - the answers can be found on our website by clicking here.  As well as the answers, there are also some photos and a short article can be found on our website.

Country show at Barleylands

A long day but a really worthwhile one! We set up our stall at the country show at Barleylands on Sunday 13 September, where our stall was full of useful information and goodies.  We had lots of questions and interest in what community rail was about, including where the branch lines are and what is available in the area for people to do.

In addition to sharing the word about how great Essex and South Suffolk is, courtesy of Abellio Greater Anglia we were able hold a free draw to win first class rail tickets for a family of four anywhere on the Greater Anglia network.  

Other project news

There is a lot going on with our projects, including Sudbury Station Shelter Mural Project, where two murals have been painted by artist Joanna Tidey, the Mayflower Line Bee Nesters (with a full update on our website by Terri) and a summary of the mural produced at North Fambridge by the Essex Boys and Girls Club. 
You can see all of our project summaries and news on our website - click here to have a look at our projects page.

Our Newsletter

Do you have an event coming up that involves the community along our lines?  We'd love to feature it in our newsletter.  Please drop Jayne an email if you have any thoughts - just click here and fill in the form.