News from East Midlands Trains


Sleaford station gets mosaic makeover

The initiative started by Jon Moody from Sustrans East Midlands, in conjunction with the Poacher Line Community Rail Partnership, saw the pupils use their artistic talent and knowledge of the local area to create a permanent piece of art for the station.
The final design was drawn up by local artist Louise Hill, who amalgamated all of the children's artwork. She then led a series of half day workshops at Ancaster School with pupils from class Jamaica putting the mosaic together.
Jon Moody said: "It is fantastic to see this first stage of a larger project come to fruition.  Not only is it visually stunning in its own right; it represents a lasting summary of a fabulous, whole term scheme of work that has been enjoyed by the pupils and staff at Ancaster both of whom have been enormously receptive and engaged in this exciting collaboration.   
"Asking the children to reflect and create an image to visually represent their recent learning is both a very powerful and innovative educational tool but typical of the many ways in which the school demonstrates how they value their student’s voice and celebrate their successes!  I would love to repeat this activity in other schools throughout the county."
The unveiling of the art comes in a timely manner as the whole of the Sleaford footbridge is being refurbished this summer. It's hoped that other local schools will see the mosaic and show interest in the wider project that Jon Moody, affectionately known as Dr Train to the pupils, has created.
The Poacher Line is a designated community rail partnership, which works with local communities to enhance the stations along the route between Nottingham and Skegness.
Kaye Robinson, Community Rail Partnership Officer, said: "The partnership working with Ancaster School and Sustrans has been a lovely way to showcase the difference that can be made to the Poacher Line. It also adds incredible educational value to the pupils and we're really excited to take this project across other schools in the coming year."   
Donna  Adams,  Stakeholder  and  Community  Rail  Manager for East Midlands Trains, added: “Our aim is to make our stations a real part of the community and  it’s  great  that the pupils at Ancaster school have worked with us to create  a  piece  of fantastic piece of artwork for Sleaford station.  We’d like  to  thank  everybody  involved  in  this initiative, particularly the children  who  have  worked so hard.  We’re certain that our customers will love the new mosaic.”
The Poacher Line Community Rail Partnership is funded by Lincolnshire County Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, East Midlands Trains and the Department for Transport.