FOGS members are delighted that their efforts have been recognised in a competition organised by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, ACoRP. FOGS has been shortlisted in three categories. But will have to wait until the gala dinner in Telford on 3rd October to know the winners of all twelve categories.
First shortlisting : a photo or film VOTES NEEDED!*
The judges chose 12 entries that in their opinion, best capture ‘community rail in action’. But the winner will be decided by public vote so please support FOGS by clicking the link below and vote!…..
click here to vote…….> Cast your Vote for FOGS. *You can vote until 3 September.
FOGS entry photo – it’s option d in the above competition – shows two of our volunteers taking a break during a working party to enjoy the pleasant seating area on the Manchester platform. This part of the station has been made more welcoming by tubs of flowering plants and railway memorabilia.
Second shortlisting : most enhanced buildings and surroundings
FOGS submission comprised a brief summary and several photos plus a more detailed description under the headings Aims, What Happened and Results. There was much to write about – from gardening, sweeping, art displays, unique banners and conservation to the restoration of the water supply and the renovation of the iconic wooden building.
Third shortlisting : it’s your station
FOGS achieved enough points to be placed in the gold band but the winners of each band – bronze, silver, gold and platinum – will be revealed at the award ceremony. FOGS sent photos plus a detailed description under the headings Gardening Achievement, Community Participation and Environmental Responsibility. Two judges also visited Goostrey station, arriving (appropriately) by train! FOGS members were proud to tell them about our achievements but the judges also wanted to know about the problems we faced and our plans for the future.
FOGS has been shortlisted in previous years. In 2017, it was for the Art Displays by Goostrey Community Primary School in the platform shelter. The year after, it was for Involving Diverse Groups of People in improving Goostrey station. Perhaps 2019 will be the year when we win an ACoRP award!
To ensure that passengers are proud to use Goostrey station working parties continue on the second Sunday of each month starting at 10am and FOGS always welcome new volunteers. For more information, please contact Mike Jarvis on 01477 533981 or look at the FOGS website at friendsofgoostreystation.org
Currently they have no store room, so it would be best if helpers took tools such as brushes, spades, forks, loppers or secateurs. There will be a few spares available for those not able to bring their own. While working, every volunteer must wear one of FOGS’ orange safety jackets; orange is the specified railway safety colour and yellow ones can confuse train drivers travelling at speed. No-one should work alone at the station in case there is an accident.
Link to full list of short-listed stations: Community Rail Awards 2019
Great ‘before and after’ photographs of the old ticket office at Goostrey Station from The Railway Heritage Trust showing the dramatic improvements as the work comes to an end. Many thanks to the Trust and Network Rail for rescuing one of the few remaining of its type.
🚊 At last….train strike suspended! 🚊
(No trains this Sat tho). And there will be weekend replacement buses while engineering works are carried further down the line, but still……
Is a conductor the same as a guard?
“RMT has agreed to suspend its strike action and recommence talks about the future role of the conductor. This follows positive discussions between RMT and Northern. It is unfortunately too late to reintroduce a full timetable in time for 09/02/19. bit.ly/2WIVDvL” Northern.
Update on Goostrey station bridge from the Parish Council:
‘Cheshire East Highways have informed us that the scheme to install a safe area for pedestrians to cross the Station Bridge and traffic lights is on hold. We received the following explanation directly from Cheshire East Highways last week.
“The scheme was programmed in to commence on site in March 2019, however after meeting with the Contractors on site to discuss the buildability aspects of the scheme, it became apparent that it would not be possible to implement the scheme as per the original design. This is mainly down to the complexities of the site in terms of the highway boundary extents.
We have therefore had no option but to place the scheme on hold while we investigate other options in order to ensure that we design and deliver a workable solution that is safe for all road users.
I appreciate this is not the news you wanted to hear, however I can assure you that we are working hard to explore other options to enable the scheme to be constructed”. Highways
We are extremely disappointed in this new delay, however we are in regular contact with Cheshire East Highways to establish when a “buildable” scheme can be implemented.’ Goostrey Parish Council.
A lovely group of photos has been given to FoGS by the grand-daughter of a long-serving Goostrey Station Signal Master. Look at Goostrey Station’s website to see more: goostreystation.org.uk/gallery