Station Partners, Funtington Primary School worked on a project to create, paint and install a series of Sails, each depicting what Bosham means to the pupils and teachers.

The project was led by Community Artist, Rosie Hewitt, and was funded by Southern Railway UK under their Community Rail Adopt a Station programme.

Pupils were asked what they think about Bosham and its surroundings – the depictions range from colourful patterns, to an angel such as those seen in the church carvings, and of course, the famous peacock which is often seen (and heard) strutting around the village.  The 34 sails were cut out from plywood, painted and then varnished to ensure they will keep their vibrant appearance in all weathers on the platforms.

Southern Railway maintenance officer installed the sails onto chainlink fence on each platform, ready for members of the Arts Council, headteacher Sarah Titley, art teacher Sue Hawkins, the bursar and the Rosie Hewitt the community artist to meet the Arun Valley Line Officer for the grand ‘unveiling’ of the artwork on 12th July.

Arun Valley Line Officer Rowena Tyler said:  It’s lovely to have this active station partner at Bosham, which is situated right at the end of the Arun Valley Line.  Last year all the pupils and staff made poppies to create a cascade installation for Remembrance Day.  This installation is displayed on both platforms and will stay there for all customers to see.