Competition time!

The ‘Out to Water, Into History’ project competition has launched. We’re asking for entrants to design murals for the Washbrook Road tunnel and the stretch of the Greenway from Crown Park to Rushden High Street.

The Greenway in Rushden

The Greenway in Rushden

In partnership with Nenescape and the Heritage Lottery, East Northamptonshire Council is launching this competition to design a mural or write a few words about Rushden’s history and heritage and what it means to you. Do you have some grandparents to talk to who remember this stretch of the Greenway as the railway? Or some friends who worked in one of the factories? Could you ask a local care hone if you could visit to get some first hand memories? We are looking for a variety of pictures, poems, odes or short stories that will be used along the Greenway to celebrate Rushden’s history and will be used in the tunnel, carved onto benches, added to interpretation panels or on a gateway as part of this project to enhance and improve this well-used route.

Download the entry forms here.

The closing date is 15 February 2019 and entries can be emailed to or handed in to a Rushden school that is taking part in the competition.

A variety of designs and words will be selected at the end of February and then subject to the weather you will start seeing the chosen designs and words appearing along the Greenway during late April. You will of course be invited to the launch!

It is open to anyone, whatever your age. Your designs will leave a lasting impression for residents of Rushden and visitors to enjoy.

If you would like to take a walk down there with one of the Out to Water, Into History team before the deadline to get some inspiration please email on or call on 01832 742268.

And today we have launched our Instagram on @outtowaterintohistory, or you can follow us on Facebook outtowaterintohistory.