The last quarter of the year is always a bit admin heavy, and since the last Newsletter a lot of my work has been focused on claiming our funds from the HLF, planning for staff time and allocation, procurement, and other fascinating things to share… but the upshot of that is that we can make more exciting things happen in 2018!
We’ve been working closely with Norwich City Council on their Barn Rd Gateway Project, which will help reveal the railway remains in Train Wood, and make Marriott’s Way more appealing from the road. Work on that has to happen before the birds start nesting, so you can expect to see that starting to happen very soon indeed. We’ve also been working hard to bring together special interest groups to support our work on each section of the trail. Train Wood has its own Friends, and also the Friends of Old City Station who are active participants in the project, but we need the same kind of support all the way along. To that end we recently held a smaller, more focused, meeting with those groups in Aylsham who might be interested in forming a network to look after Marriott’s Way in that area, hosted by the Town Council. It was agreed that nobody needed a new committee in their lives, but that a method for coordinating work and messages through email and a web page should be established. If you have an interest in that area, and you’d like to be in that network, please do get in touch.
In the middle section of the trail, where as you will read below we have uncovered even more railway heritage, we are a bit further from centres of population – so we’re looking at how we manage that and still get communities and volunteers involved. We’ve been developing our relationship with the Mid Norfolk Conservation Volunteers, but we’re really interested to hear from other community groups in the Lenwade/Great Witchingham area. If you’re new to the project, and indeed if you aren’t, the next chance to get fully up to speed at one of our regular public update meetings (I’ve been told off for saying ‘stakeholders’!) will be in late Feb, so do look out for your invitation.