FOGS members celebrate success in national and local competitions!

FOGS members are delighted to announce that their entry won the ACoRP Photo and Video competition.  The result was announced at the National Awards Ceremony of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) in Telford on Thursday 3rd October. Monica and Peter Robson, accompanied by Mike and Ayleen Jarvis, were there to receive the engraved trophy, a certificate and a cheque. Many thanks to all who voted for our entry.

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Winners of the photo competition at the ACoRP award ceremony in Telford

In the ‘It’s Your Station’ category, the 32 nominated stations were split by the judges into Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum sections.  Goostrey Station was placed in the Gold group and received a certificate. Whilst we did not win, this was a significant achievement and puts us in the top 10 of entries nationally. We punch well above our weight!

Now in its 15th year, the Community Rail Awards celebrate the important and often unsung work carried out by community rail partnerships and community groups.  Details of the winners and runners up in all competition categories can be found at https://communityrail.org.uk/cra19-winners/

Locally, FOGS has a Gold award from Wild about Goostrey. The scheme is supported by Goostrey parish council and encourages residents to make habitat improvements which will increase biodiversity and wildlife connectivity.

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Enjoying a break during a volunteer working party at Goostrey Station

However, Vice Chair of FOGS Mike Jarvis commented that ‘if we are to build on our success, we need more people to come forward and help. Many of the current team are approaching, or over 80 years of age.’

Chair of FOGS Craig Sidebotham added ‘New members must learn about our rail contacts because there is a complex structure to deal with. If no-one comes forward, then in a few years Goostrey station could return to being a blot on the landscape.  That would be a great pity especially as we are nearing the point where the newly renovated former ticket office will be re-opened. At that stage, we will need to liaise with the franchise holders Northern to persuade them that the building should be available for community and learning projects for young and old.’

To ensure that passengers continue to enjoy using Goostrey station, our working parties continue on the second Sunday of each month (except in November when we meet on the third Sunday) starting at 10am. New volunteers are always welcome.  For more information, please contact Mike Jarvis on 01477 533981 or look at the FOGS website.

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