Improvement Work on Narborough Station Footbridge
Network Rail is carrying out work on an £800,000 project to strengthen, refurbish and brighten up the footbridge at Narborough station. From Monday 21 September, work will be undertaken to remove the main footbridge span, completely renovate it and then put it back in place.
The refurbishment works mean the bridge will remain fit for purpose for passengers and people visiting the town, as well as providing a boost to the traditional aesthetics of the station. The metallic elements of the footbridge will be stripped back to bare metal to allow repairs to be carried out, before being fully repainted in the heritage colours of green and white, to match the recently painted signal box. Work will also be carried out to improve the surfacing across the footbridge and its adjoining staircases.
The project is expected to be completed in mid-December. To accommodate works, the footbridge will be temporarily closed for two months between the following dates: Monday 28 September - Friday 27 November. During this time, passenger access between platforms will be via Narborough level crossing. Step-free access to each platform will be maintained and works will not impact on train services.
To allow the bridge to be removed and reinstalled safely, there will also be two overnight road closures at the level crossing:
21:00 Saturday 03 October until 07:30 Sunday 04 October
21:00 Saturday 31 October until 07:30 Sunday 01 November
During these closures, a signposted diversion will be in place for drivers and access will be maintained for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists.
Friends of Narborough station (FONS) are of course thrilled at this news.
In the first few days, the children had great fun taking part in lots of games and activities to help get to know their new class as well as their teachers. Our wellbeing curriculum, designed to respond to the different needs of the children and help them to adapt back into school life, is proving extremely popular and there are lots of smiling faces. They had lots of opportunities to take part in arts and crafts, as well as time to talk about friendship and the people we are grateful for.
Finally, a word of thanks to all parents and carers. We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and support over the last few months and for helping us implement all of the changes needed to keep the children safe. Staff are looking forward to enjoying a happy, healthy and fun Autumn term with the children.
At the end of August, we started to welcome our children back to school with many having been away for over five months. It was difficult to see who was more excited, the children or the grown-ups! One thing was very obvious - they had all grown!
School is a slightly different place compared to pre-lockdown and not just down to the new, brightly-painted fences and our sanitiser dispensing ‘robots’. In the first few days we got used to being in ‘bubbles’, staggered start and finish times, and different timings for break and lunch (and, of course, lots of handwashing and sanitising). Staff have also had to make adaptations - we are unable to have whole school assemblies, but virtual ones managed to plug the gap; team games are not possible but there are lots of socially distant indoor and outdoor activities that keep the children active. The children proved to be incredibly adaptable and soon settled into the ‘new norm’ and it was great to hear children’s voices in the classrooms and on the playgrounds at last. We also welcomed 45 children into our Foundation Stage, as well as a few across other year groups - they have all settled in remarkably well.
You may have seen that we have recently partnered with FareShare who manage the redistribution of surplus food. We are now able to collect leftover food from local supermarkets in order to do our bit to try to combat waste and food poverty. Our food is available every week-day from outside the school gates and is available for anyone in the local community who needs it. Please just come down and help yourselves.
Finally, we realise that parents of younger children in the area would normally be looking to visit local primary schools around this time of year in advance of making their first time admission applications. Unfortunately we are currently unable to allow visitors on site due to Covid-19 restrictions but we will be sharing some more information about our lovely school in the near future to assist you in your decision making.
After what felt like a very long time, we finally opened our doors to all children to welcome them back to Red Hill Field at the end of August and we have been delighted to see everyone back. It has been wonderful to see the children enjoying the return to classrooms and we are extremely grateful to our whole community for the way they have adapted to and respected our new arrangements around pick-ups and drop offs. We would also like to extend a huge welcome to all of the new families that have recently joined us.
Over the summer holidays our Foresters Holiday club was a great success, providing much needed child-care for parents whilst entertaining and educating children in the principals of Forest School in a safe and nurturing environment. They produced some fabulous creations and artwork including dreamcatchers, magic wands and slingshots! Everyone who attended commented on how much the children had enjoyed themselves.
Our Year Six children are looking forward to taking part in their rescheduled Bikeability Course (some of you may have previously known this as Cycling Proficiency!). Bikeability enables the children to gain practical skills and confidence for cycling on today’s roads and is a valuable tool for the future.