Station rolls in for partnership prize
ARAILWAY station has scooped an award after volunteers helped implement a number of creative projects in its grounds.
Handforth Station has been handed the ‘The Creative Partnership’ award at the annual awards evening for Cheshire’s Best Kept Stations.
The station was recognised for its imaginative touch when it comes to upkeep – and in particular a ‘celebrated’ project to build a sculpture garden featuring railway sign designs from around the globe. The award also celebrated the station’s partnership with the ‘Theatre in the Quarter’ group, which saw the site play host to a First World War centenary event. The event was attended by more than 400 spectators, including descendants of German prisoners held in Handforth’s POW camp.
Pupils from St Benedict’s, The Grange and Dean Oaks primary schools participated in the performances, producing artwork, creative writings and poems about the First World War.
As part of the awards night, the station also unveiled its collection’s latest foreign railway sign, presented to Handforth by German Rail company Deutsche Bahn.
John Hulme, organiser of Cheshire Best Kept Stations, said: “Handforth Station won the Creative Partnership Award for bringing together so many parties for their World War One commemorations and for flying the flag for Cheshire with their new ensigns.”
One of the volunteers who helped implement the projects said the group couldn’t be happier with the award.
Mike Bishop, chair of Friends of Handforth Station said: “We were delighted to receive the award, which recognises the magnificent support we have received from many partners and especially the creative ways our local schools have worked with us this year.
“We were particularly pleased that Rotary, who created the sculpture garden with us and have continued to maintain it summer and winter for 15 years – an achievement in itself – could join us to receive the award.”
Alex Hynes, managing director for Northern Rail, said: “Cheshire’s stations are a great example of what can be achieved by a strong working partnership between rail operators and the local communities they serve.
“These volunteers recog- nise the importance of creating warm and welcoming environments for our customers at their local station.
“We are all thrilled to see their dedicated hard work and passion for their local communities honoured by these awards.”
Coun Barry Birkhill, Julie Corke (Northern Rail), Mike Bishop, Eddie Pickering, Peter Mayall and Mike Ramsden