School children from Duloe and Looe Primary schools took part in CreativiTea on the Looe Valley Line train on Tuesday 12 February to learn more about the history and stories of the scenic branch line which links Liskeard and Looe.
During the journey, adults and children enjoyed a cup of tea and cakes designed by the children, while the children noted down the adults’ recollections. The event was organised by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership as a creative project with school children to engage them in the history of their local railway.
Train Operator Great Western Railway provided free travel on the Looe Valley Line for those taking part in the event.
CreativiTea was the brainchild of author and poet Sally Crabtree. She has gathered together all the stories from the event and these will be used in the Looe Valley Line Heritage project which is being run by the Rail Partnership.
Partnership Development Officer Rebecca Catterall said “We thought this would be an innovative way to gather memories and stories about the Looe Valley Line as well as teaching the children about their local heritage. We are really pleased with how the event went and have lots of new material to work with. Thanks to the schools and everyone who took part.”
Sally Crabtree said “CreativiTea is all about bringing people together over the traditional British cup of tea. This event was a fantastic opportunity for old and young to get together and enjoy the simple art of having a chat!”
The Looe Valley Line Heritage project will celebrate the Looe Valley Line, the people and the landscape through a series of online video documentaries, interpretation boards at stations and brand new mobile app which will act as a companion to the journey.
More information about the project can be found at www.looerailheritage.com .
The project has been funded by Great Western Railway’s Customer and Communities Improvement Fund and the Designated Community Rail Development Fund, a joint initiative of the Department for Transport and ACoRP.
The Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership works to promote branch lines in two counties and is a non-profit partnership between local authorities, the rail industry and the University of Plymouth, where it is based. Leading partners include Cornwall Council and Great Western Railway.