Edenbridge Twinning Association

Great to see the community notice board at Edenbridge Town station being put to good use by the local Twinning Association with a fabulous display outlining their recent projects and some history of the group.

 

The notice board which was kindly paid for by the Town Council is available for community groups to promote themselves to station users on a monthly rota.  If your group would like to put it to good use by letting the community know what you do please contact us.

Redhill station planters

A bit of colour brightening a very grey, rainy day.

The platform planters at Redhill station have burst into life thanks to the efforts of our station partners the Redhill YMCA.

Bridge Cottage, Uckfield

The Bridge Cottage in Uckfield High Street holds monthly antiques, collectibles and vintage fairs.  Located across the road from the station and within a few minutes walk of bus stops.  The dates of forthcoming fairs are:

27 April, 25 May, 6 July (to coincide with the Uckfield festival), 28 September, 23 November.

9am – 4pm Free admission.

They also hold regular Craft & Artisan Markets the next being held on will be on Saturday 16th March.  Stalls selling handmade craft items from jewellery to ceramics, fleece to fashion, home & interiors, pampering and those unique gifts for someone special.
Free admission.

 

Uckfield & District Preservation Society look after both Bridge Cottage in Uckfield High Street and Nutley Windmill, Crowborough Road, Nutley, East Sussex.

Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre is a medieval Wealden Hall House built in 1436.  Today the building plays host to a variety of local history and community events, and is also available for private hire.

Lavender Line to mark 50th anniversary of last train

The Lavender Line at Isfield will be holding a special event over the weekend of February 23 and 24 to mark the 50th anniversary of the last train to leave the station.  The Lavender Line will be open from 10am to 5pm on both days and a classic Southdown bus will provide a free shuttle service operating from Uckfield Station to the Lavender Line each day, you can also use the Brighton & Hove Brighton service from Uckfield to Isfield.

The British Railways DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) 1316 service train has its own place in history having made that last journey on Sunday, February 23, 1969.  And you will be able to see the heritage line’s own DEMU trains, 1118, and 1133, in service coupled together, looking very similar to the 1316.

After the 1316 left the station 50 years ago the line was closed, track lifted, and tracks, stations and railway land sold, all in an effort to cut costs and save money.  Then, thanks to dedicated and keen volunteers the railway was partly relaid as a heritage line which proves popular with visitors to this day.

The standard gauge railway carries preserved steam and diesel locomotives/units and offers a two-mile round trip from the Victorian station, at Isfield, to Worth Halt, in Little Horsted.

The railway was once part of the national network, branching off at Lewes to the north east, passing through Barcombe Mills, Isfield, and then onto Uckfield, where the national network terminates today.

If you visit during the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, February 23, and 24, you will find a gift shop, meals and refreshments in the old station building, and you will be able to go into the original Victorian signal box to see the levers and other equipment used by signalmen in years gone by.

Other original features can be seen too, including the station’s goods yard crane, cattle dock, coal office, goods yard, water tower, level crossing – and the old type of crossing gates.  There is also a children’s play area and Riley’s Miniature Railway, a fun, not for profit, five inch gauge miniature railway where all the fares and donations are sent to the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London.

The Lavender Line will be open from 10am to 5pm on both days and a classic Southdown bus will provide a free shuttle service operating from Uckfield Station to the Lavender Line each day too.

More details can be found on The Lavender Line’s website, the Lavender Line Facebook page and the Facebook page for Riley’s Miniature Railway (where details will be shared on which miniature locomotives will be operating on their little line).

Forthcoming events at the Eridge Estate

Here are some dates for forthcoming events at Eridge:

 

  • Decorative Living Fair – 17 + 18 May
  • Black Deer Music Festival – 21 to 23 June
  • Eridge Fair – 30 June
  • We Work Summer Camp – 15 to 18 August
  • Mini Festival (Spiritual / Wellness) – 5 to 10 September
  • Muddy Dogs Run – 21 September
  • Hell Runner (Running ‘Festival’ with camping ) – 25 to 27 October

Wealden residents invited to help clean-up with free equipment

Litter picking equipment available for clean-up volunteers

Litter picking equipment is being made available by Wealden Council for volunteers taking part in this year’s Great British Spring Clean.

The campaign takes place from Friday, March 22, to Tuesday, April 23, and the council has bought litter picks, gloves, and bag hoops, and is offering them, along with waste sacks and waste collection services, to all groups taking part.

