PHASE TWO of the historical sign boards project is nearing completion. Boards have been prepared for Ashburys, Gorton, Fairfield and Hattersley. Much work has gone into the creation of the contents by Paul Abell (Ashburys and Gorton), Jeroen Blom (Fairfield) and Babs Allen (Hattersley). Neil Williams has provided additional advice. We thank Anne Michaelides at naturedesignsign for her patience during checking processes and for producing four excellent designs! Paul Abell's editorial skills have also been much appreciated. Peter Longden interim Glossop Line Manager for Northern has viewed possible sites for the boards. This was followed up by a visit on Friday 22nd February by those involved led by Steve Forde Community Rail Officer for SEMCRP -the organisation funding these boards. Steve has been a staunch supporter of this project and his report on locations has now been submitted to Northern for final approval. So we look forward to seeing these new boards in situ to complement those at Glossop, Hadfield and Dinting. There will be a formal launch of these boards in the near future and we will publicise this date when known.
We are delighted to pass on the news that our regular gating staff: Alan, Tom, Rizwan, Hamza, Daniel and William have recently received a national Superstar Award from their company for the quality of their work at Glossop Station. We offer our congratulations on this well deserved recognition. The team contribute much to the ambience of the station as they meet and greet travellers on a daily basis. We also very much appreciate their ongoing support for the work and projects that we do at the station.
FORTY THREE reception children, their class teachers, class assistants, parent helpers from The Duke of Norfolk Primary School took a trip on the 10.01 Glossop to Hadfield train and back this morning.
The trip proved quite an adventure for the children! The weather forecast was for high winds and rain but, fortunately, conditions were much calmer as the party left the school to weave through neighbouring streets to reach the station. Much excitement and waving at the driver as the train pulled in. Then it was all aboard!
Local landmarks were picked out en route and at Hadfield the children swopped seats to see the views on the other side. For many of the children this was their first ride on a train and it was a pleasure to share their excitement! The friendly guard chatted to the children and back at Glossop he arranged with the driver to sound a two tone horn loudly as the train left the platform. This resulted in a big cheer and a lot of happy children! The gating staff, Tom and Daniel, kindly gave out souvenir tickets for the children to take back to school and home. A really good trip!
We would like to thank Rebecca Styles, Northern's new Community and Sustainability Manager, for organising the free travel and conveying the arrangements so effectively. Also the teachers, led by Mrs Clarke, for letting us be part of the fun at school and on the train and, of course, the driver and guard for happily entering into the spirit of the occasion. True Northern ambassadors!
If any other local school would like a similar trip then do get in touch.
We wish you a very happy and healthy New Year!
At the start of 2019 we are pleased to welcome a new artist, Chris Taylor, to the Station's Waiting Room Art Gallery. A graduate of Birmingham and then Liverpool Schools of Art, Chris worked in Animation as a career for forty years on a range of cartoon and puppet films for the BBC, ITV and other companies.
On retirement Chris, who now lives in Glossop, returned to his first love calligraphy and lettering which he produces from his Meadow Hill Studio in Stockport.
His subject matter includes images of wildlife as well as calligraphy collages frequently using bamboo pens and brushes in his work.
Chris has exhibited in various venues across the High Peak including Hayfield, New Mills and Buxton Art Gallery. He has also exhibited in Stockport Art Gallery and Museum. His work can now be viewed daily during booking office opening hours at Glossop Station and may be purchased. Contact Chris on 01457 857315.
We were delighted to welcome David Brown, Managing Director of Northern to our Santa event at the station on Saturday. David was kindly fulfilling a commitment made in 2017 to switch on our Christmas tree lights. He proved to be a most amenable and pleasant guest engaging in conversation with staff, FOGS and visitors. When switching on the lights remotely using Eric Pass' special gadget, David had everyone smiling when in his speech he said that having control of a "remote" was sometimes a rare experience! We very much enjoyed having David as a guest and we thank him for this visit!
Around 45 families visited Santa in the Waiting Room where every child had a chat and, of course, a photo! Santa then gave every child a small free gift. As always being in Santa's presence meant a sampling of the special magic of Christmas!
Making a welcome return to the Christmas event was Glossop Model Railway Society under the direction of Martin and Mike. Their seasonal interactive layout proved a hit! Nearby Andrea and Barbara were kept busy as they helped children to create decorations for the tree on the craft table. The lovely tree kindly supplied by Glossop Garden Centre now looks a treat! The music was once again provided by SPINDRIFT and they had everyone's feet tapping. Our sincere thanks to Alison, Peter and Peter. Joining in the fun as guests were Andrew Walker, Partnership Officer for the High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership, his wife Linda and their grandchildren. Their ongoing staunch support is much appreciated.
Also joining us for the event was Simon Brooks, Glossop Line's Northern Manager, looking suitably festive! We would like to say a big thank you to Simon for his advice and support in organising this event during the ongoing industrial action and for all his help on the day.
Our sincere thanks of course to everyone who came on the day in awful weather to support us!
