Friday, 26 April 2013

Station Master's Garden open to visitors on 6th May


Spring seems finally to be upon us and things have started growing with gusto in the Station Garden. Unfortunately a good proportion of them are weeds!

Chris, Jean and Nadia recently met at the garden for a spot of weeding and general tidying up. It was good to see several things sprouting up aside from weeds. A plethora of forget-me-nots are covering many parts of the garden. Other than where they were interfering with other plants, we left these because they look very pretty. The flowers are edible and can be used to garnish salads (or cocktails!).

The garden will be open to visitors on the 6th May as part of the the 150th anniversary of Wivenhoe station from 12-2. You are very welcome to come and have a chat and see what's happening in the lovely little garden.

For a full description of what is being planted in the garden, please go to:

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Railway Anniversary Banner

On behalf of the Wivenhoe Quay Quilters, Peter Hill presented a banner to Wivenhoe Society President Tom Roberts and Vice-Chairman Pat Smith that they had made to commemorate the arrival of the railway to Wivenhoe 150 years ago. Quay Quilters have produced this magnificent piece of work that had been designed by Anne Wellington and made by Jane Brooks, Janice Alston and Janet Bateman.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Prize-winning photographer Will K Davis contributes to station Anniversary

'Lines' by Will K Davis
The work of Wivenhoe-based photographer, Will K Davis has been published in a number of photographic journals, including Practical Photography and PhotoPlus. He is the Winner of the National Gallery’s ‘Exploring The Landscape’ 2013 competition. ‘Lines’ is an abstract photograph of the Wivenhoe railway lines, created specifically to celebrate 150 years of the Wivenhoe Railway Line.  

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Wivenhoe Photography Group contributes to Anniversary celebration

'Dreaming the Past' photograph by Adrian Multon, incorporating a drawing by Charmaine McKissock
Adrian Multon is delighted to be part in this exhibition marking 150 years of Wivenhoe Railway Station. Off the Rails commissioned Adrian Multon to create the above photograph on the theme of the present and the past of Wivenhoe Station.  'Dreaming the Past' uses cutting edge skill to incorporate a line drawing by Charmaine McKissock into the composition. This gives a dreamy ghostly feel to the atmosphere of the picture.

Adrian is a freelance commercial photographer. His commissioned work includes product, advertising, catalogue and editorial photography.Adrian also works with individuals and groups of all ages to improve their photographic and image editing skills.In 2010 he ran a series of one day Photoshop Workshops at the Nottage.

Adrian's personal work nestles somewhere between fantasy and reality, and is broadly guided by the pictorialist movement of the late 19th and early 20th century.He has exhibited in Colchester, London, Brighton, San Francisco and, of course, his adopted home town of nearly 20 years, Wivenhoe. His work has been published in various books and magazines, including front covers for Fusion Flowers and Colchester 101 magazines.


Adrian belongs to the Wivenhoe Photography Group (WPG). WPG is an informal collective of photographers who meet once or twice a month to take pictures and discuss photography in the context of the wider art world. They also undertake the occasional group exhibition.They are not a camera club, so it doesn't matter the size of your equipment - just what you do with it.They do not charge any subs, and the only criteria for joining are enthusiasm for art and a relaxed attitude to life.

6 year old artist commissioned for anniversary exhibition

Off the Rails commissioned artist Miles Black from Wivenhoe to design a poster for Wivenhoe Station’s 150th anniversary. Miles is now aged 7 and joins a long tradition of Wivenhoe artists. He works with great commitment using charcoal and poster-paints, especially still life and landscapes. His dream is to be a professional artist, such as Manet, Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Renoir, and Henri Rousseau.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Wivenhoe Station Memories

 These photographs of Wivenhoe station and station staff from past times have been donated by the curator of Wivenhoe Memories exhibition, John Stewart, to Off the Rails for their special 150th Anniversary celebration in May 2013.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

What is‘Off the Rails’ project all about?

‘Off the Rails’ is about local people contributing to the appearance and community feel of their station. So we came up with the idea of showcasing local creative talent.
We believe in encouraging budding artists, writers, craft makers and gardeners to share their work with visitors to Wivenhoe station.  We also invite more established writers and artists to contribute to a rolling programme of exhibitions.

Wivenhoe attracts many visitors and residents because of its vibrant arts and literary scenes, and a large number of rail travelers use the station every week. Whether you are queuing at the ticket office, waiting for a train, or just feeling a bit blue, we hope the exhibits will delight, challenge or inspire you on your journey.

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Photo by Matt Linley


In 2012, the project won a National award for its community work.