Shortlist announced for 2017 Community Rail Awards

, August 8th, 2017
London Midland, Sandwell College and Smethwick Rolfe Street adopters, shortlisted in the "Involving Diverse Groups" category.

London Midland, Sandwell College and Smethwick Rolfe Street adopters, shortlisted in the “Involving Diverse Groups” category.

ACoRP are proud to announce today the shortlisted entries for their 2017 Community Rail Awards. The awards, which are now in their 13th year, recognise the important but often unsung work carried out by community rail partnerships and station adoption groups, amongst others, who provide a welcome social and economic contribution, with their activities, to their communities.

The winners will be revealed at the awards gala dinner and presentation evening held by ACoRP, at The Roundhouse in Derby on Thursday 5 October 2017.

Shortlisted entries

1. Involving Children and Young People – Sponsored by Rail Media

  • Cambrian Railways Partnership, Arriva Trains Wales and Welsh Books Council – Tales on the Rails
  • Abbey Line CRP – Oaklands College Marketing Project
  • Helmsdale Station CIC – Helmsdale Station & Gray’s School of Art Photographic Darkroom Partnership Project
  • Jon Moody, Sustrans – Introduction to Rail Travel
  • Friends of Buxton Station – Rail Safety Signs – what do young people make of them?
  • The Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership – The Carbon Reduction Challenge
  • Friends of Handforth Station – Artwork and Conservation
  • Beyond Boundaries North Yorkshire – Making Commondale Station the Heart of the Community


2. Involving Diverse Groups – Sponsored by Northern

  • London Midland, Sandwell College and Smethwick Rolfe Street adopters – Smethwick Rolfe Street station regeneration
  • Community Rail Cumbria – The Rail Journey to Recovery
  • University of the West of England, Severnside CRP and Great Western Railway- Days Out by Train in the West of England
  • Chester Shrewsbury Rail Partnership and Derwen College – Community Rail in the City Flashmob
  • Essex & South Suffolk CRP – Acorn Village Travel with Confidence
  • Tyne Valley CRP – Working with new audiences


3a. Community Art Schemes – Permanent Projects

  • Friends of Buxton Station – Joe commemorates the past and looks to the future
  • Friends of Wemyss Bay Station – Statue at Wemyss Bay Station
  • ScotRail Alliance – Kilmarnock Connections
  • Friends of Walkden Station – Walkden Station Community Art Project
  • Community Rail Lancashire – Welcome to Langho
  • Tonbridge Youth Hub, Southeastern, Graham Upton and Sussex CRP – Art project at Tonbridge Station underpass
  • London Midland, Sandwell College, Network Rail and Transport for West Midlands – Smethwick Going Forward ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ station mural
  • Willington Arts Festival – BIG picture 3


3b. Community Art Schemes – Renewable & Smaller Projects

  • Cromford C of E Primary School and Cromford Parish Council – Cromford Station Art Project
  • Friends of Goostrey Station and Goostrey Community Primary School – Displays of children’s art at Goostrey Station
  • London Midland and Stone Art Group – ‘Visit Stone’, station poster artwork
  • Robert Mann, Arriva Trains Wales, Cambrian Railways Partnership, Conwy Valley Railway Partnership – Photographs on the Cambrian and Conwy Lines.
  • Kiwi Pre-School Playgroup – Pint-Sized Painters Inspire
  • Farah Ishaq and Arriva Rail London – Mural for St James
  • Annie Lawson, Brenda Greenwood and Sue Mitchell, Mytholmroyd Station Partnership – Fanfare for Local Business
  • Georgian Gardens School/Angmering Station – Art for All At Angmering


4. Most Enhanced Station Buildings and Surroundings – Sponsored by GWR

  • Community Rail Cumbria – Workington Hub Station
  • Friends of Kents Bank Station – Transformation of Kents Bank station
  • Lynette Gray – Aberdour Signal Box
  • Three Rivers CRP – Romsey Station War Memorial and Station Path
  • Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership – Exeter St Thomas station development
  • Long Eaton Station Adopters, East Midlands Trains and Partners – Long Eaton Street Scene Transformation
  • Southeastern and Partners – Snodland Station development
  • Station House Community Connections – Wickham Market Station Refurbishment and canopy reinstatement


5. Small Projects Award (under £500) – Sponsored by Community Rail Lancashire

  • Friends of Hindley Station – Mining Heritage Project
  • Friends of Handforth Station – Replica heritage LMS Running in Boards
  • Friends of Heyford Station – Transformation of Steep Banking at Heyford
  • Friends of Whaley Bridge Station – Support of Tenth Anniversary Book
  • Wellington Walkers Are Welcome – Walkers Information Board at Wellington Railway Station
  • George Whittaker, Sue Mitchell of Mytholmroyd Station Partnership – Cubs in Bugland


