Community Rail Awards shortlisting
We have been Shortlisted in three categories of the Annual Awards and included in Bentham’s Shortlisting of our joint Twinning Event of 2016! What an achievement to have got this far and can be viewed as recognition of the enthusiasm and dedication shown by all our volunteers. Our local community have enjoyed being involved in our projects and appreciate the end results displayed on and around the station area.
We thank our schools and local businesses who willingly gave us time and working space! Hebden Royd Town Council, ACoRP and Northern Arriva have been generous with advice and funding for this we are grateful.
Now for Derby, and the 5th of October!
Our Building Project is making progress. Following the meeting in July with all interested parties, there has been a change in the overall plan and we feel that it’s a positive move.
Northern has indicated that it may like to use all or part of the second floor onto the platform. There will be a Tripartite Lease between Network Rail, Northern Arriva and the Station Building Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)). Our Feasibility is on-going but with the above-mentioned alterations to the original remit but we are confident that Northern’s involvement will be beneficial for the project and its trustees, enhancing the station’s profile and the train services available.
We have been delighted to meet Martin Yallop, ACoRP’s Community Stations and Development Manager, and spent some very pleasant and informative hours with him. Later that week, we entertained Dawn and Gemma, ACoRP’s administration management team to a “meet our team” event here on the station. For Gemma, it was a first experience of a station adoption group and she learnt first-hand the areas of work undertaken when a station is adopted. by a voluntary group.
What a good week that turned out to be – thank you Dawn, Gemma and Martin from ACoRP.
The following week, Derrick, Edwina and Sarah from Bingley, West Yorkshire came on a whistle-stop tour of the Calder Valley Line on the recommendation of Richard Isaac, Northern’s Community and Sustainability Manager. They took in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd for an hour then on to Sowerby Bridge and Brighouse. They are recent adoptees of their Bingley and Crossflatts Railway Stations – we wish them luck and offer them any support should they require it.
Women in Community Rail
And that’s not all! Next, it’s off to Southport to give our support to Women in Community Rail, where Marian Atkinson of Merseyrail, together with the British Transport Police, Network Rail and the Samaritans, had combined to emphasise the message of “Safety on the Railway”. Marian’s objective is to promote safety for women in particular.
We spent two hours on the station, Geoff distributing leaflets as I interviewed female travellers using Marian’s specific questionnaires. Interestingly the overall wish of the respondents to was for more visible staff on trains, especially at night.
Thank you, Marian and all the other pleasant people we met at Southport.