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Community – 175th Anniversary, Haywards Heath Railway Station

The local community will be holding a two day event on 17th and 18th September 2016 to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the opening of Haywards Heath railway station. Operating from 1841-2016, the station has  developed significantly over the years. It is located on the extremely busy commuter route from Brighton to London Victoria. The station facilities are currently undergoing upgrades as part of the town’s Ten Year Plan.

I have been asked to assist with photography for this community led project and have already had some opportunities to get involved with events building up to the celebrations.

Haywards Heath is twinned with Traunstein in Bavaria and Bondues in France and has an active twinning association (HHTA). Recently Wabach Musi a young band from Bavaria visited and performed at a dinner organised by the HHTA.  They also played for shoppers in The Orchards Centre in town on a cold, breezy day.

The HHTA have commissioned Oliver Budd to work with them on the creation of a mosaic for the refurbished station and also to work with local primary schools to create a second mosaic for the station platform. Six primary schools have come together with designs the children have created and there will be collaboration on the final mosaic design.

The celebrations will have a Victorian theme and The Bluebell’s Stepney will be at the station on 18th September. There will be lots for families to do and see including train rides, land trains, horse and carriage rides, children’s station adventures, marching bands, a procession and a Victorian Fun Fair.

Wabach Musi

Wabach Musi at The Orchards



Trains, textures and talent …

Graham, Robin, Linda, Matt and the other re-enactors at Didcot really made the day come alive.

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Train spotting …

This weekend I joined a “Train to Print” workshop at Didcot Railway Centre run by Permajet Print Academy partnering with Timeline Events. Steam engines, “forties re-enactors” and rail and photo enthusiasts made for an interesting couple of days. The guys and gals who enjoy bringing us the past were mainly passionate volunteers who created an authentic experience … despite the many orange hi-vis jackets around! A working steam line can be extremely dangerous and our safety briefing was to the point yet we had a lot of freedom to roam. Even the oily workshops and cracked paint on old engines were photogenic.

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