News - July 2019

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.

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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.


Ingatestone Museum

Ingatestone Museum Trust

Ingatestone Museum Trust is creating a small community museum to depict the social history of Ingatestone and Fryerning parish and the important contribution that the railway played in the villages’ history. The museum will be housed in the former railway gatekeeper’s cottage adjacent to the level crossing at Ingatestone station.. The cottage is of significant historical interest and dates from 1846. The station building is also significant as one of a small number of buildings that survive from the inception of the railway and is grade II listed.


The Trust will run the Museum on behalf of the Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council who will be the Lessees of the Cottage from Greater Anglia. The fabric of the cottage is being refurbished by Greater Anglia, with a grant from the Railway Heritage Trust, to be visually similar to what it would have been in the 1950s.The Trust will complete the internal building works and make the building ready to allow the creation of the museum and its contents.

The museum is very much community based, looking for artefacts, photographs etc to display and to also show the development of the villages through personal histories and records. It aims to be interactive, with a mix of changing and permanent displays and to be accessible to all.


Any donations to the museum would be very welcome!


For any further information please contact:


Elaine Jeater