On a sunny spring day the Community Rail Officer ‘Bobby Lock’ visited the beautiful C of E Primary School in Brockenhurst to meet with Catherine Wallis to chat about the art competition which will be run at the school to engage the young people in the community they live in. 5 winning designs will be incorperated into the map board, funded by New Forest National Park Authority due to go outside the station in May, which will show the town, the forest and cycle routes.



The competition spec;

This competition is for young people to become involved in their local community specifically through art increasing their learning and skills whilst promoting healthy local activities in the New Forest.

The competition offers the chance to:

  • Have their work showcased in the local community in a permanent way
  • Promote their local area to others
  • Increase community civic pride
  • Increase learning and skills

The competition is open to all children, or could be just a class. The art work could be done at home or at school. However the more children involved in the competition the better as having ownership and understanding of the project brings considerable benefits to all involved.

Entering the competition is easy; we are looking for an A4 colour picture using crayons, felt pens, or paints, promoting healthy activities in the New Forest. That can include anything from cycling, walking, and running, horse riding, playing, sketching, writing stories, poetry or having picnics.

The CRP will pick 5 healthy designs to go on to a map board outside Brockenhurst station, showing the town, the New Forest and cycle routes.

Further more in the future the Community Rail Partnership will be looking for funding for walking/cycling trails in the New Forest and we would like to be able to use the designs from the young people, transposed into ceramic tiles ‘showing the way’ potentially incorporated in sign posts in the forest.

Entries by 7th May Results to be announced on Friday 15th May.

The CRO spent a lovely hour at the school looking at the children’s prolific art work and finalising the details for the judging of the competition, which will include the prize giving to 5 pupils and the handing out of certificates to the rest of the school, all of whom are taking part.







Just some of the fabulous

All of the art work will be displayed at Brockenhurst station and on this website…………….we cant wait!



8th May

The pictures from the children at Brockenhurst C of E Primary School are brilliant!…….the CRO picked them all up today and here they all are!



Abi (Super riding skills!)



Alex G Year 1 (Lovely picnic….Yum!)



Alice (Lovely picture…..well done!)



Athol Age 7 (Brilliant bike jumping!)



Andy Murray Vs Federer (wow you have some serious stars in the New Forest)



Bethan Year 2 (I love the worried look of the little girl by the dear!)



‘Summer Fun’ By Charlotte (Super activities….well done!)



Elin Year 1 (I love the horses long nose!)



Ellen (Great trees)



Ellen W Year 3 (Love the family conversation!)



Emma P Year 4 (Great painting, well done!)



Emma Age 7 (Lovely horse!)



George (love the sky!)



Gearge 6 (Again….fab sky)



In the local forest by Matthew Age 7 (Super hands!)



Joe Year 1 (Brilliant bike!)



Jonathon Year 5 (Excellent!)



Caitlin Age 6 (Pretty dress!)



Katie (Love the dogs tongue!)



Lily (Beautiful butterflies….well done)



Lucy 5 (Great skipping skills and super sunshine, well done)



Lucy Year 2 Age 7 (I love these kites and the little birds nesting!)


‘Riding my bike’ by Joshua Age 7 (Good bike riding skills Joshua and what a happy smile!)



Megan Year 6 (That’s a long way up………BIG splash!)



Mia (What a lovely day out! I want to go. Lovely colours, well done!)



Nathanial (So many activities, well done!)



Olivia (Lovely horse, very smart hooves!)



Regan (Again, just so much to do in the New Forest, well done!)



Robyn (Lovely use of colour here and clearly going at a pace……well done)



Bubi-Blue Year 6 (What a relaxing lovely day…..well done)



Ruby (Cunning dens, love it!)



Shae (Fantastic rope skills, waving too…..WOW!)


‘Things I like to do in the forest by Evie



Thomas Year 1 (Really good tree detail, well done!)



Trixie (Happy family fun, I love this picture, well done!)

As you can see, they are all super, so the only problem now is picking 5 winners, which Bobby Lock and Chris Gregory from the New Forest National Parks Authority will be doing on Tuesday the 12th May. The pictures will then go off to the artist to be scanned ready to go on the map board for Brockenhurst station……….all exciting stuff!

The prize giving will be at the school on the 21st May, where the NFNPA who have funded this part of the signposting project will be presenting prizes to the winners on Thursday 21st May.

21st May 2009 Brockenhurst C of E Prizegiving!

Prize giving day for the school dawned bright and fair and New Forest National Park Authorities Chris Gregory and the CRP’s CRO Bobby Lock arrived at the school, dodging donkey pooh whilst admiring great big hairy beasts with horns (so different from Sandown?)

The certificates were all ready as were the winners complementary bus passes for the New Forests open top bus tour. However the art prizes for the 5 winners were still on the Isle of Wight due to a late and particularly nasty attack of frenzied and manic activity late Wednesday afternoon, the result of which saw the CRO rendered speechless (a very unusual condition) on finding the art shop closed with a cheerful sign saying they would be reopening at 10 a.m. the next day. Given the shop is in Cowes and the prize giving was to be at the same time in Brockenhurst, it did not bode well for a truly successful prize giving.

The children all came in to a new hymn the school are practising and practised brilliant sitting whilst waiting for the announcement for the winners. This was duly done, after the Headteacher told the school they had been nominated for a silver award in a prestigious London competition for their art work over the last year, impressive stuff and easy to see why the entries were all of such a high standard!

Bobby Lock congratulated the school on their efforts and told them that their art work will be displayed at Brockenhurst Railway Station over the summer. She also said she was very excited to announce that it was being planned to use all the art work on other projects which she would update the school as to what, nearer the time.

Then all that was left to do was to announce the winners for them to collect (part) of their prize and the runners up.

Well done to all those who took part. We will be running another competition again and hope you will all enter.





Charlotte Walch with ‘Summer Fun’ Alice Smethurst with ‘Activities’ Emma Parker with ‘Riding in the forest’ and Lucy Salter with ‘Skipping’ Thomas Mitchell with ‘Forest dens’

Grown ups;

Headteacher Trudie Bateman, Community rail Officer Bobby Lock, New Forest National Park Authority Chris Gegory.

July 9th 2009

The art work is now in the waiting room on platform 3 and looks really good. We hope you enjoy the exhibition and tell all your friends to come and see the children’s brilliant work.



Dave Small helping the CRO put the stands together.



Waiting room on plarform 3/4 where the exhibition will be in July and August.

The mapboard will be installed on the opposite side of the railings by the bus stop outside Brockenhurst station on the 21st of September. It is late as we have made a slight alteration with space on the other side of the mapboard available to display information for community use.


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