150th Anniversary of the Railway coming to Wivenhoe 2013

Wivenhoe Mayor Penny Kraft with Victorian friends


Photo by Jeannie


The Wivenhoe Society’s contribution to the 150th Anniversary of the Railway coming to Wivenhoe, was held on Monday 6th May 2013. The weather could not have been better. Our grateful thanks to Chelsea Coyle at the ‘Station’ public house for allowing the event to be held in the car park and for sponsoring the Morris Men. After an opportunity for photos on the ticket hall steps, and the unveiling of a plaque, Mayor Penny Kraft, ex-Mayor Bob Needham and Audrey judged the children in Victorian costume and awarded prizes. Prizes were also awarded to the winners of the poetry and art competitions. Our thanks to the judges. Thanks to the Victorian ladies from Dovercourt and to Penny for arranging their visit. The many visitors were able to enjoy Punch and Judy, the Colchester Morris Men, candy floss and cakes, and have an opportunity to have their faces painted. There were railway themed puzzles and games. There were prizes for catching ducks and for the winning tickets at the tombola. Many thanks to Joan Sawyer for organising the event, and to all the helpers who contributed to its success. Thanks to the Wivenhoe Quilters for their wonderful wall hanging which is on display in the library. Thanks to the Co-op and to Peter Kerr’s quiz night for sponsoring prizes.

Railway Anniversary Wall Hanging


On behalf of the Wivenhoe Quay Quilters, Peter Hill presented a Wall Hanging to Wivenhoe Society President Tom Roberts and Vice-Chairman Pat Smith that they had made to commemorate the arrival of the railway to Wivenhoe 150 years ago. Joan Sawyer is co-ordinating the Society's celebration events at the Station on Monday 6th May and it was Joan who had initially approached Quay Quilters about the idea of a small banner. Quay Quilters came up trumps with this magnificent piece of work that had been designed by Anne Wellington and made by Jane Brooks, Janice Alston and Janet Bateman. The wall hanging is now on display in the library.