Join us in raising funds for the Station House
Talk Train Trail Tea on 3rd May 2015 raised £244
Summary of event
On Sunday 3rd May, 37 walkers enjoyed a Talk, Train, Trail and Tea with a brief introduction to local railway history; a train journey from Wickham Market Station to Melton; a glorious walk back to Campsea Ashe and a homemade lunch to finish and celebrate the fact that we had cheated the rain. Adults and children took part in a great May Bank holiday treat that provided the perfect antidote to election fever.
The 6-mile walk raised £244 towards the Station House fundraising campaign and Abellio Greater Anglia, keen and natural supporters of the campaign, provided complimentary train tickets to Melton and a first class family return ticket to London for the prize draw. This was won by Rebecca Atkinson who was surprised and delighted to be ‘drawn from the hat’ by the youngest walker in the group aged six!
The countryside ramble along byways and footpaths through picturesque Lower Ufford and Loudham Park, was inspired and led by Roger Wolfe. It forms part of a series of station to station walks he features in the freely available East Suffolk Line Walks guide.
People are always fascinated to know why Wickham Market Station is in Campsea Ashe. We explain the reasons, and how significant our local railway has been to the history of the region since it was built in 1859, and how important it is for maintaining the area as a great place to live, work and visit. Thank you to all the walkers and volunteer organisers who made our first fundraising event of the season such an enjoyable success.
The Station House Model Railway Exhibition on 13th June 2015 raised £2533
Summary of event
The Station House Model Railway Exhibition raises £2533
After a year of organisation, and despite the downturn in weather on Saturday 13th June, 450 people turned out to Campsea Ashe’s first Model Railway Exhibition at Clarke & Simpson’s Auction Centre to help raise funds for the Station House.
Old and new friends met to enjoy modelling demonstrations, vintage collections, 32 layout displays and trade stands. These ranged in size from the tiniest T-gauge to the larger G-scale garden railroad and 5” narrow gauge ride-ons, with electric and steam driven engines that appealed to all ages! Local railway organisations included the Southwold Railway Trust, Leiston Works Railway Trust, and Leiston’s Long Shop Museum, alongside Wilderness Forge (a mobile foundry), and films of working trains along the East Suffolk Line dating back to the 1990s. David Clough’s knowledge and eye for detail set against some stunning Suffolk landscapes ensured a captive audience throughout the day. Modelling supplies and other resources were also on sale for the novice and experienced modeller.
The cost of putting on such an event was helped by the generosity of some 12 local businesses. Too many to list, but special thanks must go to Clarke and Simpson, Jolly’s Farm for providing the grilled meats, and Coffeelink. In addition, 24 volunteers worked in teams throughout the day, to ensure everyone enjoyed themselves, and 19 cake-makers kept the food hall well stocked. There was a wonderful atmosphere of goodwill and friendship.
The exhibition was a first for the area and a first for Clarke and Simpson who held a Railwayana auction sale alongside. They received well over 439 Lots, which attracted both local and on-line bidders. The star Lot sold for £2300, a rare smoke box number plate 60073 from LNER’s Pacific “St Gatien”.
Inspired and touched by everyone’s generosity, we met so many people expressing a genuine desire to see the Station House brought back to life. Thank you to everyone who came, or was involved in making it such a success.