Abbey Line Community Rail Fun Day Raffle Winners

Written by Edna Woname on . Posted in Latest News

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Community Rail Fun Day on 2nd June. We hope you enjoyed the afternoon with us and the entertainment too.

Below is a list of the prize winners who filled in our survey to enter the Free Prize draw. I will contact you individually to arrange collection of your prizes.

If you did not ‘opt in’ to receive notification of future events and news and would like to do so, please do sign up for our newsletter via our website or send me an email request and I will add you on.

Congratulations to our winners

Ticket number 159 – Wendy Jones – Two Standard train tickets for use on London Midland Network

Ticket number 166 – Kuniko Shinozawa –  Westminster Lodge Family leisure swim voucher and a bottle of wine

Ticket number 19 – Andrew Shepherd – Children’s Thomas The Tank Engine puzzle set and a bottle of wine

Ticket number 17 – Preeti Mistry – £10 Argos voucher and a bottle of wine

Ticket number 7 – Kate Watson – Children’s’ Thomas and friends play engine toy

Ticket number 11 – Stuart James – Westminster Lodge Family leisure swim voucher and a bottle of wine

Ticket number  158 – Scott Buchanan – Children’s’ Thomas & Percy starter set and a bottle of wine

Ticket number 22 – Claire Melville- Kiely – Westminster Lodge Family leisure swim voucher and a bottle of wine

Ticket number 169 – Joanne Nelson – Two bottles of red wine

Ticket number 184 – Esther Hutson – Two Standard train tickets for use on London Midland Network and a bottle of wine

Please note prizes must be claimed by 31st July 17 or will be forfeited. We will contact winners by phone / email only with the information given on the entry form.

 

Abbey Line Community Rail Fun Day 2nd June 2017

Written by Edna Woname on . Posted in Events, Latest News

Join us for an afternoon of fun and activities for all ages whilst learning about the Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership and how it’s making a difference on the Abbey Line.

Learn more about our various volunteer opportunities or how you, your organisation, friends, family or local group can  ‘Adopt a Station’ on the line.

Venue and time:  St Albans Abbey Station Car Park on Friday 2nd June 2017 from 11am to 3pm | FREE entry

There will be a ‘ride on’ model train run by the North London Society Of Engineers, music by The Mardi Gras Jazz Band, face painting by Blue Orange Images, art and games for kids, ice cream vendor Tonino Gelato, hot & cold drinks vendor The Cats and Dogs Café, award winning magician Lewis Joss and balloon modeller Random Mike Performance & Entertainment will be on selected trains ** as well to entertain you.

There will also be a raffle on the day with amazing prizes to be won !

Look out for our specially decorated carriages if travelling on the Abbey Line to the event on 2nd June, Kids travel FREE on selected off peak trains* when travelling with a full paying adult.

We will also be joined by; The Abbey Theatre, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership, Country Side Management Service, Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, Abbey Line Station Adopters, Oakland College, St Albans Signal Box & Preservation Trust.

Travel Information : The St Albans Abbey Station Car Park will be closed all day for the event.  We encourage visitors to travel to the event by public transport, limited parking may be available at Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre and The Abbey theatre, please note parking fees may apply.

Train: Abbey Line from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey Station.

Buses: 724, 321, SC1 from St Albans City Station to St Albans Abbey Station.

**The following trains will have either our balloon modeller or magician on board

11:09 Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey
11:30  St Albans Abbey to Watford Junction
11:54  Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey
12:15  St Albans Abbey to Watford Junction
12:46 Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey
13:07 St Albans Abbey to Watford Junction
13:33 Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey
13:54 St Albans Abbey to Watford Junction
14:16 Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey
14:37 St Albans Abbey to Watford Junction

*Please note London Midland Off peak times apply. Check with the ticket office (Watford Junction) or http://www.londonmidland.com for train tickets and travel information.

This event is supported by: Association of Community Rail Partnerships, AECOM, Hertfordshire County Council, Watford Borough Council, St Albans City & District Council, Enjoy St Albans, London Midland, Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and Network Rail.

We look forward to seeing you there !

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These licences ensure that music publishers, songwriters and composers are fairly rewarded with royalties so they can keep making music – and mean that we’re able to support music at events like this.
For more information about PRS for Music or music licensing, visit www.prsformusic.com or call 0800 068 4828

 

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Prizes Awarded to Abbey Line Love Your Community Rail Month Winners

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Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership held ‘Love your Community Rail Month’ in March as part of its ongoing community engagement.

Primary and secondary school children along the line, which runs from Watford to St Albans, were asked to show how they loved the Abbey Line through an art and photography competition.

The winning entry from eight-year-old Nathan Doggett showed how he and his younger brothers, Seth and Jesse, loved using Park Street station complete with their own specially designed T-shirts!

Nathan and his school, Park Street CofE Primary, received certificates and prizes from Edna Woname, Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership Officer, and Steve Helfet, Head of West Coast Services for London Midland. The prize won was a 1st class family ticket for use on the London Midland network, £15 book tokens and £40 book tokens for his school.

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Image (left): The Winner, Nathan Doggett

Featured are: Steve Helfet, Head of West Coast Services at London Midland and Edna Woname

 

 

Image (right): Seth Doggett and the school were presented with certificates for taking part and their support.

 

 

Here’s what you said…

Nathan’s mother, Lorraine Doggett, said: “We are absolutely thrilled by Nathan winning first prize. We as a family are big supporters of the Line.”