6. Best Community Engagement Event – Sponsored by Arriva UK Trains & CrossCountry

  • Mid Cheshire Rail Users Association – Music Trains on the Mid Cheshire Line
  • London Midland and Art Alert Nuneaton station adopters – ‘On Track’ community art exhibition, Nuneaton Station
  • Community Rail Cumbria – The Very Special Santa Special
  • Three Rivers CRP – Waterside Fawley Forrester Rail Tour
  • SwaleRail CRP, Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne and Kent CRP – Ambulance Train Event
  • Abbey Line CRP – Abbey Line Community Rail Fun Day
  • Cambrian Railways Partnership, Conwy Valley Railway Partnership, Arriva Trains Wales, Ysgol Ardudwy Harlech & Ysgol Y Traeth Barmouth – Conwy and Cambrian Christmas Extravaganza
  • Friends of Glossop Station – Lowestoft Commemoration Event


7. Best Marketing or Communications Campaign – Sponsored by Govia

  • Conwy Valley Railway Partnership – Conwy Valley Communications Plan
  • Three Rivers CRP – Zany Zebras
  • Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership – Seize The Sunday
  • East Hampshire CRP – Station Walks Guide
  • East Suffolk Lines CRP – Branding of the East Suffolk Lines
  • Community Rail Lancashire and Northern – The Todmorden Curve ‘Switch Campaign’
  • Leeds-Morecambe CRP, Northern and Partners – Explore Bowland
  • Poacher Line CRP and Visit Lincoln – It’s faster by rail


8. Outstanding Volunteer Contribution – Sponsored by Arriva Trains Wales

  • Tim Owen – South Cumbria
  • Mike Warner – Reedham Station
  • Carolyn Sharp, Rupert and Charlie – Skegness station adopters
  • Sheila Davidson – Friends of Hindley Station
  • Jacob Lane –  East Midlands Trains volunteer
  • Jan Ratcliffe – Kidsgrove Champion
  • Peter Blackburn – Melksham Rail Development Group


9. Innovation in Community Rail – Sponsored by TransPennine Express

  • London Midland and Marston Vale CRP – Bedford River Festival
  • Cotham School, Severnside CRP and Great Western Railway – Cotham School Combined ID Badge & Rail Ticket
  • Community Rail Cumbria – The Rail Room, Millom Station
  • Purbeck CRP – Restoration of Swanage to Wareham services after 45 years
  • Chester-Shrewsbury Rail Partnership and Gobowen Area Improvement Project – Gobowen Station Buildings Acquisition
  • Community Rail Lancashire – Down The Line Website
  • Wherry Lines CRP – Brundall Gateway Project
  • Friends of Bentham Station and Mytholmroyd Station Partnership – Station to Station Across Yorkshire – Twinning Bentham and Mytholmroyd


10. Photo Competition/ Best ‘Essence of Community Rail’ Image – Sponsored by Grand Central Railway

  • Phil Rowbotham, Friends of Heaton Chapel Station – 3rd Heaton Chapel Brownies helping the Friends of Heaton Chapel Station
  • Robert Mann, Artist – Alight here for Harlech Castle
  • Phil Dominey, Purbeck CRP and South West Trains – We would like to apologise that the next train to Wareham is 45 years late
  • Derbyshire County Council – Stan & Fred Thorley catching the first train
  • Amy Scadding, St George’s Academy – Service with a smile
  • Ian Dinmore – Signalman’s winter morning at Brundall on the Wherry Lines
  • Gerald Townson, Friends of Bentham Station – Low Flying at Bentham
  • Dick Smith, Lakes Line RUG – Waving to Santa


11. It’s Your Station – Sponsored by ScotRail

  • Incredible Edible Levenshulme – Bee Friendly Embankment
  • Friends of Glossop Station – Glossop Station Gardens
  • Friends of Brighouse Station – Brighouse Station
  • Ysgol Ardudwy – Transformation of Harlech Station and the ‘Josh Tree’
  • Willington Women’s Institute – Willington Station Adoption
  • Cromford Station Group – Cromford Station Improvements
  • Friends of Kents Bank Station & Foreshore – Kents Bank Station Adoption
  • Friends of Ally Pally Station – Alexandra Palace Station Adoption
  • Aigburth Station Volunteer Team – Improving the ambience and users’ experience of Aigburth Station
  • Friends of Cantley Station – Cantley Station Adoption
  • Jon Moody and Ancaster Primary School – Ancaster Station Developments
  • Uttoxeter Station Adopters – Uttoxeter Fairtrade Garden
  • Woolston Station Adoption volunteers –  Woolston Signal Box Garden and station environment
  • Friends of Hadfield Station – Hadfield Station Big Project
  • Friends of Hindley Station – Hindley Station Gardens and Work in the Community
  • Friends of Buxton Station – Japanese Garden creation
  • Mytholmroyd Station Partnership –Mytholmroyd Station