Please see below our most recent press releases:
Falmer gets a piece of Art
Falmer station received some TLC recently with the help of Southern, and SCRP who funded a project arranged by young people on the National Citizen Scheme. Team Minty created and installed a fantastic new mosaic, which showcased the highlights of Falmer and used bright colours to represent what a vibrant place it is.
Lisa Stacey, Southern Station Manager, said: “It was lovely to have another stations chosen by the NCS. The young people involved worked hard within the time limits to meet their targets. The mosaic at Falmer brightens up a really dark space under the bridge which we hope will last as well as the one at London Road has.”
Check out the project as it progressed here: http://teamminty.wixsite.com/ncswave2
Moulsecoomb Station Art Project
Station Revamp is a project that aims to revitalise Moulsecoomb station with a hand drawn mural. The mural’s purpose is to raise awareness of local landmarks and community centres within the nearby Moulsecoomb population. The mural features many paintings of these features, beautifully realised in colourful paint.
The project is the creation of 15 -17 year old teenagers on the National Citizen Service, which is funded by the government and run within Brighton (and local boroughs) by Albion in the Community working in partnership with Southern Railway and SCRP.
The teenagers felt that Moulsecoomb station itself was run down and did not represent the local community as a whole, so they felt that a vivid and vibrant mural would create a welcoming and cheerful environment within the station. This is important considering that, for many of the stations 420,000 annual users, it is their first experience of the area.
Furthermore, after talks with local community members, the team learned that many citizens thought that Brighton was over represented within the area, with landmarks like The Palace Pier and Royal Pavilion trumping centres like Moulsecoomb Primary School and the 67 Centre. This led to the team making the decision to represent local landmarks on the mural, such as Moulsecoomb Place and Brighton University.
Moulsecoomb station manager, Lisa Stacey said: “We were delighted when it was suggested that a mural could be designed just for Moulescoomb station. The end result is outstanding and I’m sure that it will be studied with great interest by passengers using the station.”
The mural was fitted in the station on Friday afternoon in the presence of the team, local Councillors, Network Rail and other important persons.
Southwick Station Artwork in Partnership with Southern, Shoreham Port, Concordia and NSC
The first stage of Southwick’s new art project has now been completed.
The young people involved have said;
“We are team Ganadores! Which means winners in Spanish! A group of young people who are part of National Citizen Service (NCS), which is a government funded programme that aims to help young people give back to the community, provided by Concordia. The objectives of the NCS programme are to encourage young people to challenge themselves, reflect, engage and mix with others from different social backgrounds with a view to building in confidence, learning new skills and meeting new people.
The reasons we decided to take part in the programme were to gain new experiences, meet new friends and build confidence when working within the community and engaging with the environment.
As part of our social action we chose to produce this piece of artwork to decorate Southwick train station in order to raise awareness for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution). A train station is usually at the heart of a town and a big part of the community. However, it is often over looked and used mainly by busy commuters who simply pass through. This project seeks to display and celebrate relationships between Shoreham Port, Southern Rail and the RNLI in the community of Southwick with a special focus on bringing Southwick station back to life.
Both Shoreham Port and Southwick train station have a very strong historic connection as it was the main form of transport for the port to disperse materials and trade throughout the country. As well as this, we believe the RNLI is of high importance as it has a distinct significance in our community being a coastal town. The RNLI is staffed by volunteers and relies on donations from the general public. We would also like to raise awareness of the service from people living inland and by advertising it at the train station. We hope that more people will become aware of the RNLI and the important work they do.
A big thank-you to all of the people who helped us from Kate form Shoreham Port, Eddie Toase Manager of Southwick train station and Paul and Rosemary from the RNLI.
Our team Ganadores is made up of: Lauren Mcilrath, Ashton Taylor, Diego Mcdonald Rodriguez, Callum Church, Ethan Everest, Jazmine Italia, Hannah Churchill, Charmaine Hughes, Simon Almond, Leonie Orme, Sophie Rose, Alice Daniel, Matt Angell, Justin Jones, Fiona Burton, Chelsea Scarsbrook, Miguel Romer- Calvo and Judith Ricketts.”
