Artwork is to be sold to help campaign to keep Hengistbury Head Land Train

LIMITED EDITION: HOOT supporters with artist Wendy Brown and her print

LIMITED EDITION: HOOT supporters with artist Wendy Brown and her print

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A LIMITED edition print of Hengistbury Head is being raffled off to support the campaign to save the land train.

The framed print was donated by artist Wendy Brown.

She said she wanted to show her support for the train service that has run over Hengistbury Head for 45 years.

Bournemouth council recently gave the operators notice to quit and announced it would be taking the service in-house. However, after more than 21,000 people signed a petition protesting at the decision, the council relented and is currently in negotiations with operator Joyce Faris.

Raffle tickets for the print cost just £1 each and will be on sale from the land train office until the August bank holiday weekend. The draw will take place on Monday, August 25.

Wendy said: “The painting was probably done about three years ago as a private commission for a private collector. However, when I had done it we all liked it so much that I asked if I could do some limited edition prints of it.

“I was on Facebook one day and saw something crop up about the land train being under threat. I heard about the Hands Off Our Train (HOOT) campaign and said they could have this print if they thought it would help raise awareness or funds.

“The land train is probably as old as I am and it has childhood memories and fond affections for so many people. It’s a unique and iconic little thing. When I heard about the dilemma, donating this picture seemed the perfect thing to do.”

Sally Longman, one of the seven founding members of HOOT, said: “We were extraordinarily pleased to receive the print, as it’s such a beautiful piece of art and really pertinent with the land train in it.

“Any money raised will be given to the current operators of the land train and they can decide what they want to do with it.”

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9:22am Tue 22 Apr 14

crispy_pants says...

I don't understand this. Why is money being raised to be given to a Limited Company that is re-negotiating a contract?
I don't understand this. Why is money being raised to be given to a Limited Company that is re-negotiating a contract? crispy_pants
  • Score: 8

10:27am Tue 22 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

crispy_pants wrote:
I don't understand this. Why is money being raised to be given to a Limited Company that is re-negotiating a contract?
I expect that the expectation is that the council's way of getting their own way will to be to 'negotiate' a completely unprofitable contract for the current setup, meaning that unless they put their prices up and/or have financial assistance from other parties, they won't be in a position to run it....
[quote][p][bold]crispy_pants[/bold] wrote: I don't understand this. Why is money being raised to be given to a Limited Company that is re-negotiating a contract?[/p][/quote]I expect that the expectation is that the council's way of getting their own way will to be to 'negotiate' a completely unprofitable contract for the current setup, meaning that unless they put their prices up and/or have financial assistance from other parties, they won't be in a position to run it.... speedy231278
  • Score: -7

10:27am Tue 22 Apr 14

forest-dweller says...

Like crispy, I don't understand this. Also, the land train is not disappearing, it is being taken in hand by the council, or rather that was the council proposal. And really, most of the people who take the train really could do with the exercise and should walk which really isn't that far, and one that we have no problems covering with our disabled kid.
Like crispy, I don't understand this. Also, the land train is not disappearing, it is being taken in hand by the council, or rather that was the council proposal. And really, most of the people who take the train really could do with the exercise and should walk which really isn't that far, and one that we have no problems covering with our disabled kid. forest-dweller
  • Score: -8

10:39am Tue 22 Apr 14

billy bumble says...

A little bit of self promotion for one Wendy Brown
A little bit of self promotion for one Wendy Brown billy bumble
  • Score: 0

11:57am Tue 22 Apr 14

PokesdownMark says...

Is it true they are going to start calling it the Hengistbury Bandwagon?
Is it true they are going to start calling it the Hengistbury Bandwagon? PokesdownMark
  • Score: 1

7:10pm Tue 22 Apr 14

60plus says...

Most probably your disabled child is in a pram or chair,some older people have to use a stick I even seen one man with oxygen cylinder ,
Most probably your disabled child is in a pram or chair,some older people have to use a stick I even seen one man with oxygen cylinder , 60plus
  • Score: 4

1:40am Wed 23 Apr 14

eyesropen says...

Poor reporting: Why didn't Melanie vass ask the train operators what they plan to do with the money?
Poor reporting: Why didn't Melanie vass ask the train operators what they plan to do with the money? eyesropen
  • Score: 1

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