Reedham Station experienced a very different day recently as anyone who travelled through on the 8th July will have noticed.
There was a gazebo out side the station decorated with balloons and bunting. A band from Coulsdon College Year 12 was playing beautifully. The gentle sound of corks popping from bottles of Prosecco could be heard and a crowd was gathering including children from nearby St. Nicholas School and Beaumont Primary. At 12.15 The Worshipful the Mayor of Croydon Patricia Hay Justice arrived in a smart black limousine to be presented with a posy by 2 pupils from St. Nicholas. We had all come together to celebrate the connection between the station, the area and the charity. Some of you will know that the station was built to serve the orphanage and was named Reedham after Andrew Reed the founder of the charity and subsequently the whole area became known by the same name. We believe that we’re the only charity in the UK to have named a station and an entire area! The day went with a swing and many people went back to RCT’s office nearby to continue the fun and festivities.
We are particularly grateful to Southern Railways who are letting us put up permanent signs at the station to continue our association. Many others helped Waitrose Caterham donated but also sent the wonderful Penny White to help on the day. Also Waitrose Coulsdon, Chesterman Flowers, Absolute Balloony, Sainsbury’s Victoria and the incredibly helpful Austin Reynolds.
Photo courtesy of Guardian newspapers, you can read their story but clicking this link to their website.