News - November 2020

New garden and bee-friendly sculpture to provide haven at Alresford rail station

The project has seen local volunteers, children from Alresford Primary School and the Cobnuts Co-operative, come together with Greater Anglia, the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership and the Bee Friendly Trust to install two raised planters filled with bee-friendly plants and a unique sculpture that doubles as a home for wildlife.

The sculpture, made by the Cobnuts Co-operative, a local eco-arts cooperative who design creative habitats from the traditional material ‘cob’, is being completed in collaboration with help from Alresford Primary pupils and depicts commuters, as well as providing a home for bees who will be able to make holes in the cob to live in.

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New rail station mural celebrates South Woodham Ferrers’ charms

A new mural has been unveiled at South Woodham Ferrers rail station highlighting the countryside, beauty spots and tourist attractions of the area.

Created by artist Keith Hollingsworth, local volunteers, The Village Group and the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership in conjunction with train operator, Greater Anglia, the mural will welcome visitors who arrive by train. 

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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