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School Artwork Brightens Up Whatstandwell Railway Station

These colourful and vibrant scenes produced by the children depict their school and local places of interest including the Cromford Canal, Crich Stand, Florence Nightingale and Whatstandwell Railway Station.  These vibrant pictures were painted by the children during the summer term and have then been scanned and printed onto large panels.  These wonderful images are now displayed at the station, along the station platform and by the station entrance.

Angela Curran, Teacher at Crich Carr School said: “The children have thoroughly enjoyed their involvement in this project – spending several weeks researching and producing the artwork, and two afternoons working with local people planting pollinator-friendly plants and bulbs. They were delighted to see their artwork on display and we hope the exhibits will be enjoyed by everyone who uses the station, whether they are locals or visitors”.

The artwork has been produced with assistance from the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership and has been funded by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships’ Small Grants Fund and East Midlands Trains.

Councillor Irene Ratcliffe, Chair of the Derwent Valley Line Community Rail Partnership said “The artwork produced by the children looks fantastic at the station.  The pictures provide a wonderful, colourful portrayal of Whatstandwell and the surrounding area.  The children have done a great job and should be very proud of their work, which thousands of people will see at the station”.

Rob Burton, Area Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: "The students should be very proud of the artwork they have made for Whatstandwell station. They help to create a colourful and attractive environment as well as providing an excellent opportunity for local students to contribute to their station and showcase the best of the area to visitors. This projectis also an excellent example of the work our Community Rail Partnerships carry out and we're sure our passengers will enjoy seeing the artwork on display at Whatstandwell station."

Following the unveiling of the artwork, the children helped station volunteers plant daffodils, snowdrops and other bulbs for flowering next spring. This latest community project by the schoolchildren from Crich Carr Primary School follows on from their previous work in the spring assisting station volunteers to plant a range of wildlife friendly shrubs and plants to create a more attractive station environment for passengers and to benefit local wildlife.

These projects led to Whatstandwell securing a well-deserved Runner Up award in the Community Partnership category, at the East Midlands Trains Best Station Awards, in late September.