As a follow on from our platform reclamation work on the Marriott’s way at Hellesdon platform, I have been back to the site with Matt from the Norwich Fringe Project and Framingham Earl Nurture group. In teams, the children got to cut up the remaining scrub left behind using various tools, including loppers and bow saws, before putting it on the bonfire. The group were taught team building and communication skills, as well as learning lots of new practical skills. As a reward for all their hard work the group got to roast marshmallows on the bonfire at the end of the day.
In the next stages of our platform reclamation project, the Norfolk Trails team have been out on the Marriott’s way at the old Reepham Station uncovering the ivy and nettle covered platform opposite Kerri’s tearoom. The platform and the old waiting area can now be seen, which makes it much easier to visualise the railway history that was once there. I returned there a few weeks later and saw some children playing on the newly uncovered platform and it was great to see it being enjoyed.
I have also been out on our electric bike auditing the artwork and bridges of the Marriott’s Way. I have been out to see which bridges would be suitable for replica ID plates to be installed onto them. The original bridge plates would have displayed their unique number, which would have been used to identify it in case of an emergency. We are set to install the replica plates over the winter/spring period.
In addition to this, the Trails team have been access testing the length of the Marriott’s way, which is now almost complete. We hope to have a much wider range of information about the accessibility of the Marriott’s way on our website over the next couple of months.
My fellow trainee, Chris, and I have also been on more training courses. Last week we attended a Share Museums course on Capital projects at the Castle Museum and a Digital training workshop at the Forum. Our first aid training will also be coming up in the next few weeks. We are 'on track' to becoming fully 'train'ed up.
By Ella Meecham – Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail Infrastructure Trainee