‘Sails’ brighten up Bosham Station, thanks to local school children

Station Partners, Funtington Primary School worked on a project to create, paint and install a series of Sails, each depicting what Bosham means to the pupils and teachers.

The project was led by Community Artist, Rosie Hewitt, and was funded by Southern Railway UK under their Community Rail Adopt a Station programme.

Pupils were asked what they think about Bosham and its surroundings – the depictions range from colourful patterns, to an angel such as those seen in the church carvings, and of course, the famous peacock which is often seen (and heard) strutting around the village.  The 34 sails were cut out from plywood, painted and then varnished to ensure they will keep their vibrant appearance in all weathers on the platforms.

Southern Railway maintenance officer installed the sails onto chainlink fence on each platform, ready for members of the Arts Council, headteacher Sarah Titley, art teacher Sue Hawkins, the bursar and the Rosie Hewitt the community artist to meet the Arun Valley Line Officer for the grand ‘unveiling’ of the artwork on 12th July.

Arun Valley Line Officer Rowena Tyler said:  It’s lovely to have this active station partner at Bosham, which is situated right at the end of the Arun Valley Line.  Last year all the pupils and staff made poppies to create a cascade installation for Remembrance Day.  This installation is displayed on both platforms and will stay there for all customers to see.

Station Partner Shoreham Port offers Behind the Scenes Tour – by boat!

Just ten months after the launch of the new CRP at Shoreham Port, members of the Coastway West Line Group including other station adopters, Sussex CRP staff and directors were invited to join other stakeholders on a tour of the Port’s waterways, using one of their own tour boats.

The 45 minute trip was led by Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive of Shoreham Ports, who gave a talk on the type of goods which are handled at the port, the structure and age of the various warehouses and buildings, and plans for the future.

The sun shone throughout the boat trip and back on dry land, where passengers were welcomed with offers of free ice-cream or hot drinks. It had been an excellent afternoon, most informative.

Shoreham Port is a trust port, and as such, any financial surpluses are reinvested for the benefit of its stakeholders.

Rowena Tyler, Sussex CRP Line Officer for the Coastway West Line from Littlehampton to Southwick said: “Shoreham Port is one of our more active station partners and we are pleased to have a number of joint projects underway this year. Special thanks must go to Emily Kenneally who arranged the boat tours, and has also been instrumental in offering the visitors’ centre for recent Line Group meetings.’

Spring is in the Air at Angmering Station!



Pupils from Georgian Gardens Community Primary School worked with adults from ArtWorks (Rustington’s Community Art Project) to create craft with a Spring theme in preparation for the upcoming seasonal exhibition at Angmering Station.

Look out for a new display in the Booking Office and on the ‘Pallet Trees’ alongside the Westbound platform.  In the meantime enjoy these photographs of the young crafters.


Children’s artwork celebrates Year of Culture in Horsham station.

A series of posters, designed by local primary school children in conjunction with Christ’s Hospital School, is being displayed in Horsham station to celebrate Horsham District Council’s 2019 Year of Culture.

Each poster represents a month of the year 2019, and is themed according to the events happening in the Horsham area that month as part of the Year of Culture. Children from five local primary schools were invited to spend a day designing the posters in the Art Department of Christ’s Hospital School last June. 

The Primary students spent a day designing the posters based on significant landmarks in and around Horsham and also relevant imagery. They created a line drawing which they then added block colour to. Their posters were then scanned in and digitised to produce the final image.

Photographer: Toby Phillips 

‘The students were fantastic to work with and seemed to enjoy spending the day in the Art Department and learning more about Christs Hospital’ said Alex Naylor, Teacher of Art at Christ’s Hospital. ‘They had been selected by their primary schools as they all had an interest in art and this was evident in how they worked and the posters they designed. They seemed really excited by the prospect of having the chance to potentially have their work displayed around Horsham.’

Each poster includes the name of the primary school involved in its design, including Holbrook, Kingslea, Warnham, Seymour and Wisborough Green Primary School

Angmering Christmas Tree Decorating Team

Pupils from the local schools and the Friends of Angmering Station group have brought a seasonal touch to the bookings hall at Angmering Station, dressing a Christmas Tree with decorations they made themselves.[slideshow_deploy id=’4465′]

Billingshurst Station has new Visitor Map and brochure.

Billingshurst railway station has a new visitor map as well as Visit Billingshurst brochures available to take away. The chairman of Billingshurst Community Partnership which is a station partner, came along to attend the recent WW1 Centenary Commemoration at the station and Line Officer, Rowena Tyler took the opportunity to take a photograph of her by the map.

