Thursday, 4 September 2014

George and Charmaine putting up their last exhibition

In August 2014, George and Charmaine put up their last exhibition of Jane Watson's work, before handing over to another Jane (Jane Ostler) - the new curator of the Crab and Winkle Gallery. Jane Ostler can be contacted on if you would like to apply to exhibit your art or craft work.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014


It’s virtually ‘all change’ at our station project. Charmaine & George McKissock
are taking more of a back seat, and making way for new & enthusiastic
curators of our Art Exhibitions, and our ‘Words down the Line’ writers

Jane Ostler, who has previously exhibited with us (remember her
‘orange-themed’ exhibition?), will be looking after future art exhibitions on
the platforms & booking hall. Joining her will be Sue Dawes (who was once
responsible for the art exhibitions at the station), who will be taking charge
of local writers work showcased in our ‘Words Down the Line’ leaflets.

Our latest exhibition will display the work of local artist Jane Watson,
featuring a display of family pets on platform 2, and two Colne-side scenes in
the booking hall cabinets. We’ll also be featuring the work of Hilary Lazell
& Martin Newell, with a piece called ‘Leaves Down the Line’ on platform 1,
which features Hilary’s illustrations & Martin’s text (apparently also
available in advent calendar format). Jane can be contacted on:

Sue Dawes first ‘Words Down the Line’ leaflet features the work of
Jonathan King, Helen Chambers & Nicole Weller, and also features some
useful contact details for a variety of creative groups. Again, these leaflets
are available free in the station booking hall.
Sue Dawes can be contacted on:

We’re also celebrating our second anniversary of ‘Books Down the Line’,
which has proved very popular since the Garrett’s initial donation of bookcase
& books back in 2012. A big thank you to all who have contributed to the
success of this project: your kindly (& timely!) donations have almost
ensured that this initiative has become ‘self-managing’ !

We’re going to continue to manage the latter, and keep an overview of
the ‘Off the Rails’ project, including the station garden, (many thanks for all
your kind & supportive words during Gardens Open Day), so our train hasn’t
quite left the station yet…

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

WDTL Summer 2014 edition

Words Down the Line will be available to take on your journey from tomorrow, at Wivenhoe station (and at a later date, Colchester station).  This Summer edition sees writing from both beginners and the more advanced, as well as some useful information on groups in the area.
If you are a writer (both beginner and advanced) and fancy a stab at composing something on the subject of 'Autumn' (this can be 'change', the landscape or an interpretation of your choice), we are taking submissions until the end of September, for the October publication.
Please send your stories/memoirs (of 250 words or less) or poetry to  All writing will be forwarded to a guest editor who will decide what will appear in the next publication.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Jane Watson and Hilary Lazell: Summer Exhibition

From the beginning of August 2014 right through till autumn, Jane Watson will be exhibiting her paintings in the Ticket Hall and in the Crab and Winkle Gallery on Platform One .

Jane is a self taught artist.  She likes to paint boldly with bright colours in oil or acrylic and has produced a collection of colourful paintings of various subject matters. Jane says “there is a passion within my soul that drives me to experiment with colour primarily and with different shapes and ideas”.  Her inspiration comes from nature and particularly the changing landscape around the river with the rise and fall of the tide.  Jane also produces a range of colourful greetings cards.

You can see more of Jane’s work on her website, and in the 'Art's section of this site.

Wivenhoe artist Hilary Lazell will be contributing a beautiful new illustrated poetry poster “Leaves Down the Line” on Platform 1. Hilary has been scribbling away with pens, pencils, ink and paper for most of her life.  The combination of words and pictures is fundamental to all her work and this poster is no exception.  “Leaves Down the Line” illustrates lines by poet Martin Newell.

The images with poetry are available as A1 posters and a very nifty little advent calendar in a jewel case. Ideal presents. Contact Hilary Lazell: 

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Wild About Wivenhoe

From April 25th to May 18th, there will be a range of  special wildlife events in Wivenhoe. Off the Rails is joining in!

We are offering a nature-themed edition of Words Down the Line (free as usual in the Ticket Hall ); an exhibition of wildlife photography & poetry (on the platforms), and opening the newly-planted Station Garden on May 18th. To celebrate the opening, there will be special artwork in the garden and kids' activities and goodies.

Please come and visit us at Wivenhoe Station on the 18th from11am till 4pm. We would love to show you around.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Telling Stories

January to April 2014

The 'Telling Stories'  exhibition is an enchanting collection from three Wivenhoe illustrators of stories: Hilary Lazell, Charmaine McKissock, and Alison Stockmarr.

The main exhibitor is Wivenhoe artist Hilary Lazell. Hilary has been scribbling away with pens, pencils, ink and paper for most of her life.  The combination of words and pictures is fundamental to all her work and this exhibition is no exception.  “An Essex Calendar” on platform 1 Illustrates twelve verses, originally created from a poem written by Martin Newell.

Charmaine McKissock and Alison Stockmarr both contribute quirky illustrations previously published alongside children's stories. 

There is a story within every picture in this charming and thought-provoking exhibition.  So just stop for a little while and let the imagination do the rest...