CLICK HERE to read Chris' blog post
Chris from Kent recently traced his father's evacuee journey from Manchester to Glossop in 1939. Following on from that he made the same journey and a blog recounting that trip gives an interesting sight into what he found. Chris gratefully acknowledges help given by Glossop Heritage Trust.
CLICK HERE to read Chris' blog post
On a rainy Sunday 4th July The Branch Line Society ran a special train originating in York at 8.44 to various destinations in North West England some of which rarely see locomotive hauled trains. These included Penistone, Rose Hill, Guide Bridge, Glossop and Hadfield.
Hauled by two DRS Class 37 engines in top and tail mode the ten coach train attracted a lot of attention en route. At Glossop bunting had been placed along the platform to welcome the train though a thunderstorm heralded its arrival too. The train remained in Glossop for about ten minutes before leaving to visit Hadfield. Afterwards it retraced its outward journey to Guide Bridge and then onto Crewe. From here back to Stockport, Guide Bridge, New Mills, Chinley and the Hope Valley to Sheffield and York. We hope its passengers enjoyed their day!
DAVID JONES, editor of the Glossop Chronicle has recently retired after an amazing 58 years as a journalist. To many people in Glossop he is the Glossop Chronicle!
Friends of Glossop Station would like to thank David for all his interest and support of our projects and events over the last 13 years. He has, on many occasions, also turned up to take photos of events. We are particularly grateful for his support of the Lowestoft evacuee reunions now in their 81st year!
We are delighted he will continue with the All Our Yesterdays feature page in the Chronicle.
We wish David a happy and healthy retirement.
CLICK HERE to read more about David and watch a pictorial record across his 58 years at the Chronicle!
GLOSSOP ARTS PROJECT, in its Arts for Wellbeing sessions has created a Community Arts display celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Snake Pass.
Recently installed in the Waiting Room Art Gallery at Glossop Station the display chronicles the development of the Snake Pass from its early days as a turnpike road to present day. Recently voted the 5th most scenic road in the UK the display captures the rugged grandeur of its surroundings and the toil in its creation.
The Snake Pass can now be accessed 7 days a week by Hulleys X57 express bus service to Sheffield It is possible to get off and enjoy the scenic delights of Snake summit and Ladybower Reservoir without using a car. All railcards are valid on fares.
IT IS WITH SADNESS that Friends of Glossop Station learned of the death of Bryan Howard on May 8th in Lowestoft. Bryan was one of the 600 child evacuees who came to Glossop on June 2nd 1940 aged 7.
He was a stalwart on the reunion trips to Glossop. A real gentleman who so enjoyed seeing former homes and familiar places in Glossop and, in 2017, was part of the group from Lowestoft who unveiled the commemorative plaque at the station. (see the picture on the Lowestoft page).
Read a full tribute to Bryan here.
THE NEW POETRY PLATFORM display has been published today. Celebrating 'The Year of the English Coast' it acknowledges the opening this year of England's Coastal Path.
As well as verses to appreciate stunning coastlines it also features a poem by the celebrated poet, Dr John Cooper Clarke. Published on our display with the kind permission of the National Trust who commissioned the work to promote all that's special about the sea and its coastline. With the help of the Trust's supporters and the general public who also shared their own memories and love of the coast, it is a special poem by Dr Clarke for the nation and we thank the Trust for allowing its use on our Poetry Platform.
For more details on the National Trust please see their website
There is a new photographic display by FOGS' own John Kimpton in the Station Waiting Room Art Gallery!
John has put together some interesting images featuring primarily animals and plants taken around his home in Glossop. He has also featured some pictures of the steam engine he once owned (and its history) along with two photos of the Ferro Alloys' chimney being demolished. As a keen model railway owner John has also included some photos of his layout. All these photos will catch the eye!
John can be contacted on 01457 859128 and is happy to take further bookings from local artists and photographers for space in the Station Waiting Room Art Gallery.
A defibrillator was installed on the front of the station by Northern in the week before Christmas. Unfortunately planning permission had not been obtained. Glossop Station as a Grade 2 Listed building is subject to strict conservation rules. High Peak Borough Council then became involved. Its Conservation Officer gave Northern two months temporary planning permission and then, after that expired, it had to be relocated. All parties involved, including FOGS, were willing to find a suitable alternative site.
Two days ago the defibrillator was taken down. Northern has now made the decision to donate it to High Peak Council for a suitable town centre position. This could be for example be one of the BT payphone boxes in Norfolk Square.
We would like to thank County Councillor Jean Wharmby for her help with this issue and Gillian Bayliss Conservation Officer for High Peak Borough Council. And of course Becky Styles Community and Sustainability Manager at Northern for all her practical advice and assistance.
We are pleased to announce that Northern has permitted voluntary work to resume subject to understandable restrictions. We have since Monday installed a new Community Art Display by John Kimpton in the Waiting Room. New updated posters have been ordered as has a new Poetry Platform Display. These should be in place by Easter. Arrangements also in hand to change indoor flower displays to reflect Spring!
We are also pleased to announce that our Safety Case for working on the Embankment Garden in 2021 has been accepted by Network Rail. We have a new safety licence for Sunday gardening sessions. We thank John LeGrove for his meticulous work on this and the support received from Devon Wall and Russell Pike at Network Rail. Our first session, subject of course to restrictions, is planned for next month.