Special thanks in conclusion to Mike at TWIG station cafe for time and technical assistance generously given earlier in the week! To the staff in the booking office and on duty at the gates: our appreciation for their help and patience. To Paul and Jo thanks for help with publicity with excellent posters and social media updates
From all of us at FOGS to all of you - a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
The Friends of Glossop Station Christmas event is on this weekend! Come and meet Father Christmas in the station Waiting Room. Music and craft activities with the Christmas tree lights switch on at 11.20. Come and join in the fun!
This morning Pete and Neil on behalf of the group welcomed Ruth George MP for High Peak to the station for a pre - arranged tour. It was Ruth's first visit to the inside of the station! We were able to show her various projects with which we have been involved such as the vintage lantern style lights and recent display and information boards. Ruth showed an engaging and empathetic interest in our work as we toured the station. She took time to meet the gating staff and had a chat with Dave at the booking office about his work. The visit also allowed Pete and Neil to discuss current issues including the case for CCTV at Dinting station and the possible impact on the current timetable if planned changes take place to the type of trains currently providing the service on the Glossop Line. We have promised to supply further information to Ruth on this issue.
Neil also explained the work of WICR -Women in Community Rail - to Ruth and its championing of more women in the rail industry. Penny, in FOGS, is a keen and active member of WICR and we are keen to promote its work and aims. Neil also praised the work of Andrew Walker and The High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership as being an excellent local working forum for the Buxton, Glossop and Hope Valley Lines.
Ruth was also interested in the commemorative display on the Lowestoft Evacuation and Neil explained the background to the story.
Before leaving the station Ruth took time to visit the warm and welcoming environment of TWIG cafe where she spoke to staff and admired the Christmas decorations.
We thank Ruth very much for finding the time in her busy schedule to visit us. Neil gave her, on leaving, a copy of the 2018 ACoRP Awards' booklet in which our recent awards are highlighted. Ruth had kindly commended us on gaining these. It was overall a most pleasant visit!
Join us as around the tree at Glossop Station as we switch on the lights with Father Christmas as we begin the run-up to the Festive season on Saturday 8th December!
In dry and clear conditions our long planned Armistice event took place at Guide Bridge, Hattersley, Glossop and Hadfield stations. Organised and coordinated by the Friends groups at each of the four stations, the event drew much public support and goodwill. Linking each station's events were three soldiers in First World War uniforms who gave the event authenticity and gravitas.
At Guide Bridge much of the garden and adjoining fencing was bedecked in locally made knitted poppies. An olive tree was planted to commemorate Armistice. Andy and Barry's efforts, along with their team, got the event off to a flying start!
At Hattersley Babs had on display some of the many commemorative painted pebbles created by local schoolchildren. These will be cemented in during the near future along with a permanent art display.
At Glossop over 100 people listened to the period tunes played by students from Chetham's School of Music. The quality of the music was excellent deservedly receiving much applause. John LeGrove directed the students playing his own arrangements whichincluded stalwart favourites, Roses of Picardy and It's a Long Way to Tipperary. Our thanks to the students and John.
Thanks also to Mike, staff and customers at adjoining TWIG cafe for their forbearance when entering and leaving the cafe during this busy period.
Events culminated at Hadfield station where photos were taken on the platform before the guests assembled at the nearby Cenotaph. Four local children in locally produced themed tabards handed out commemorative leaflets. Joy addressed those gathered with appropriate thoughts on war and hopes for peace. This was followed by Paul and Neil reading three poems The Soldier; In Flanders Fields and For The Fallen. Neil invited everyone to join in the famous lines beginning They shall not grow old . . . we will remember them as a respectful conclusion to the event.
Light refreshments prepared by Joy and team were then taken in a warm and welcoming Hadfield Hall!
The Four Friends groups would like to thank the following: the three soldiers, Daniel, Chris and Dan for their patience and goodwill; Paul Marsh for his beautifully produced commemorative leaflets; Chethams School of Music - the students and Dave Chatterton and John LeGrove - for their evocative music; Simon Brooks, Glossop Line Manager for Northern whose permissions and arranging for free travel by train for participants were much appreciated, and our grateful thanks to Steve Forde at South East Community Rail Partnership for sponsorship of the event.
We were touched by the number of people turning up at the stations and for the staunch support given by local press especially David and photographer colleagues from the Glossop Chronicle, Susan at the High Peak Review and Christina from SSAFA PR North West.
1918 - WE WILL REMEMBER THEM - 2018
The Armistice event will take place as scheduled. There will be a limited train service operating on the Glossop Line on Saturday 3rd November. Trains leave Guide Bridge 8.38 9.38 10.08 and Hattersley at 8.47 9.47 10.20 to connect with events at Hattersley, Glossop and Hadfield. From Glossop 8.21 and Hadfield 8.13 to connect with the event at Guide Bridge and 9.21 and 9.13 respectively for the Hattersley event.
Due to the limited train service it may not be possible to move the military personnel to each station's events but we will do our very best!
Event at Guide Bridge around 9am. Please note there is an additional tree planting at 11am.
Event at Hattersley around 9.30 am New commemorative art work
Event at Glossop around 10.30 am Chethams Students play period tunes
Event at Hadfield around 11.15 am Readings by Cenotaph at entrance to station
Then light refreshments at Hadfield Hall to mark the end of the event.
Everybody is warmly invited to join us as we strive to commemorate the role of railways during wartime.
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