Heritage Lottery Fund Grant Approved
The Grants Panel of the Heritage Lottery Fund have approved Norfolk County Council’s bid for funding for the Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail Project. This means that it is full steam ahead for the three-year project. Thanks to the funding, we will be able to:
- Find out more about the heritage of the route of the Marriott’s Way as a railway and green corridor.
- Conserve its surviving railway infrastructure and recreate some of what has been lost.
- Increase the variety of plants and wildlife that can be seen.
- Create new circular and spur routes off the main Trail.
- Run an education programme for schools and other groups for young people.
- Let people know more about the heritage of the route through new interpretation and a programme of events.
A Chance to Get Involved
The first step in carrying out the research and conservation aspects of the project will be to recruit, training and supporting a team of volunteers. They will be involved in:
- Archive research into the history of the railways that form the Marriott’s Way and the ways in which they affected people’s lives.
- Investigating and recording surviving railway infrastructure and artefacts.
- Carrying out an oral history project to record the reminiscences of people whose lives were shaped by the railways.
- Carrying out practical conservation work on the surviving railway infrastructure on the route, such as platforms at Norwich, Hellesdon and Reepham stations (working with the Friends of Norwich City Station and the Norfolk Railway Heritage Group.
- Re-creating lost railway features such as railway crossing gates (using the original designs).
- Carrying out habitat management work within the Trail corridor to improve its biodiversity.
- Surveying and recording the plants and wildlife that live on the route (the first training session for this will be in late spring 2017).
If you might be interested in getting involved in any of these activities and would like to find out more, please make contact by e-mailing us at: email@example.com
Events to Look Out For
During the three-year project, there will be a lot of events organised on and around the Marriott’s Way to introduce people to their local heritage. They will be designed to appeal to a wide range of people – from families with young children to railway and natural history enthusiasts. The first of these are due to take place in the week between Christmas and New Year as part of a Winter Walking and Cycling Festival. They include:
- Glittering Bugs and Shiny Spokes on Friday 30th December at 2:30pm – another family event in which people make reflective bugs in a workshop with Norfolk artist Nicola Marray-Wood and then go on a torchlight procession along the Marriott’s Way in Drayton to ‘dress’ some of the trees alongside the Trail.
- World War 2 Airfields Cycle Ride on Monday 2nd January 2017 – an 11 mile cycle ride from Attlebridge Station on the Marriott’s Way to the site of the wartime Attlebridge Airfield and nearby secret armaments store in the company of a historical re-enactor playing the part of a World War 2 pilot.
All of the events are free, but places need to be booked in advance. Full details of how to book are available on the web-site www.norfolkwalkingfestival.org
A date for your 2017 diary
The first big public event of the Marriott’ s Way Heritage Project will be a vintage cycling event which has been provisionally scheduled for Sunday 10 September 2017 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the velocipede – a fore-runner of the bicycle. As well as the spectacle of vintage cycling enthusiasts pedalling along the Marriott’s Way in costume, there will be a public extravaganza with all sorts of cycling-related activities on offer. If you’d be interested in helping to organise or be part of the event please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org