On 7 August 2019, we received notification that the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership has been shortlisted in four categories in the annual Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) Awards.The Community Rail Awards recognises the important and often unsung work carried out by community rail partnerships, station adopters and community groups, in areas such as station enhancement, community engagement and diversity. The overall winners will be announced at a gala presentation evening on Thursday 3 October at The International Centre, Telford.
Malcolm Chainey, Chair of the CRP said "Four shortlisted awards is a great achievement for the Partnership, highlightlighting the innovative work undertaken and the wide range of support given by the team of volunteers and other community groups".
More details of the Awards and other shortlisted entries are available on the ACoRP website.
The Tyne Valley CRP shortlisted entries are:
Tourism and Heritage Award:
Matthew Barrett – Tourism Development Intern, Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership
Small Projects Award (£500 or less):
Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership – Platform Painters paint Hadrian’s Wall
Best Community Engagement Project:
Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership – Wylam Winter Tales
Outstanding Volunteer Contribution:
Julie Gibbon – Tyne Valley CRP volunteer
Always keen to ensure the love of railways is passed on to a new generation, Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership was delighted to be approached by a local school asking for a Work Experience Placement for one of its pupils. Matthew Parker, a pupil in year 12 at Prudhoe Community High School has joined the TVCRP for a week of work experience. Fiona Forsythe, the TVCRP Officer drew up an interesting week of work for Matthew. “There is a lot to find out and it's not just like being on a railway”, said Matthew.
On Monday morning Matthew caught the train from Prudhoe to Newcastle to meet with other TVCRP members to visit the Open Lab at Newcastle University to have a demonstration of “Our Place”. This is a new app which TVCRP hope to incorporate in various aspects of their work, both with class visits, learning about rail safety, but also for tourists and travellers who could be able to view their station and learn about the various attractions in the vicinity of the station. Matthew was able to contribute to the discussions and even designed a site for the Stocksfield Burn, one of his favourite walks.
The following day he was off to Haltwhistle to attend the Tourism Steering Group. In the afternoon Matthew began research into defibrillators. The next day Matthew visited Prudhoe Signal Box to find out about the work of the signalmen. These visits are always very interesting.
Back at Haltwhistle on Thursday to look at the 1838 sleeper block. This was one of the original sleeper blocks used in the building of the line, which has somehow survived and can be seen near the former goods yard. This was followed up by a visit to the Old Booking Office with its Edmondson ticket racks. These tickets are now sold as souvenirs. Edmondson was a station master at nearby Brampton Station and he invented the card ticket used by many railways throughout the world before computerised ticketing came along.
The final day was a time for catching up with paperwork. Matthew was asked to compile a blog of his week with TVCRP, along with photographs, a paper on defibrillators and text for the Stone Block Sleeper and the Edmundson tickets.
“We are very pleased to welcome Matthew to the TVCRP”. Said Fiona Forsythe, “And hope he gains a lot from his work experience”.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
The Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership is a not for profit limited company.
Taking the Railway to the Community in the Tyne Valley.
The last few weeks have been very busy for the volunteers of the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership, as they promote the Tyne Valley Railway and the operator Northern.
Last month the TVCRP took part in Community Rail in the City at Glasgow Central Station. Our Tourism Intern, Matthew Barrett, constructed a model of the Roman Wall which was painted by the Platform Painters of Haltwhistle. As the Tyne Valley Railway runs through Hadrian's Wall Country, it seemed such a waste to use this wall for only one event, it has been adapted and has now been used on several occasions to promote the railway and several Hadrian's Wall attractions.
The Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) have made history as the first in the North to attain Department for Transport’s (DfT) Accreditation Status.
Accreditation is formal recognition by the DfT that a community rail partnership (CRP) operates to a high standard and that its objectives and activities are supported by Government.
Accreditation should provide assurance to others, including potential funders and partners, that the CRP operates to high standards of governance and financial propriety; adopts a collaborative approach; is worthy of trust by others; and is a suitable entity for receiving public funds. Furthermore, Government considers it a good representative of the local community.
As part of the franchise agreement Northern and the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership have appointed Station Ambassadors, a group of volunteers who will look after their stations and make them look attractive for the passengers. Ambassadors have recently been appointed at Blaydon and already have begun to make their presence felt.