‘Self Portraits’ raise a smile at Bognor Regis Station

During the summer term of 2019, one of the Arun Valley Line’s newest station partners, Southway Primary School in Bognor Regis, worked hard on an art project to brighten up the waiting room at the station.

The subject was ‘Self Portraits’.

The children were in Reception when they did the paintings and it followed on from a visit from an artist who taught them how to draw and paint faces by looking carefully and spacing the features out correctly etc.

Southern Rail local maintenance team put the framed results up on a Sunday, during the school summer holidays, ready for parents, pupils, school staff and SCRP Line Officer to come for an ‘official unveiling’ in September.

Two of the Bognor station staff came along as well, to thank the pupils.

The children really enjoyed seeing their artwork on display – even if some of their little legs were not so keen on the walk home!

Sarah Holland, Principal at the school said ‘this is a great start for the partnership between Southway School and the station.  We are looking forward to doing more in the future, with pupils and station staff.

Schools join forces to brighten up Three Bridges

An initiative put forward by local councillors for Three Bridges has resulted in a great piece of artwork on the railway bridge outside Three Bridges station.

Pupils from Three Bridges Primary, Pound Hill Junior, Maidenbower Junior and Milton Mount created artwork on the theme of ‘Train travel’. Artist Lionel Stanhope took all the pictures to create a composite mural, and painted it during August, while the schools were on summer holiday.

Along with the existing artwork from Oriel High School currently on display in the underpass at the station, Three Bridges Railway Station really is a brighter place to visit.

Cllr Brenda Burgess has thanked Network Rail Community Rail Officer, Southern Rail Station Manager and Sussex CRP Arun Line Officer for all the support on this project – and of course, the pupils and staff from the five schools.


Southwick station artwork has a maritime heritage theme

Young volunteers involved in a National Citizen Service programme, recently joined staff at Shoreham Port and Sussex CRP to create a total of 144 pictorial tiles, each one depicting an aspect of Maritime Heritage at the Port.

The resulting artwork was unveiled at an official launch event on 6th August, when contributors could see their own tile, displayed in large white frames, which were donated by Southern Rail.  The frames were erected by Pilbeam contractors, at no cost to the Port.

To showcase the artwork at its best, the underpass was cleaned and painted by some of the young volunteers, with materials and tools supplied by Southern Rail.

Shoreham Port has been a station partner for some time, but with the new CRP in place for a year now, Sussex CRP is able to support station partners along the Sussex Coast Line.

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Public piano at Horsham Railway Station is a big hit!

As part of Horsham District’s Year of Culture celebrations, 6 pianos have been decorated and placed at various points across the district.

Horsham Railway Station is pleased to be part of this exciting event, housing a fabulous piano, decorated by QEII Silver Jubilee School pupils, and local artist, Annalees Lim.  The theme,  chosen by the pupils is based on the book ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ by Giles Andrae and David Wojtowycz.

The piano is in the bookings hall, meaning anyone can come and have a go, whether they are a train passenger or just passing by.

On Friday, 16th August between 16.00 and 19.00 (4pm and 7pm), a trio of musical minstrels will be at the station,  accompanying members of the public at the piano, and collecting for Chestnut Tree Hospice.

Why don’t you come along, and join the fun, before visiting the other five pianos in the district?  For more information about the piano trail, or HDC Year of Culture, visit https://www.hdculture2019.co.uk/

Two Friends get together at Amberley Rail Gala

On the second day of the Amberley Rail Gala Weekend, Sunday 14th July, Turby, Mascot for Network Southeast Railway Society, and Flobble, new recruit to Sussex Community Rail Partnership, were snapped sitting together.

The humans from these two organisations also enjoyed sharing experiences and ideas, with visitors to their stands and a good weekend was had by all.

Crime Writer Peter James sponsors Heart at Horsham

Crawley-based St Catherine’s Hospice has launched its HeART to Heart trail across Horsham, Crawley, Reigate and East Grinstead, which sees 26 individually-crafted, fibreglass sculptures dotted around the areas that the hospice serves.

The first heart was unveiled at Horsham railway station on Wednesday (3 July) after its installation was arranged by the Sussex Community Rail Partnership (CRP) for the Arun Valley Line and supported by Southern. CRP Community Development Officer Rowena Tyler said: “It’s fantastic to see the heart at Horsham station. It’s been a long time in the planning. Southern have contributed funding to the HeART to Heart trail and of course offered their space.”

Terry O’Leary, Chair of the Board of Trustees at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “It’s great that Southern have allowed us to display a heart at Horsham station for the unveiling and leave it here for 10 weeks. We very much rely on businesses and people in the community to support us. It’s wonderful that Southern have been part of that support – without such support we wouldn’t exist.”

Station supervisor Miguel Alves added: “It’s a lovely piece of art – quite striking. It’s a wonderful initiative and we’re pleased to be part of it. It’s a pleasure to have the heart here.”

Each heart has been created by a local artist. The heart at Horsham station was commissioned by crime and thriller writer Peter James, alongside his friend, Sussex entrepreneur Steve Barrey, of Liquorice Dragon, and co-sponsored by Southern. The heart’s design draws inspiration from the front cover of Peter’s latest novel, which features hearts hidden amongst ironwork railings. The heart’s artwork was produced by Sculpture Studios and features air brushing and a vinyl overlay.

‘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

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