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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BBC Essex Quest Comes to South Woodham Station

On Sunday 19th May BBC Essex Quest came to South Woodham Ferrers. The radio show which has presenters Liana Bridges and Barry Lewis with the help of listeners solving four cryptic clues to places in Essex. They are in a BBC Essex van and the clues are within a fifteen mile radius.

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The Mayflower Ship comes to Community Rail in the City

Community Rail in the city Wednesday the 15th May 2019

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Supporting the Acorn Witchfinders Trail 5K & 10K run/walk

ESSCRP continue working in partnership with Acorn Village by supporting their annual Witchfinders Trail which took place on Sunday the 14th April 2019.

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Free Fun Days at Clacton

Free Fun day at Clacton

Sunday the 26th May 2019 10.30am to 5pm at Clacton West Greenward, Marine Parade West, Clacton on Sea.

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Tea Party at Wrabness Station

A fabulous afternoon at Wrabness Station

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Explore Essex by Train

Pick up or down load our Explore Essex by Train leaflet with 25 attractions you can reach by our branch line

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Revamp of Rochford Station waiting room

Lynda painting the waiting room at Rochford Station

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Words between the Lines

On Tuesday the 26th March the Harwich Community School joined us at Harwich Town Station to travel on the train to Manningtree for Writing between the Lines event

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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.