Marking the faceliftAs part of the celebration of 125 years of the Southminster branch line (Crouch Valley Line) Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership have been working with the organisers of the Burnham Art Trail and Abellio Greater Anglia to transform the windows of Burnham on Crouch Station house from being boarded up and unwelcoming to works of art. The station has now become part of the Burnham Art Trail.

A competition was held for all young people in the town between the ages of 5 and 18 to design individual scenes on the Theme of Travelling Past Present and Future.  Fifteen winners were chosen to have their work featured in the disused window frames. The younger children’s work was interpreted by local artists.

A fun day was held on Saturday 21st June when John Whittingdale MP unveiled the windows and awarded prizes to the winners. The day began with a dedication and blessing of the station and featured music, stalls, artwork, exhibits and workshops including children creating a beautiful scene of boats sailing on the River Crouch this has now been installed in poster boards at the station. A retro bus provided free transport between various locations of the art trail.

This has truly been a successful community project that has resulted in enhancing the station environment making it a bright, colourful and inviting for local people and visitors to the town, it really has become has become a local talking point.