Department for Transport Working Party
On Friday July 19th ESSCRP were delighted to welcome a working party of 12 volunteers from the Department for Transport. (DfT). The DfT encourages its people to volunteer for up to four days a year, not only to give back to the community but also to provide team building opportunities. They contacted us to see if we had any suitable projects and of course we were only too happy to oblige.
Our chosen project was a neglected overgrown bed at Marks Tey station. We were ready to welcome our volunteers when they arrived with equipment, compost and plants for the planned transformation and of course with hot drinks and biscuits to keep them going. “Neglected” and “overgrown” was something of an understatement as we discovered, tackling the brambles. But our enthusiastic cheerful volunteers rose to the challenge as the mountain of weeds they removed testified. By the end of the day the new plants were safely in the ground. It’s still a work in progress but the hard work of the working party produced great results.
Flitch Way Ramble August 31st 2019
Flitch Way Ramble on Saturday August 31st
The sun shone, the walkers enjoyed the gentle ramble along the beautiful Flitch Way. We were entertained en route by a specially designed photo quiz to highlight specific sights to be found along the path between Braintree and Rayne. Once at Rayne we had the opportunity to visit the lovely café for tea and cake, eaten during a very interesting talk about the history of the railway line and how the railway carriage museum there came about. (It was delivered on the back of a low loader, that must have been quite a sight!). An excellent example to highlight the attractions combining rail travel and walking for leisure.