15th July

CRP Book ‘Taking Stock’


In February this year The Isle of Wight Community Rail Partnership (CRP) approached Sandown High School to ask if there would be any students keen to work on producing a book celebrating the projects the partnership have worked on to date.

A group of 15 young people of mixed ages and abilities saw the benefits of the increased learning and skills this project would bring to CV and started work with both Island 2000 and an editor from ‘Making Space’ a publishing company from East Cowes.

The initial workshops included photography and editorial skills, needed by the young people to accomplish this challenging project in order to produce a glossy high quality coffee table book in which features photographs and written interviews by the students from partners who have worked on the CRP’s many projects.

These include the recent TravelSafe DVD to the planting scheme from the Medina Centre in Newport, providing hanging baskets and wooden planters for all the stations on the Island and Lymington Town and Brockenhurst.

Art in the Community and the ‘On Track’ award winning project also features along with the landscaping and signposting scheme completed by the Inclusion Unit from Sandown High School 3 years ago, again a national award winning project.

The book gives a good insight to the aims and objectives of the CRP and the many partners who have ‘come on board’ to support community schemes and integrated sustainable transport, supporting the islands transport network of which Island Line is a vital part.

The 2000 free books will be distributed to schools, organizations and community groups who are encouraged to share best practice with the partnership whilst benefiting from the additional ‘signposting’ information to funding streams to complete their own projects and initiatives. Of the project the Rail Development Officer said;

“This project has seen a group of talented and dedicated young people work in partnership with professionals across the community to cover the many varied and diverse projects the CRP have completed to date.

The book has exceeded my expectations with its high quality design and finish, for which the group must take credit for and feel proud”   



News release issued for the Isle of Wight Community Rail Partnership by
Bobby Lock


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