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Station House project in Campsea Ashe celebrates National Railway Heritage Award

Left to right: Jenny Labbett, Trustee-Director, John Curley of the National Railway Heritage Awards committee, Rosamund Guest of Honour and Deputy Managing Director and Sector Director for Rail at Taylor Woodrow Webb, Founder Trustee and Station House Manager, Fred Garner Picture: STATION HOUSE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Left to right: Jenny Labbett, Trustee-Director, John Curley of the National Railway Heritage Awards committee, Rosamund Guest of Honour and Deputy Managing Director and Sector Director for Rail at Taylor Woodrow Webb, Founder Trustee and Station House Manager, Fred Garner Picture: STATION HOUSE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

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The dedicated team behind the revamp of Station House in Campsea Ashe have celebrated receiving a National Railway Heritage Award.

John Curley of the National Railway Heritage Awards committee addressing 57+ guests at the unveiling ceremony Picture: STATION HOUSE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONSJohn Curley of the National Railway Heritage Awards committee addressing 57+ guests at the unveiling ceremony Picture: STATION HOUSE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

The Station House passed out of railway ownership in 1967 and stood empty until 2006.

But following a near five-year fundraising campaign the group behind the refurbishment – Station House Community Connections (SHCC) – have transformed the building into a successful community asset.

The innovative project was awarded The Taylor Woodrow Partnership Award at the National Railway Heritage Awards in December in recognition of ‘improvements to or restoration of a historic railway to tramway’.

Members of the awards committee, fundraisers, donors and SHCC members got together on Friday to unveil a plaque at the station. To make it extra special, the Station House was also celebrating its first anniversary since re-opening.

The Taylor Woodrow Partnership Award 2017 was presented by the National Railway Heritage Awards to Station House Community Connections, and unveiled on 1st June 2018 Picture: STATION HOUSE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONSThe Taylor Woodrow Partnership Award 2017 was presented by the National Railway Heritage Awards to Station House Community Connections, and unveiled on 1st June 2018 Picture: STATION HOUSE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

To mark the occasion, SHCC has launched a new outdoor community garden and cafe seating area as well as an exhibiting space for artists.

Founder and trustee Rosamund Webb described the award as “the icing on the cake”.

She said: “We opened a year ago after a year’s building work and nearly five years of fundraising in order to transform Station House.

“We already have a cafe, meeting room and information services. But what we have been able to now open is an outside seating area and a community garden where people can grow, tend and pick vegetables.

The new Station House Community Garden, including flowers, vegetables and outdoor seating, launched at the celebrations Picture: STATION HOUSE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONSThe new Station House Community Garden, including flowers, vegetables and outdoor seating, launched at the celebrations Picture: STATION HOUSE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

“The vision for the Station House was that it is a way of bringing people together in a place that doesn’t have many places to network and meet.

“It is a way of enhancing the rural environment and the architectural landscape. The award was the icing on the cake.”

Unveiling the plaque, Fred Garner, of Taylor Woodrow, said he was delighted the Station House had won the award, saying effective teamwork is crucial to delivering successful projects, especially when there are lots of stakeholders involved.

He said: “Aligning them all to achieve an outstanding outcome for the local community, as has been achieved here, is a real achievement and everyone involved is to be congratulated.”

Guests celebrating both the National Railway Heritage Award and the Station House’s first anniversary since reopening in June 2017 Picture: STATION HOUSE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONSGuests celebrating both the National Railway Heritage Award and the Station House’s first anniversary since reopening in June 2017 Picture: STATION HOUSE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

For more information on the Station House project, go to www.stationhousecampseaashe.co.uk

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