|Friends Of Glossop Station||
|Friends Of Glossop Station||
The renewal of historic railings alongside Glossop station - Howard Street - has been completed by Haywood and Jackson contractors for Network Rail. The work has been carried out to a very high standard and we are delighted that the environs to the station have been enhanced in this way. We thank the 3 gentlemen of Haywood and Jackson and Network Rail for this work which is already receiving much local praise!
Recently announced by the DftT is the news that Abellio, one of Northern's Parent companies, has gained the new 10 year franchise for ScotRail as from May 2015. The current operator of the franchise is First. Abellio has also been shortlisted, along with Arriva and Govia, for the Northern Rail long term franchise beginning February 2016.
We are delighted to announce that Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Northern, is to visit Glossop station on Saturday 6th December and switch on our Christmas Tree Lights at our Father Christmas Event (11.00 to 13.00). We believe this will be Alex's first visit to Glossop Station and we look forward to welcoming him! More details about the Christmas event soon! We thank Alex for accepting our invitation!
On Thursday 2nd October Alison Bowry from New Mills' Project Earth/ High Peak Community Arts and Neil from FOGS attended ACoRP's 10th Anniversary Awards' Ceremony In Scarborough. "Dinting in Ceramics" had been shortlisted for an award as had Friends of Glossop Station for their Embankment Garden. Unfortunately neither was successful in their respective categories in gaining a placing; the garden winners being Hindley - a fantastic garden! - Torquay and North Berwick. Locally Heaton Chapel gained a third for their Trompe l'oeil in the Community Arts' section. We offer our congratulations to Gerald Townson of Bentham for his deserved successes! The big winner of the evening was ScotRail named overall winner. We have sent our congratulations to our friend and supporter at ScotRail, John Yellowlees for guiding ScotRail to this community success!
On Saturday 27th September John K and Neil set off at 6.37 to make their way to Preston for the Northern stakeholder day out. A very imaginative itinerary had been put together by Northern's Craig Harrop which included a steam train ride on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, Boat trips on Windermere and a lunch at The Hydro Hotel in Bowness. Over 200 people were involved and it was really nice to catch up with friends and news from other stations Neil and Andy from Walkden, Angela from Freccles..... after a misty start to the day weather got better and the trip to Ambleside showed the Lake District's fells at their best! Alex Hynes, Northern's MD, addressed everyone at the Hotel and he spent time too discussing issues with individuals. It was a really good day out and we thank Northern for their organisation and hospitality. It was also good to have time to chat to some of Northern's most senior personnel and to renew acquaintances.
WE ARE DELIGHTED to report the installation of new for old historic railings on Howard Street adjoining and protecting the railway line! The 37 existing panels are now 102 years old and are very much showing their age! We have been actively campaigning for them to be replaced for several years and it is great to see the immaculate red and green new railings going up! Painting the original railings in 2007 was one of the first voluntary jobs - taking months to complete - that FOGS undertook. Our thanks to Network Rail for listening and responding to our concerns and to Pete Gaskell, in particular, for spearheading the drive to get new replacement railings in situ.
On Tuesday 23rd September Bunty and Neil changed all the flowerbox and basket arrangements from summer to autumn displays. It was Neil's first attempt at this and he appreciated Bunty's expert flower arranging advice! Mr Haider, Glossop Station's very pleasant and efficient ticket/security officer, helped in between checking tickets by "mending" alliums and sweeping up. And keeping us in good humour! Our thanks for this much appreciated assistance! We hope travellers through the station enjoy these new seasonal displays.
On Sunday 21st September over 500 daffodil bulbs were planted alongside the Embankment garden at Glossop station by the 6am Sunday morning FOGS' gardening team! The bulbs were kindly donated by members of Glossop's U3A following a talk Neil gave in the summer to them. We are very grateful to them and to Hazel, Sadie and Bernard for further cash and bulb donations. We hope to plant more bulbs, weather and time permitting, in October.
Our thanks as always to Network Rail for their ongoing supprt of our gardening work. We hope the daffodils will be a splash of colour in the Spring!
Swiftly following on from the closing date of the consultation period came news from the Government/DfT of three shortlisted bidders for the Northern Rail franchise beginning Feb 2016.
They are ABELLIO
ARRIVA (Deutsche Bahn/ DB)
We will, like others, monitor the plans and aspirations of these companies for the North of England rail franchise. First, Keolis and Stagecoach are the shortlisted companies for the Trans Pennine franchise currently operated by First TransPennine.
It is with sadness that we report the death yesterday morning, Sunday 17th August. of Eve Halbert at her home in Glossop. Eve has had a long struggle with cancer and several operations. For the last few weeks she has been in a local hospice but it was her wish to return home and this was arranged with the help of friends and Derbyshire Social Services. Eve first became involved with FOGS a couple of years ago when she turned up to help with the Sunday morning cleaning. As a fiesty Glaswegian Eve spoke her mind but did so with humour, insight and compassion.
A remarkable lady who touched a lot of people and their lives. Eve always sought to give practical help and this is what appealed to her about working with FOGS. We have a lovely picture of Eve giving children tangerines at last year's Christmas event. The joy of this simple task just shines out of her face as she does this! Recognising the need for a place of beauty and nature Eve has also set up, in the last two years, a garden at The Genesis Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital which has received much acclaim. The garden is to be called The Garden of Eve in recognition of what she has done. Yesterday was our monthly Embankment gardening session and Eric and Neil planted a scented pink phlox in a prominent position for Eve not realising Eve had died a little earlier that morning. A poignant planting. We hope those of you who use the station will be able to see and think of Eve when you see this lovely flower.
We send our sincerest condolences to Eve's family and in particular to her niece Karen. We would also like to pay tribute to Eve's remarkable friends - Pauline, Daphne, Paddy and Julie and others who have done so much to support Eve in recent times.