FOGS are celebrating again! But need your vote…

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.  

Vote for this photo to help FOGS win an ACoRP award!

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 

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

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