Keep an eye out at the station for this and the second part in the coming months.
Edenbridge Artwork with West Kent Extra
A group of seven young people from the West Kent Extra ‘House’ youth club in Edenbridge, youth workers and a volunteer artist, have added some superb artwork to Edenbridge station as part of a summer holiday project.
The group, who were supported by artist/project leader Graham Upton, worked on the design over the course of three days, following the fantastic underpass painting at Edenbridge Town station they undertook in 2015.
Sussex Community Rail Partnership’s Sharon Gray, who facilitated the project said: “If you are able to see this art in the flesh please do so as it is very difficult to get an idea of the scale and how beautiful it is from a photo. To the left the sign directs you to London and Gatwick, to the right it directs you to Tonbridge (thus the castle) and the coast, with the Southern train in the middle. I am reliably informed that the artwork in the underpass at Edenbridge Town, which was undertaken last year, is now a stand-alone visitor attraction with people going to the station specifically to see/photograph it, so this new master piece can be added to the list of attractions in the town.”
The project was made possible by generous grants from Southern, the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) and Kent County Council.
22nd August 2016
Go Learn wins Rail Industry Initiative award for Safety
On 24 June 2016 Angie Lowen for SCRP received the award along with Zoe Vale, Southern RNO Team Leader Coastal and Andy Harrowell, GTR Community Investment and Corporate Social Responsibility Manager.
Uckfield Children’s Safety Day
On 22 June the town of Uckfield held its Annual Uckfield Children’s Safety Day. This regular event is organised by the town with the hope of teaching their children how to keep themselves safe. The town’s central park is turned into a fun learning zone with various agencies attending to help spread the safety message. 352 year 3 and 4 children from ten local schools attended (although it seemed like many more) and had a great day learning, having fun and collecting a variety of freebies handed out by the stands.
Sussex Community Rail Partnership joined with the PCSO’s to play a fun game of ‘traffic light run a round’. The children were asked a number of questions and had to run to the traffic light they thought had the correct answer for example:
Does the electricity get turned off on Christmas Day?
How many football pitch lengths does it take for a train to stop?
Why should you stand behind the yellow line?
Donna Anderson Southern’s local area Manager added her support by spending the day helping to man the stand, working with the children and teachers and meeting various locals including the town’s Mayor Cllr Louise Eastwood.
The agencies who participated in this event were: Waitrose, East Sussex Highways, Radio Uckfield, British Transport Police, Police CCTV van, Southern Community PCSO’s (is that what they are called?), Sussex CRP, Network Rail, Fire Service, a vintage car, a vintage steam roller (you had better learn to give one of those a wide berth).
24th June 2016
An Arty Display at Dormans Station
Visitors to Dormans station are greeted by a colourful, multimedia artistic display thanks to the children of Dormansland Primary School. The subject of the display is ‘the rain forest’, however, the more observant visitor might notice that a Tyrannosaurus Rex has somehow managed to stumble into the rain forest.
Sussex Community Rail Partnership would like to thank Dormansland Primary School for their continued support and for helping to brighten up this very pretty, rural station.
Dormans station, on the East Grinstead line, is the ideal start point for a Sunday walk. The area by the station is criss-crossed with footpaths. Take the path immediately to the left of the station, follow the path through fields, along unmade up roads, past cottages with beautiful cottage gardens until you reach to top of the hill for amazing views from Sussex into Surrey. Or download one of our line guides for more walking suggestions.
21st June 2016
Southern and the community celebrates Her Majesty’s 90th together
On Sunday 12 June, Southern and Sussex Community Rail Partnership (SCRP), along with local partners, joined forces to organise four station events to help celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Whilst people headed to the Mall to join the Queen, events at Bexhill, Eridge, Horsham and Lewes, helped to replicate the atmosphere and enjoyment locally for passengers.
The events at Bexhill and Eridge kicked off first, with each hosting a tea party involving local station partners.
