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Nine In A Row For Station Volunteers

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Chelford's station volunteers took a ninth successive award at the Cheshire Best Kept Stations event.

This year, they won the 'In Bloom" award which recognises the continuous, colourful displays.

Tony Icke, an 'original volunteer' said "This year's award was unexpected and greatly appreciated. We had difficulty in the early part of the year through lack of manpower and the variable weather, but towards the autumn extra volunteers joined us and with their help we hope to maintain the colourful year-round displays which the award acknowledges".

The award was also recognised by Chelford PC. Chairman, Dave Wilson commented "At their recent meeting, members of the Parish Council asked me to pass on their congratulations for achieving the Best Kept Station In Bloom Award. Councillors also wish to thank you for your unstinting efforts and contributions over the years in maintaining the high standards in evidence at Chelford Station. Councillor George Walton, who was also present at the meeting, also expressed his appreciation of your work and he asked me to pass on his thanks too."

The award was presented by Alex Hynes, MD of Northern Rail who, it was announced a couple of days later, is contiuning in this role under the new franchise holder, Arriva. From April, when the franchise moves from the joint venture between Serco and Abellio to Arriva's control, he will continue leading the business and its 5,500 employees.

The award ceremony at the Grange Theatre, Hartford also recognised the fantastic efforts of John Hulme, who single handedly began and ran the awards process until this year, when he stepped down to be replaced by a team of six, something which was remarked upon wryly by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs, M.B.E., K.St.J.

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