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Did you find the Pirate Gold?

We were delighted that the Station was the destination for the Pirate Gold on BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s treasure hunt programme on Sunday 6th January.

The exciting chase following cryptic clues around Lincolnshire culminated with the treasure being found at the Station. If you didn’t hear the programme live the show is still available on the BBC Radio Lincolnshire website.

After the ‘gold’ was discovered, the Radio Lincolnshire Reporter was given a tour by Hazel Barnard and was very impressed by the Heritage Displays, the Heritage and Community Room and the sympathetic restoration of the listed building.

The Treasure Hunt also included a visit to the old Police Station in Market Rasen and the Festival Hall. All in all a good day for people to learn more about what is going on in Market Rasen and what opportunties are available.

Are you in need of space for a meeting?

Now the restoration work at the station is complete, if anyone is looking for a room to use for groups to meet our Community Room is available to hire. The cost is £15.00 per session and refreshment facilities are available, plus a plasma screen if required.

The hire price goes towards the future upkeep of the Station.

Parking is also available immediately outside in the Station Car Park.

For more information or to book please call Lynn Ritson on 01522 852441 or email holdings@lindumgroup.co.uk.

The Station becomes a classroom

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On Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th November we welcomed over 100 children to the Station to learn the history of the building. Year 5 and 6 pupils from Nettleton Primary and Market Rasen Primary School were given the opportunity to have a lesson outside of their normal classroom.

Using our learning resources that are available to be downloaded from the website the children learnt about some of the people that worked at the station, what the railway was used for and why the building went into disrepair.

The two day event was supported by Daniel Clark from Lindum Group Ltd who also showed the pupils and teachers the journey we have been on to restore this wonderful building. Students were able to look at several heritage items that were used when the building was first opened in the 1800’s.

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All the children who attended are now doing a project at school to show what they have learnt during their visit. We are running a competition to pick the six best projects where each pupil will receive a special secret prize!!

We hope that other schools, youth groups and even families with children will download the learning resources and visit the station to learn some interesting history. What a great way to spend a day out during any school holidays or even at a weekend.

 

JUST WHEN THINGS WERE GOING SO WELL…!

Our heritage centre with displays on the history of the railways in Market Rasen is now open and available for everyone to visit free of charge.

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There are lots of displays telling the history of the station and please also take the opportunity to give us some feedback.
In fact, we have lots of local schoolchildren visiting next week to work on a historical project and competition and we hope they enjoy their visit.
On a less positive note, unfortunately the person who rented the café has decided its not for them, which is disappointing, but this means that there is an exciting opportunity available to someone else.
If you are interested please give Lynn Ritson on 01522 852441 a call to have a chat. Or if you know anyone else who may be interested please pass the contact details on.

Heritage Weekend 2018

On Saturday 8th September the Market Rasen Station Community Project welcomed special guests and members of the public to Market Rasen Station to see the new Heritage Centre and Cafe. The wet weather didn’t dampen people’s spirits as visitors flocked to see the transformation of the building.

Many local residents were astounded by the transformation and it was great to hear people’s experiences of the building when it was open previously. Local ship management company Torbulk Ltd who are the tenants in the offices welcomed people to see their premises also.

The Alford Brass Band were in attendance and Mandy who will run the cafe provided them with refreshments for the day. To mark the completion of the project there were light refreshments throughout the afternoon

The Grants Officer for the Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, Amanda Turner said a few words as she thanked those who have contributed to the project from members of the public playing the National Lottery to organisations and individuals who have been involved in the project.

The Chairman of Lindum Group Ltd David Chambers also gave thanks to those involved and thanked the HLF for allowing Lindum to be a part of such a wonderful community project.

(L to R) David Chambers, Amanda Turner, Major John Matthews & Emma Wardell

The Heritage Centre will be opening soon and the Cafe will be opening on the 1st October. Please continue to follow our blogs and twitter page (@MktRasenStation) to stay in touch with updates and forthcoming events.

 

UPDATE

The project has just about reached the finish line and the building is looking stunning, both inside and outside.

The decorators have been in and put the finishing touches to the foyer area and the furniture has arrived for the community room. Our tenants Torbulk Ltd have successfully moved into the office accommodation and are extremely pleased with the space they have.

At the moment the cafe is being set up, with furniture being installed as we speak. If all goes to plan the cafe will be open from the 4th August. An official announcement will be made on our twitter page.

Another date for everyone’s diary… on Saturday 8th September we are having an opening day for everyone to come and see the finished project. Details will be released in due course as to what other activities will be happening at the station on that day.

 

Project Update

As the project fast approaches the finishing line we wanted to share some of the exterior shots of the building to show that the work is coming along nicely. Earlier in the week we uploaded an internal tour of the station. To see this video please visit our twitter page @MktRasenStation.

Remember to keep up to date with the latest information on this project follow our Blogs or visit @MktRasenStation on twitter.

 

Work is progressing nicely

The project is fast approaching completion and we can see that the finishing line is in sight…just.

Externally all the stonework on the main entrance side of the building is complete and currently the stone masons are busy working on the bay window on the track side of the building.

Internally all new wall partitions are up and decorated, skirting is being fitted and the floor boards are now being laid.

The community room is beginning to take shape now that the window boards and the internal scaffold have been removed.

Remember to stay in touch online either by following the news on the website (www.marketrasenstation.com) or by following us on twitter @MktRasenStation

Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival

On Friday 1st June members of the project team organised an event as part of the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival.

The event allowed people to come and learn about the history of the station and it’s importance to the town. Those in attendance were able to enjoy a 1.5 mile walk, this was made even more enjoyable because of the glorious weather we had on the day. As the route started and ended at the station there was also an opportunity for a guided tour of the station building and a chance to ask questions to some of the Lindum employees who were in attendance.

Our Heritage Officer Hazel Barnard led the tour, and throughout the route paused at regular intervals to explain the history of the town and the significance of some of the buildings. Hazel brought with her old photos and other artefacts to allow participants to fully appreciate the heritage of the station and the town.

Daniel Clark who works in the Marketing team at the Lindum Group assisted Hazel on the tour and was on hand to answer any questions about the project.

Below shows the route of the walk.

 

Scouts, Cubs and Beavers visit the Station

 

On Tuesday 1st May and Thursday 3rd May members of the 2nd Market Rasen Scouts, Cubs and Beavers Group visited Market Rasen Train Station to see how the work is progressing.

The children, parents and leaders were given a guided tour by Lindum BMS Site Manager Andy Atkinson, he explained some of the heritage techniques used in the restoration of the building such as the method of plastering, how the windows are restored or replaced and the stone masonry skills on show. During the tour the children also learnt about what health & safety measures need to be in place whilst working on a building site.

After the tour Daniel Clark, part of the Marketing team at Lindum Group Ltd did a presentation to the children at the Scout Hut explaining the storey of the restoration work so far. He explained about how the heritage lottery funding works and showed the groups what the building will look like when completed. Daniel also brought with him some old photos of the project including some when the signal box was present and when the roof was over the train track.

Dan Cole leader of the 2nd Market Rasen Cubs Group said, “It was a brilliant evening, everyone really enjoyed their visit to the station. It’s nice to see that this building is being brought back to life. We would like to thank Andy and Dan for giving up their time and giving us an insight into the  brilliant work Lindum are doing at the station. We look forward to visiting again once the project is finished.”

The 2nd Market Rasen Scouts, Cubs and Beavers Group kindly donated two bird boxes to the project as a thank you and we would like to thank them for their generous donation, we will be putting these up at the station when the project is completed.

Bird Boxes donated by the 2nd Market Rasen Scout Group

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