Last year 37 groups across Wealden collected some 2.5 tonnes of litter in their local communities, according to Cllr Roy Galley, the council’s cabinet member responsible for waste management. He is hoping even more people will want to take part this year.

Plastics

Cllr Galley said: “It is important we do all we can to stop plastics and other waste getting into water courses, and open country, where they can cause great harm to inquisitive wildlife.

“It is local people who best know their neighbourhood and where litter can build up. They can ensure their communities receive a thorough spring clean.”

He said that in addition to the council buying litter-picking equipment its waste contractor Kier was helping out by donating equipment and providing a special waste collection services.

Priority

Cllr Galley added: “Many groups already have their litter-picking equipment from previous events, so, until the end of February, priority will be given to new groups.

“After February, equipment will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Waste sacks and waste collection services are available to all groups.”

To find out how you can take part in the Great British Spring Clean in Wealden visit www.wealden.gov.uk/springclean, email springclean@wealden.gov.uk, or call 01323 443322.

Campaign

Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said the organisation was delighted Wealden Council was supporting this year’s campaign.

She said: “The Great British Spring Clean is an opportunity for the millions of people who care about the environment on their doorstep to do something positive that will make a visible difference.

“Without councils across the country giving the campaign their backing, our volunteers would not be able to do the incredible job they do.”

Read more about the Great British Spring Clean on the Keep Britain Tidy website.

The Mayor of Reigate & Banstead’s charity film festival

Tickets are still available for the Mayor of Reigate & Banstead’s Charity Film Festival which is being held from the 15th – 17th February at the Harlequin cinema, Redhill.  An exciting programme of films has been scheduled and the Mayor hopes that you will be able to attend one or indeed all of these fantastic films.

 

 

Fri 15th Feb – FOUR WEDDINGS & A FUNERAL (£12)

For a romantic Valentine’s treat enjoy this much loved film which was originally released 25 years ago.

 

Sat 16th Feb – THE LEGO MOVIE 2 (£12)

A film that all the family will enjoy.

 

Sat 16th Feb – THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Sing-a-long (£15)

The world is singing along with the most entertaining movie of the year and now you can to with this special sing-a-long screening of the Greatest Showman

 

Sun 17th Feb – CASABLANCA (£10)

One of the all-time classic greatest films

 

 

 

To book tickets please contact the Harlequin box office www.harlequintheatre.co.uk / 01737 276500

County Care sign up as East Grinstead joint station partners

The never ending energy of the County Care group has led to them signing up to work at yet another station, East Grinstead.  The group will be available to help the station partner, Andrew Morris of Inside out Concept garden design and installation.

County Care already work at Horley station, Reigate station and have helped both SCRP and GTR  with many events.  They recently took on their own allotment and with a grant from Tesco’s bag for life have purchased a poly-tunnel so they can grow their own plants for our stations.

Farmers Markets

There are many Farmers and street markets in our area, some held regularly, some pop-up.  They are great places for an opportunity to get out and about, explore and buy anything from fresh fish, artisan bread, a cheese you have never tried before,  to an unusual plant for the patio.  Check out your local Council website for details but here are some for you to try:

Crowborough – 4th Saturday of the month, Croft Road car-park.

Hailsham – 2nd Saturday of the month, Cattle Market, Market Street.

Heathfield – 3rd Saturday of the month, Co-op car-park.

Uckfield – 1st Saturday of the month, Luxfords car-park.

Tunbridge Wells – 2nd/4th Saturday of the moth, outside Town Hall

Tunbridge Wells, Pantiles – 1st/3rd weekend of the month.

Penshurst Place, -1st Saturday of the month.

East Grinstead – every Thursday, Market Square, High Street.

Tonbridge – 2nd Saturday of the month, opposite the station.

Oxted – every Thursday, Red Cross Centre

Reigate – 4th Saturday of the month, Tunnel Road.

Redhill – every Thursday/Friday/Saturday, Town Centre.

 

 

 

 

Christmas at East Grinstead

East Grinstead station got into the spirit of Christmas with a brilliant display of 12 hand-decorated Christmas trees.  The event was organised by the station partner Andrew Morris (Andrew, a local garden designer has recently started to donate some of his limited spare time to look after the extensive gardens at the front of the station.)  He approached local businesses to ask them to sponsor a Christmas tree and then took the trees to the local Montessori nursery school where the children (and no doubt parents and staff) made the beautiful decorations.

If you would like to be involved with a project at your local station or if you are local to East Grinstead and could spare a couple of hours now and then to help Andrew with his plans for the station flower beds, please do get in touch.

 

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