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This Is Us!

Next stop Church and Oswaldtwistle Railway Station as showcased by the local Rotakids!

Thursday 14th September 2023 saw the Rotakids from Hippings Methodist and St Paul’s Primary schools unveil their artwork at Church & Oswaldtwistle station. Called ‘This is Us’, the colourful panels display the pupil’s favourite local landmarks, including their schools!

Year 5 pupils have been working with professional artist, Alastair Nicholson, who has done an outstanding job of bringing the children’s work together to create these amazing panels – that also sets off the fantastic flower beds tended so well by the local rotary club.

Cath Heap, Club Secretary commented “We at Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary are immensely proud of our Rotakids. They rise to every challenge they are set, and the children from both schools have certainly done that here.”

“They have really enjoyed working with and learning from Alastair Nicholson, and have produced some wonderful paintings, resulting in these stunning works of art which showcase our local area.”

“Thank you so much to Community Rail Lancashire and Community Rail Network’s Development Fund for funding this amazing project and for devoting so much energy and enthusiasm to ensuring a successful outcome, and special thanks of course to Alastair Nicholson, our brilliant artist, for bringing it all together. The artwork is sure to delight rail users at Church and Oswaldtwistle station for many years to come.”

Mike Cliffe, Chair of the East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership and Director of Community Rail Lancashire added, “Congratulations to all involved in bringing this project together. The children were able to take the train to Community Rail Lancashire’s Eco Hub at Accrington Station for some of their artwork sessions and should be very proud of what they have created and the pleasure their efforts will give to the passenger experience.”

After the children had visited the station to view their artwork, they were treated to a party lunch at the Oswaldtwistle Social Club. Each pupil was presented with a ‘This Is Us’ badge and certificate, and the schools with banners of their artwork for displaying at their schools.