Head teacher of Park Street CofE Primary & Nursery, Mr Simon Horleston said, “We are delighted that Nathan has won this competition!”

Edna Woname, Abbey Line CRP Officer said: “We wanted our Community to capture the Abbey Line through their art and photos. We were delighted by the standard of the entries and Nathan is a very worthy winner. We’re grateful for the support of London Midland and the local schools that encouraged their pupils to take part.”

Steve Helfet, Head of West Coast Services for London Midland, said: “We’re delighted to be a part of the Community Rail Partnership and involved in this type of initiative. I loved Nathan’s entry and it was great to see how pleased he was when he found out he had won the competition.”

Press Release

Download: Press Release – Love your Community Rail Month Winners March 2017 (PDF 500KB)

New bus service for St. Albans station

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A new bus service linking St Albans’ railway stations and the city centre has been launched.

The Abbey Shuttle connects the St Albans Abbey Station and St Albans City Station via St Peter’s Street with the timetable scheduled to coincide with train arrivals and departures.

The service is a 12-month pilot funded by a £129k grant from the Department for Transport. All profits from the service will be reinvested in the route and if successful the contract will extend past the one year trial project.

Derrick Ashley, Cabinet Member for Transport, said:

“With very few bus services scheduled around train timetables this new route will make passenger transport an even more convenient and attractive option.”

“We want to see better connections between different modes of travel in Hertfordshire and we are pushing the Government and transport operators to improve these links.”

“We hope that the Abbey Shuttle will encourage more people to leave their cars at home, which will be good for both traffic congestion and air quality in St Albans.”

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Above: Derrick Ashley (Cabinet Member for Transport – left), Frances Leonard (Mayor of St Albans – centre), Edna Woname (Abbey Line Community Rail Officer) and Sandy Walkington (County Councillor for St Albans South – right) among others at the official launch on Friday afternoon.

Transport Vision 2050

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Public Consultation on a new Local Transport Plan for Hertfordshire

Hertforshire County Council recently released ‘Transport Vision 2050 – A Public Consultation on a new Local Transport Plan for Hertfordshire’. This consultation report includes a set of proposals for the longer term future of services on the Abbey Line. The County Council has clarified that this is a consultation on possible long-term options, looking ahead to 2050, and that it is fully-supportive of the rail link in the short to medium term.

The CRP will make its own response to the consultation and you can make your views known either directly to the County Council, or through the CRP.

To read the consultation document please use the link below or visit the Herts County Council website.

www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/your-council/consult/

ACoRP Community Rail Awards 2016

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Contemplation Seats – a project on the neighbouring Marston Vale CRP line, with artist Sally Annett, was recently shortlisted for the ACoRP Community Rail Awards 2016 (under Category 2B ‘Community Art Schemes: Renewable & Smaller Projects’).

We were also delighted to learn that another Marston Vale CRP project had been shortlisted for a second award; a photographic competition – ‘The Essence of Community Rail’.  The shortlisted photograph was taken by staff from Elstow School and features a young student proudly displaying a hand crafted railway ticket, which was used during a visit to Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre, Bedfordshire.

Winners were announced at the gala dinner and presentation evening in Southport on Thursday 29th September, 2016.

Visit the project website here: www.contemplationseats.com
You can learn more about ACoRP here: (www.acorp.uk.com).
You can learn more about the Martson Vale CRP here: www.marstonvalecommunityrail.org.uk

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Garston Station waiting shelter wins award

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Innovation in Community Rail – Award winning Garston Station Waiting Shelter!

At the National Community Rail Awards on 2nd October 2014 this shelter was recognised as providing an innovative solution to trying to combat vandalism. We proudly took second place in this award category.

This exciting project, delivered by Groundwork Hertfordshire, has transformed the waiting shelter with new stainless steel  artwork panels. Inspiration for the designs were taken from posters created by the pupils at Berrygrove Academy in the summer of 2013.

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National Award for local children

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St Albans Abbey station mosaics project wins second place at National Community Rail awards for Permanent Community Art Scheme

Children from St Peter’s School in St Albans have designed some fantastic mosaics to brighten up the approach to St Albans Abbey Station. The mosaics depict a roman theme, in keeping with the historic roman history of St Albans, and were all produced from pupils’ original drawings.

ACoRP Community Rail Awards 2015

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Award Category: Best Marketing Campaign

(Sponsored by Rail Media)

The Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership & Hertfordshire Countryside Management Service won a ‘bronze’ award for the ‘Launch of the Abbey Line Trail’

More specifically, ACoRP was impressed with the team’s work in helping promote the Line for Off-Peak leisure activities.  The campaign for the launch of this nine mile waymarked walking route started with early promotions using posters, flyers, leaflets and promotional displays at public events.

Closer to the launch date the campaign gained momentum with posters on trains and at stations. Articles in magazines, newsletters and press releases encouraged tweets and coverage on multiple websites.  A launch event with walks led from two stations resulted in widespread coverage and ongoing interest.

Winners were announced at the gala dinner and presentation evening.

You can learn more about ACoRP here: (www.acorp.uk.com).

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    Abbey Line CRP
    Watford Borough Council
    Town Hall
    Hempstead Road
    Watford
    WD17 3EX

    T: (01923) 278214
    M: 07534 484964
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    info@abbeyline.org.uk
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    Edna Woname
    CRP Officer
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