Do you love drama, theatre and musicals?
Are you looking for a way to meet like-minded people and develop new skills?
We could have just the opportunity for you…
Through a dynamic witty blend of drama, dance and song ‘Stories Down the Line’ will explore 150 years of Norfolk history and celebrate the extraordinary 26 mile ‘green corridor’ of Marriott’s Way by re-imagining the history and fortunes of the railways.
Open to all, the cast and singers will be recruited from the communities along the historic line.
Written by Rob John (East Theatre: The Canada Boys, Into thin Air) and directed by Simon Floyd (The Common Lot: Come Yew In! 1549, The Story of Kett’s Rebellion) 'Stories Down the Line' will be performed in September 2019 at various locations along Marriott's Way. The productions will be staged amongst the woodlands, embankments and abandoned railway platforms; paying tribute to the industrial and social heritage of each location in gloriously unique arboreal settings.
Want to know more? Come and discover how you can get involved at our two launch events:
7pm on Wednesday 1st May - Aylsham Town Hall, Cawston Road, Aylsham, NR11 6BX
2pm on Saturday 4th May - Marlpit Community Centre, Hellesdon Rd, Norwich NR6 5EG
Everyone welcome, no experience necessary …
With the lengthening hours of day light and warmer weather we are delighted to recommence our Annual Walks Program for this year. The paths along the Marriott’s Way route are starting to firm up and with the winter chill over it’s the perfect time to get back out exploring the countryside with our knowledgeable and enthusiastic walk leads. We’ll be offering a wide choice of themed walks across various accessible locations, so there will be plenty opportunities to participate in these free activities between May and October. Walks will be held on the first Saturday of each month in addition to other special events throughout the year. Our first walks are being held on Saturday 11th May and Sunday 2nd June and will focus on the natural flora and ecology of their locations. Keep an eye on our web page and EventBrite to book your places.
Saturday, 11th May 2019 - Nature Walk Around the Hellesdon Area. Marlpit Community Centre (10:00 - 13:00)
This month we are excited to welcome a new member to our Project team. Alanna Baker takes on the position of Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail Trainee. Having previously worked in Norfolk schools and museums she will be assisting in various aspects of the project including learning and events over the next year. Traineeships and learning opportunities are a key aspect to the valuable work done by Lottery Funded Heritage projects and we are proud to welcome our third Trainee onto our team as the Project continues to build momentum.
Have you spotted the new gate at Barn Road, Norwich? It’s a fabulous new feature to keep an eye out for; a railway style reminder of the level crossing gates nearby when Norwich City Station stood here, and the M&GN railways distinctive criss-cross fencing. It really does look splendid in situ with its classic black iron bolts and bars, white painted cross bars and the distinctive red triangle.
Following on from Barn Road, developments are also starting to be planned further down the line. At the beginning of April the project team were out on various site visits along Marriott’s Way. We were graced with beautiful spring weather and were able to visit all the potential locations to discuss and confirm sites for the railway style gates to be added along the track trail.
The Learning team have been super busy delivering sessions and planning for an exciting calendar of activities for the region’s school children. Field studies courses have been the latest series of successful events running as part of the Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail Project. Joe Zilch (a Biological Sciences student at the University of East Anglia) and Maddy Goodall (the project’s Education Officer) have been delivering activities aimed at Key Stages 1-3, with the aim of increasing appreciation of the biodiversity and natural significance of Marriott’s Way among young people and enhancing their science curriculum. Using pupil questionnaires and teacher interviews, Joe has also been using the sessions to gather data for his dissertation research into the impact of outdoor learning on children’s attitudes to nature; a hefty document due for submission in May. The theme for each field studies session is habitats and adaptations. Students get a close up look at the organisms that make the Marriott’s Way their home, as well as learning more about native trees, making art from nature, and taking part in team challenges. Courses are designed to develop interpersonal and communication skills, as well as increasing environmental awareness and care for the natural world. Every session also makes reference to the railway past of the trail, introducing the plants and animals that have thrived there since the end of railway operations.
Since the first field studies sessions last November, nearly 500 children from Reception to Year 9 have visited the Marriott’s Way as part of this programme, travelling from as far afield as Sheringham and Hickling.
‘I think this is the best school trip I’ve been on. I really enjoyed today.’
Teacher– Y2 – Stoke Holy Cross
Teachers, support staff and parent helpers have repeatedly commented on their own, as well as the children’s, enjoyment of the days. More than one has said that their visit has given them the ‘get up and go’ to visit Marriott’s Way with their own families, having never done so before.
We look forward to welcoming another 6 schools who will be attending various learning sessions in the coming weeks.
March 12th and 26th were extremely busy days for some of our volunteers. Tree planting work took place to replace trees which had been previously felled on Marriot’s Way at Drayton, allowing the bike ramp to be rebuilt and the earth banks made stable. Overseen by Norwich TCV and Matthew Davies (Norwich Fringe Project) respectively, the work was done by volunteers from Friends of Train Wood and Marriott's Way and the Norwich Fringe Project.
The industrious 20 volunteers who took part planted 180 native trees, including 30 trees obtained from The Woodland Trust. Thanks to all who took part. It was great to receive so much positive feedback from the team.