for the Station House in Campsea Ashe
Station House Community Connections is a charitable Community Benefit Society formed to take on the lease of the disused Station House in Campsea Ashe (serving Wickham Market station). It will bring the house back to life as a new community amenity and provide a service for the benefit of the local area and beyond.
Key features combine historical purpose with heritage and community function.
The aim is to foster new relationships, social and business networking; a common purpose that can engage with all our local communities, heritage and environmental groups, public service and voluntary organisations, businesses, local and regional government.
In 1859 the railway line and station at Campsea Ashe were part of the national revolution in transport which brought with it the standardisation of time measurement and the telegram. Whilst such feats seem small in comparison to the modern world, our vision is to treat the Station House regeneration with the same level of seriousness and ambition. Our challenge is to ensure it is fit for purpose well into the 21st century, and continuing to meet the needs of our communities.
Today’s railway catchment is wide but includes a cluster of 11 parishes linked by geography and/or rural context where infrastructure to support community growth is limited. These form the focus of our Charitable Objects in helping to build sustainable rural communities.
The house has had a checkered history since the Beeching closures in 1967, but remained empty since 2005 after Suffolk County Council took ownership to enable the road bridge reconstruction over the railway.
After taking advice we have the right form of organisation to ensure the stewardship and management of the building will be in safe hands, with the ability to adapt to future needs. We submitted a business plan in October and a full repairing lease is being offered providing we can meet the capital costs.
We would be delighted if you felt able to support the proposal and make a contribution to help turn the vision into reality.
Robert Webb (Chairman)