Another Win For Station Volunteers
The Station Volunteers took the Cheshire East Award at the Cheshire Best Kept Stations competition. The volunteers are now in their eighth year of working at Chelford Station and over that time, the wonderful improvements that have been brought about are widely recognised by passengers and railway companies alike.
Pictured here are the 'original' four volunteers Tony and Barbara Icke and Peter and Heather Hammond, together with new girl, Kath Gildon and Councillor George Walton. The other trainee volunteer, Andy Gildon, was behind the camera.
Our community is very grateful, particularly to the original volunteers for all they have done and continue to do at the station. If you would like to join the effort to keep our station looking good and pleasant to use, please contact us here.
The award was presented by Major (Ret'd) Eddie Pickering MBE, ARCM. Major Pickering is the secretary of the Cheshire Regiment Association and has recently retired as the Mercian Regiment's Liaison Officer in Cheshire and Curator of the Military Museum.
He commented on the importance of ensuring that our stations are welcoming as they help form visitors' first impressions of our communities. Since the volunteers have been working at Chelford, use of our station has increased and this for our and many other small communities is important as it ensures that we retain our ability to be able to travel anywhere in the world with our station as the starting point.
The evening began with a very moving performance of 'Over By Christmas' by Theatre in the Quarter. This was the last of a series which saw them perform at stations throughout Cheshire, commemorating the centenary of the start of WW1. On the declaration of war, many men, women and horses left from stations throughout Cheshire to join the British Expeditionary Force. The contemporary costumes, songs and news snippets brought that period and the emotions of the time vividly to life.
The railways played an enormous role in the war effort at home and in France and Belgium, with railway staff building and running railways behind the front lines. Even railway locomotives went to fight in and returned from the war.
As usual, the awards ceremony was managed brilliantly by Mr John Hulme, who has done so much to promote volunteering at Cheshire's stations.