Residents and visitors to Billingshurst will have seen a number of new wayfinder posts in the village, pointing the way to key sites and showing how long it will take to walk there.
The signs are designed to be dementia and age friendly.
Billingshurst Community Partnership was awarded a £12,500 grant from the EU LEADER Rural Development Fund to aid, promote and encourage tourism and visitors to Billingshurst, in line with the Community Led Plan 2015-20. The wayfinder posts were phase 1 of this project with the map being phase 2. A further phase will see the development of a tourism website.
For more information about Billingshurst Community Partnership, visit https://billingshurst.community/current/index.html

Arun Valley Commemorates First World War Centenary

Along the Arun Valley line, Communities and station staff have been planning events and exhibitions to commemorate the Centenary of the end of the First World War, in November 2018.
The first event ‘An Act of Remembrance’ was held at Horsham Railway Station on Friday 26th October, organised by the local branch of the Royal British Legion, to coincide with the launch of their Poppy Appeal.
The ceremony included prayers and a blessing led by Rev David Bouskill, The Exhortation and also The Dedication by Nigel Caplin, Chairman of the Horsham Branch of the Royal British Legion, the Last Post and Reveille played either side of a one minute silence and the laying of a wreath by Horsham District Councillor Peter Burgess. The names of those who served at Horsham Railway Station and lost their lives in action were read out as members of the public and station staff listened.

The wreath was laid onto a metalwork sculpture which was made at HMP Ford Workshops, and loaned for this event.

Rowena Tyler, Arun Valley Line Officer said: “This event and all the others planned on the Arun Valley Line during the Remembrance period remind us of those who served selflessly in the First World War. To see the number of people who stopped for the minutes’ silence, even those heading for the trains or at the ticket offices, was extremely gratifying.”

The Station Manager, Sue Litterick was honoured to have the first ceremony on the Arun Valley Line at Horsham Station and thanks must be given to Eve White, the Royal British Legion Branch Secretary for her meticulous planning.

Details of more ceremonies or exhibitions to be held on the Arun Valley Line will appear on these pages.

Sussex CRP at Gaugemaster Model Railway Weekend

On Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September, Gaugemaster Model Railways held a free event with model railway enthusiasts displaying their layouts across land at the Engine Shed, right next to Ford Station.
Visitors to the area, collectors of model railway kit, and families all mingled in the two gazebos, or outside to enjoy a snack and a drink, while looking at the larger layouts.

Sussex CRP was pleased to have a table at the event, close enough to the station to hear the real and working trains as they stopped at Ford on their way through the Arun Valley Line.
Our table was manned by members of the Arun Valley Line Group, and with help from volunteers from Railfuture and ACoRP, we were able to talk to over 250 people across the two days.

The Gaugemaster team worked tirelessly to ensure this was an excellent day for everyone – and the weather certainly helped!

The Engine Shed is a station partner, having adopted Ford station this summer. We are looking forward to working with them to enhance Ford Station and encourage people to travel by train across the Arun Valley Line, and particularly when visiting the Engine Shed.
For more information about Gaugemaster and their wide ranging stock of Model Railway Products, visit their website at http://www.gaugemaster.com/index.html

The South of England’s Biggest FREE Model Railway Open Weekend – Gaugemaster


The Engine Shed at Ford is one of our newest Station Partners and Sussex CRP staff and volunteers will be at this event. Come and talk to us at our Sussex CRP stand and pick up an Arun Valley Line Guide or some free postcards.
Every two years, Gaugemaster hosts a massive FREE model railway show right by Ford Station on the Arun Valley Line. The next event will be on 1st & 2nd September 2018.
You can expect fantastic layouts and displays all weekend, as well as special offers in our store. Refreshments will be available to purchase.
Opening Times – SAT 9:00am – 5:30pm SUN 10:00am – 4:00pm
See our Events page for more details.

Green Weald planters brighten up Billingshurst station

Pupils from the Weald Secondary School recently designed and built some attractive planter troughs to replace the old and rather dilapidated plastic ones. As the existing ones housed colourful displays of flowers, planted by the Aldingbourne Trust planting Team, it was agreed that the new wooden ones should be ‘sleeves’ to disguise the plastic ones. This means that the flowers will not suffer by being transplanted and in the autumn the Green Weald team and the Aldingbourne Trust will get together to plan and plant at Billinghurst station.
The pupils did this work on their last day of term before breaking up for summer – and in temperatures reaching 30 degrees. Luckily they had plenty of water and shady areas to cool off in.

Thank you, Green Weald Team!

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