Author: andy place

On Saturday 15th December, the 13:28 train from Maidstone West had some very famous visitors on board. Over 80 people boarded the train to meet Santa and his wife. There were plenty of activities to do throughout the two hour trip and a fantastic balloon modeller and face painter on board. Spiderman also made an unexpected appearance to entertain the excited children and parents.

This was the first Santa Train event that Kent CRP have hosted and they would like to thank the following people for all the support:

Councillors Keith Adkinson and Paul Turner from the Fant Ward who provided funding towards the event.
Southeastern for providing an extra carriage and then donating all the train fares to the Railway Children Chariety.
The Potted Garden for providing a Christmas Tree.
Spiderman, Zoe the Balloon Modeller and Summer the Face Painter.
Santa, his wife and all the fantastic volunteers and Elves for helping with the event.

                            

Father Christmas and his Elves look forward to welcoming you at 12:45 at Maidstone West Station on 15th December for our 2 hour train ride.

Tickets are now available to purchase. Adults are priced at £10 and children £1. To purchase your tickets just click Eventbrite.Book now to avoid disappointment as numbers are limited.

On Thursday 29th November, commuters at Tonbridge Station were in for a pleasant surprise. As they boarded and alighted from the trains, they were greeted by 10 students from Five Acre Wood School, full of festive cheer and singing Christmas songs.
The students also had the opportunity to see behind the scenes at Tonbridge Station and see the security cameras in action.
Kent CRP are working with Five Acre Wood on a project at Snodland Station and this was additional opportunity to provide some valuable train travel training for the students.
Thank you to Tonbridge Station and all the staff involved in hosting the event and welcoming the students and teachers. Also thank you to the generous commuters who provided support and donated some money towards the new hydrotherapy pool the school are fund raising for. We would also like to thank the teachers at Five Acre Wood for organising the performance and giving their time to the event.
Here are a couple of photos from the event and well done to all the students involved, the singing and atmosphere created was fantastic.

        

Did you have chance to see the wonderful Sea Folk Sing Choir this weekend on your travels? If not or you would like to relive some of the moments again then please click here or on our newly created page that has just been added to our website.

On Sunday 11th November, to help commemorate the one hundreth anniversary of the end of World War One, Kent CRP organised a choir to sing on the Swail Rail Line from Sittingbourne to Sheerness on Sea.

Never Again by Kent composer Emily Peasgood was sung by Sea Folk Sing, 30 local singers who formed a community choir. They performed on the train platform at Sittingbourne, on the train travelling to Queenborough, on the bridge at Queenborough station and on the return train journey from Sheerness to Sittingbourne.  The music was heard by over 200 audience members and passengers as they went about their Sun afternoon journeys.

Composer Emily Peasgood says:
“Never Again is a thought-provoking piece. It transforms the audience to 100 years ago. It features tape recordings from the First World War to create an experience for visitors, while drawing parallels with the political climate today.”

 

On Saturday 10th November, Strood Station hosted our first choir event of the weekend. Never Again by Kent composer Emily Peasgood was sung by Sea Folk Sing, 30 local singers who formed a community choir. They performed on the train platform and in the underpass to Station Road. The music was heard by over 200 passengers as they went about their Sat afternoon journeys. The event was to help commemorate the one hundreth anniversary of the end of World War One.
Composer Emily Peasgood says:
“Never Again is a thought-provoking piece. It transforms the audience to 100 years ago. It features tape recordings from the First World War to create an experience for visitors, while drawing parallels with the political climate today.”

On a cold Sunday in October, a  group of willing volunteers braved the elements and planted over 3,500 crocus bulbs in support of World Polio Day 2018. The volunteers included those from the Maidstone Dawn Patrol and the Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club repectively. The purple crocus has become a symbol of the Rotary’s fight to end polio, as the colour purple represents the colour of the dye placed on a child’s finger to show they have been immunised against the disease. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1 so every £1 raised becomes £3.

We all look forward to seeing a blanket of purple crocuses adorning Maidstone Barracks in the spring time and helping to raise awareness for the eradication of Polio.

  

Kent CRP are delighted to announce that they were awarded The Community Art Scheme Award at the recent ACoRP Awards ceromony in Glasgow.The award was in recognition of the wonderful work that Bradfields Academy did in partnership with the British Transport Police, to raise awareness of the text 61016 campaign.