PRIMARY SCHOOLS ‘DRESS THE TREE’ FOR LOCAL STATION
In what has now become a traditional, welcomed start to the festive season at Angmering Station the three local primary schools (Georgian Gardens Community Primary School, Rustington Primary School and Summerlea Primary School) ‘dressed the tree’ in The Booking Office.
As part of the Community Railway Partnership Project groups of children from the schools joined station staff, school staff and members of ‘Sidetracked’ (the group of volunteers responsible for the art displays and installations in the Booking Office and the platform areas) to hang the decorations.
A feature much appreciated by all who enjoyed the tree throughout the holiday period was that all the decorations were hand made by the children in their school art lessons. Where possible, recycled materials were used e.g. silver bubble wrap refashioned into angels to float among the branches, slices of wood painted with pictures of trees and coloured paper shaped into garlands.
Thanks goes to Haskins Garden Centre for the donation of the tree…..and a really splendid one at that!
The art and literacy on the display boards in the Booking Office showcasing the work of Georgian Gardens Community Primary School commemorating the end of World War 1 was also given a festive feel with red, white and blue patriotic paper chains in keeping with Christmas decorations of wartime Britain.
‘Sidetracked’; the ongoingProject which is creating a wildlife garden and art installation alongside the westbound platform ran workshops for the children at Georgian Gardens Community Primary School to create Christmas crafts to hang on the Pallet Trees which are a feature of the project.
Station Staff reported many positive and appreciative comments from passengers throughout the holiday period. “I was delighted to see the tradition of the tree has continued this year….it brightens every journey”. “Well done to the children for making such beautiful decorations, they should be very proud of what they are doing for our community station.” “Even on a dull wintery evening the Booking Office looks welcoming and Christmassy, thank you to everyone involved in this lovely project”