In the Booking Hall, we display a wide variety of crafts and pictures from local makers and artists, both amateur and professional.  



Booking Hall Cabinets: Foxes by Richard Boardman

At an early age Wivenhoe artist Richard W. Boardman was exposed to the rich use of animal imagery in Russian folk stories. He trained at both the Colchester School of Art and the Central School of Art & Design, London. His main interest continues to be in animal forms, some of which combine mythical elements. Intrinsic to every work is his sense of humour which is evident in the two pieces exhibited in Wivenhoe Station. The two foxes are cut-outs in plywood and maquettes for possible future work in metal or bronze. To see further examples of work please go to website: 


Booking Hall Cabinets: Lucinda Kersley, Kayleigh Marshall, Olivia Samson and Kelly Wright 

Screen printed textile, hand embroidered bag and hand moulded brooches by Lucinda Kersley, Kayleigh Marshall, Olivia Samson and Kelly Wright trainees at a workskills training centre in Colchester: ArtC@Level Best.Contact: 01206 366059 htttp://www/



  Exhibition by Alison Stockmarr

Booking Office and Platforms: Featuring Alison's latest work of ‘The Magic Suitcase of Makedoandmend’ is a wise and witty storybook with collage pictures, set in a land where recycling is woven into the fabric of everyday life, but things weren’t always so…


  Silk Scarves by Jane Ostler

These two silk scarves were made on a whim.  One is about the sea and has Poseidon or Neptune in the center of the design, a ‘rock-pool God”, holding his trident like a guitar.  The other is about the sky, with a ‘comet woman’ lifting her arms up to space, made of the same atoms as her body.

About Jane Ostler:
"I was born in Tonbridge in 1958. I studied at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham 1976-1980 and Goldsmiths, London 1983-5.  In 1987 I was Printmaker in Residence at Peterborough General Hospital. My husband Paul and I moved to Essex with our three young children in 1996.  In 2003 I was Artist in Residence for National AIDS DAY at Colchester Borough Council and since 2007 I have worked as Art Development Officer at the Level Best ArtCafe, Colchester. My art studio is a small space in the back of our garage.   I work on large paintings in the garden in summer when the weather permits."


Commemorative Brass Plaque designed by C.McKissock



Oil painting by Jane Ostler

For our Spring exhibition, in the Booking Office Cabinets, you will find two new oil paintings by Jane Ostler: ‘Japanese Cherry’ and ‘Matisse in Nature’. They explore themes of the impermanence of beauty, loss, and the changing cycles of life and nature.

Jane was born in Tonbridge in 1958. She studied at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham 1976-1980 and Goldsmiths, London 1983-5. In 1987 she was Printmaker in Residence at Peterborough General Hospital. Her family moved to Essex in 1996. In 2003 she was Artist in Residence for National AIDS DAY at Colchester Borough Council and since 2007 she has worked as Art Development Officer at the Level Best ArtCafe, Colchester.

To contact Jane: 07941837433 - email:




  'Mermaid' and 'Grazing Sheep' by C.McKissock

These two pieces are made using an ancient Rag Rug technique. This is the ultimate recycling craft: nearly any old material can be cut into strips and pushed or pulled through hessian to form a ‘rug’. Here this ancient craft is used as an art form to create wall hangings or jewellery etc. Contact if you want to learn more about making a rag rug.

'Christmas Recycled'

A tree made by Sue Dawes from twigs collected from the University grounds and an origami wreath made by Sue Dawes from wrapping paper, foil and magazines.


'Rag rugs and quilting'
by Charmaine McKissock

Charmaine McKissock trained in Contemporary Arts & Textiles in the Orkney Isles. She has made illustrations and publications for many voluntary organisations and charities. She is a published author and producer of a radio programme ‘Wivenhoe Women’, which aims to give a voice to local women about their lives, opinions and interests. She is settled in Wivenhoe and works as a consulting specialist in Learning and Literacy difficulties.

Juliet Lockhart

Designed on felt, these images use Culpeppers remedies as their inspiration.
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Millfields Primary School

Millfields Primary School caters for children aged between 4-11, and is located in Wivenhoe. The aim of the school is to provide a caring environment for children and as such, offers a wide range of balanced learning opportunities for all children to help them grow into independent and responsible people.Among its awards, Millfields have been presented with the School Achievement Award in 2002 for achieving better results in 2001 than other comparable schools , and the Schools Curriculum Award for its work in developing and strengthening positive links with the local community.

The school aims and philosophy can be summarised as:‘Caring People; Happy, Confident Learners; High Achievers.’ To contact: or call 01206 823044

The Wivenhoe Pre-school

Wivenhoe Preschool, based at the Congregational Church Hall in Wivenhoe, is an Ofsted registered, parent-led pre-school. The Pre-school caters for children from 2 years old to reception age, and specialises in Makaton and Behavioural Management. This is a small, safe playgroup, with excellent facilities, open Monday-Friday (term -time only). For more information or to visit call 0759 4580055 or 07792127089 (weekends)

Broomgrove Junior School

Felt toys made by pupils of year 5 including Rhianna Dickson, Jess Scott, Harry Hubert and James Imrie

Textile work created by all years on theme Outside/In
Broomgrove Junior School is a two-form entry school, situated in Wivenhoe, with eight classes, catering for children aged 7-11. The school caters for all ranges of ability and has a large number of pupils from around the world; it is close to Essex University. The curriculum offered by the school is broad, deep and exciting, and the school prides itself in teaching skills within the context of the National Curriculum to enable lifelong learning; providing a sound foundation for each child’s future education. In addition, the school shares a swimming pool on-site with the infant school, which is used in the summer, and very few pupils leave the school unable to swim.
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Sue Dawes

Collage trains made by Sue Dawes from recycled materials, including chip forks, dry lentils, plastic tubs, felt and toilet rolls. Over-painted with acrylic inks, paints and pastel.


Woolly Thoughts

The cabinets in the Booking Office, now have a display from community knitting group, 'Woolly Thoughts'. Contributors include Sylvia, Helen, Wendy, Jenny and Margie.

The group meet on a Wednesday morning in the shed behind the bookshop between 10-12, where they put the world to rights, while they knit. Anyone interested in joining the group can either ring 01206 824050 or visit the bookshop website for more details.

This beautiful quilt was made by Sheila Stevenson and is part of the permanent collection for Off the Rails