At Bexhill, Huseyin Ay, owner of the station’s coffee bar, provided cakes, including a birthday one, and soft drinks, to passengers. The event was organised by SCRP Line Officer, Kevin Barry, and Kevin Boorman, the chair of the Marshlink community rail partnership group, said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere at Bexhill station, with dozens of passengers enjoying their free treats. Southern provided badges and crayons for the children too, which were also popular. We even had regular commuters popping in because they’d seen what was going on on Facebook, it was great to welcome them too.
“Thanks must go to Kevin Barry for organising the event, to Huseyin Ay and his colleagues for providing and serving the cakes and drink, and to Southern for their financial support. Events like this show just what the community rail partnership is about.”
Meanwhile at Eridge slices of birthday cake and sparkling grape juice were served, whilst the building was decorated with bunting by Sharon Gray, SCRP Line Officer. The cake was made by a local business and received excellent praise from those in attendance. There was also gold crowns for people to wear as part of a photo competition, with the prize being a family day out ticket, donated by Southern.
In Lewes, the event started with a royal guided walk, starting and ending at the station. This was followed by a buffet lunch, before the local Mayor, blew out the candles and cut up a birthday cake. Sam Lear, Community Rail Development Manager, who organised the event, said: “I was very pleased with how it went and can’t believe the weather clear just in time, bang on 12 in time for the walk! I have already received feedback from people who enjoyed it and who commented on how nice the staff where, how much they enjoyed the walk and how lovely the food was. Those passengers who joined in really had a great time too!”
Following on Horsham provided cupcakes and tea for passengers. Veronica Payne, SCRP Line Officer for the Arun Valley, also provided a colouring competition for youngsters. Horsham MP Jeremy Quin, and his wife, along with Councillor Bob Lanzer all stopped by and enjoyed the cakes with passengers, who all enjoyed themselves, saying: “What a great idea” and “Cakes look amazing”.
Southern’s Passenger Services Director, Alex Foulds, said: “We are always working to put our stations at the heart of the communities they serve and this was a great opportunity for us to celebrate this important milestone with passengers and partners. My sincere thanks to the SCRP and everyone involved in putting on such great events for this once in a lifetime day.”
The events were all organised as part of the railway industries celebrations, known as “Station to Station.” The official website www.queenscelebration.com provides more information.
13th June 2016
Partnership On Track To Improve Station
Newhaven Town Councillor Simon Barnes who represents the Town Council on the Sussex Community Rail Partnership has brought together a group of local business people to brighten up Newhaven Town station.
Partners including Paradise Park, a family run garden centre led by Mark Gilbert, Sales Director and Burleys part of TCL group, grounds management team, and station manager Andy Gardner have created a collection of six large wooden planters, given by Paradise Park, which add colour and beauty to this central station within the town.
The planters will be cared for by Mark Tavener -Burleys Contract Manager and his team on a weekly basis together with Newhaven Town Council as part of their ongoing commitment to enhance the environment for the benefit of the local community and visitors to the town.
Speaking at the event to unveil the planters Cllr Barnes said :- “I am delighted with how well partners have worked together to improve the look of the station and this is just the beginning of the partnerships plans.”
Station manager Andy Gardner added :- “ It is good to work with members of the local community on projects like this. I am very grateful to all partners for the generosity they have shown in supplying and caring for the planters and flowers. The partnership is part of Southern Railway’s work with local communities which sees artwork and planting with a local focus at stations across the network.”
2nd June 2016
Piracy At Rye Station
A new exhibition of Captain Pugwash has just opened at Rye railway station, on the ‘Marshlink’ line in East Sussex..
It is a joint initiative between the Sussex Community Rail Partnership (‘SCRP’), and the family of the late John Ryan, the author of the Captain Pugwash books and creator of the TV programmes.
Kevin Barry, the SCRP’s Marshlink development officer explained :- “The first display at Rye station was put up last year and proved to be very popular. Visitors and local residents were thrilled to see the story appear from one of Rye’s most famous sons.
“This year the story continues with some new displays. Isabel Ryan , John’s daughter, has put the display together along with the support and help of her mother, Priscilla Ryan, the wife of the late john Ryan.
“We also have the John Ryan memorial garden at Rye station which was dedicated to John in 2015. We hope visitors will go outside the station and see that too.”
31st May 2016