Primary school children from Princefield First School and Marshbrook First School, Penkridge, joined with North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership (NSCRP), train operator partner London Midland and the local community at Penkridge station yesterday to unveil their very own station art created to promote where they live.
The art project ‘My Village’ is the result of a partnership between NSCRP, Penkridge Parish Council and local schools to give children an opportunity to develop special art for their station to reflect community pride.
Through ‘My Village’, local schoolchildren were asked to draw their own interpretation of what Penkridge means to them. 10 very individual designs were chosen by NSCRP for display in new poster cases sponsored and fitted by London Midland in the station waiting shelters at Penkridge station.
Emily and Isabelle (aged 9) from Princefield First School and Edward (7), Finlay and Rose (both 8) from Marshbrook First School are the first to have their colourful designs on display at the station. Five further designs by children from St Michaels First School and Penkridge Middle School will be displayed during the coming months.
Marika Latham, NSCRP Project Officer said: “Railways have always played a vital role within local communities and they become better gateways when communities are engaged in making them more welcoming for passengers and visitors. The children have really enjoyed showing off ‘My Village’ through this project; many thanks to them and to Penkridge Parish Council and all the schools for their support for this first community rail project for Penkridge station.”
Faye Lambert, London Midland’s head of community rail, said: “In line with our aim to get closer to the communities we serve, we were delighted to join forces with NSCRP earlier this year to support the extension of community rail objectives to our Staffordshire stations; this first project is an excellent example of how communities can make a real difference to local stations. Congratulations to the children on their designs, they are a great reflection of their pride for Penkridge.”
Lesley Griffiths, Clerk to Penkridge Parish Council, said: “It has been really exciting to work with NSCRP to help promote the village and our community and be part of this project for the station. We are very proud of all our children who have taken part and designed some fabulous posters.”
As an extra thank you to the children for their work, each will receive a return rail journey on London Midland services for themselves and family member.
Notes for Editors:
North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership (NSCRP) was formed in 2005 and works to promote and develop the North Staffordshire Line (Crewe-Stoke-Derby) and to extend community rail principles across the wider area of Staffordshire.
Funding partners are City of Stoke-on-Trent, Cheshire East, Derbyshire and Staffordshire County Councils and train operators East Midlands Trains, London Midland and Cross Country.
For more information about the Partnership visit www.northstaffsrail.org.uk
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