Everything you always wanted to know about the railways

Ever wanted to know something about your railway station? How many passengers use it every year? Who is responsible for maintaining trees? Which MP’s constituency is it in?
There’s a lot of open-source data available – and now the most useful are on SCRP’s website. Railway Data page.
Let us know if you have a question to ask or a favourite bit of data to add.

The Royal Sussex Regiment presents……..

The Royal Sussex Regiment thanked Laura Lee, a member of Southern staff at Arundel station, for her research on the Great War.

Laura started carrying out her own research into the local railway men and women who served in the First World War. Laura mentioned this to Rowena Tyler, Community Development Officer covering the Arun Valley Line. This small act of respect sparked a joint project to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War in 2018 across many stations in the Southern network.

In her own time, Laura continued with the painstaking research into all railway staff on the Arun Valley Line, detailing their post on the railway, their ages, and what happened to them.  For those who were buried overseas, she included a photograph of their war grave. Her work was collated in a bound folder, to be kept at Arundel station. On 10 June 2019, members of the Royal Sussex Regiment thanked Laura for her sterling work, presenting her with framed regimental mementos and a Royal Sussex pin to wear with pride. In response, Laura Lee and Rowena Tyler presented a copy of the records to West Sussex County Council’s records office.

East Surrey Walking for Health

The East Surrey branch of the YMCA runs a series of health walks, far too many to list here, but a leaflet is available from YMCA centres.  All walks are risk assessed and led by trained volunteer walk leaders.


An example of some of the walks available:

Every Sunday 11am meet at the rear car park Skimmington Castle pub, Reigate Heath.

Every Monday 10:15 meet at Lingfield & Dormans Community Centre.

Every Wednesday  11am meet at Hurst Green & Holland Children’s Centre, Hurst Green.

Every Thursday 11am meet at Woodhatch Community Centre.

Every Friday 11am meet at Morrisons Arches car-park, Reigate.

Don’t forget the Brighton Fringe Festival 3rd May-2nd June

Over 4,500 performances and events on sale now at England’s Largest arts festival!

Brighton Fringe is the largest open-access arts festival in England. It is an international festival that is at the same time rooted in the community. It embraces every art form and every form of artistic expression, and supports both new and established performers in trying out new work and taking risks.

Take a look at the huge variety of events taking place www.brightonfringe.org/whats-on/

£179.88 raised at Moulsecoomb Station Tea Party for children’s charity Embrace

A big thank you to everyone who came along to Moulsecoomb Station Tea Party a fantastic £179.88 was raised for disabled children’ charity Embrace http://embraceeastsussex.uk/ who work to improve the lives of children with disability in East Sussex. Well done to Station staff Su, and Michael and Station Manager Andy. The event was run in conjunction with Brighton and Hove City Council Meerkat Trail with Delphine and Stephen, designed to get pre-school children out and about in their local area.

Spring 2019 newsletter


Appledore Station is getting ready for the summer. FOAST (FRIENDS OF APPLEDORE TRUST) have been busy making planters to go onto the station to help cheer up passengers on their evening and morning commute. FOAST has been active for just over a year and their chairman, Terry Blaney, is keen to hear from anyone who is interested in helping with projects which will improve the use and look of the station. It is not just planters and flowers group are involved in, they also have projects in hand which will further the use of the station, and bring the community together. If you are interested in helping or just want to more about what is happening in Appledore contact Terry terry@twdblaney.com

Snail Racing at Bishopstone!

Join in the snail racing at Bishopstone May Fair with The Friends of Bishopstone Station tomorrow 12-4pm at Bishopstone Parish Hall. BN25 2UD

The group are working hard to raise awareness and funds for the development of the station. The Friends of Bishopstone Station are dedicated to preserving this lovely Art Deco building and creating a community hub for Bishopstone residents and surrounding communities to enjoy.

Find them on Facebook and Twitter   @fobs_seaford 


Meet a meerkat at Moulsecoomb Station!

All are welcome to a meet the meerkat fundraising tea party and cake sale in aid of the children’s charity Embrace at Moulsecoomb Station on Saturday the 11th May 11-1pm. Embrace is a group for special needs and disabled children promoting inclusion and life skills. www.embracees.org.uk

The event is running as a part of the Meerkat Discovery Trail which runs across between 25th March and 2nd June aimed at 3-6 year olds by B&HCC.

Sussex Wildlife Trust annual survey

Our natural world is in trouble

75% of butterfly species are in decline and plastic pollution is having a shocking effect on marine wildlife. 

Our annual wildlife survey is an important way of learning more about the wildlife issues that mean the most to people in Sussex.

Your views matter

Thousands responded to our 2018 survey, and the answers we received have helped us secure funding to develop a marine education and public engagement project.

Please spare five minutes to complete our 2019 survey – as a thank you, we’ll send you a free guide to our top 10 nature reserves in Sussex.

Go to https://survey.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/2019-survey/

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