On 10th September, a vintage cycle rally was held between Whitwell and Reepham Station and the Marlpit Arms, Hellesdon. Members of the public brought their own vintage cycles and came in vintage dress. It was a joint project between Pushing Ahead and the Marriott's Way Heritage Trail.
The Marlpit Arms was host to a number of activities and things to see, including arts and crafts, a cycling obstacle course, live music and locally grown food. The Whitwell and Reepham Station had free bike hire, steam engine rides and its ever popular cafe bar.
It was great to see so many people getting involved and learning more about the beauty and heritage of our Marriott's Way. Keep your eyes peeled for more events in the future!
Or can you help record those who can?
We're looking for anyone who has memories of the railways between Norwich, Reepham and Aylsham, as well as for volunteers to help capture and preserve these recollections. The Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail wants to tell the story of the railway through listening to the people who experienced it, whether in their working life, their schooldays, or even playing on the disused trackbed post-closure. These memories will help to build up a picture of the railway’s impact on communities in Norfolk, and to interpret its history in signage, events and outreach.
If you have memories to share, then please get in touch. You can email email@example.com or call 01603 224287.
If you’d like to help with the preservation of these memories, training days in oral history skills - including interviewing, recording, summarising and storing – will be held at the Norfolk Record Office on Tuesday 10th and Tuesday 17th October.
To reserve a place, or to find out more, please contact us on the email or phone number above.
The Marriott's Way Heritage Trail has two new Trainees to add to the team: Chris and Ella. Along side Sophie, the Project Officer, and Maddy, the Education Officer, the team is fully staffed and working at quite some speed!
Ella has begun the audits of the new circular walks that will be branching off the Marriott's Way which will link nearby villages to the main trail. Chris has been working on some of the behind the scenes work, including promotion and the new website.
There will be some very exciting times ahead for this project - watch this space!
A fungus foray! Help Norfolk Fungus Study Group to find and record as many different species of fungus as possible on 23rd October 2017.
Join Tony Leech of Norfolk Fungus Study Group on a family friendly half-term fungal foray in Train Wood, Norwich, as part of the Norfolk Walking and Cycling Festival. Click here for more information.
The 2017 Norfolk Walking and Cycling Festival is a programme of events happening throughout the month of October across the county, including on Marriott's Way. There are cycling events, runs, and guided walks - fun for all the family!
Work began on the platforms of the old Hellesdon Station this week, cutting back the overgrowth to reveal the hidden history of the route. Hellesdon will be the first location for work, with plans for future improvements at other station platforms such as Reepham and Whitwell.
The platforms will be accompanied by interpretation boards and possibly restored or reconstructed railway infrastructure.
Come along to the Marlpit Community Centre on Saturday 14th October to learn about tree and shrub identification with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s David North. The session will include an introduction to common trees and shrubs, a short walk along a nearby stretch of Marriott’s Way to see what you can identify, followed by a concluding discussion back at the Community Centre. Refreshments will be provided and the day will run from 10am to approximately 1pm.
Book your free place now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01603 224287.
Our second quarterly stakeholder meeting will take place on the 1st of November 2017 at Aylsham Town Hall - 6-8pm. Please let us know if you would like to attend.