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!
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.
Northern has announced that there will be a new peak time evening fare period Mondays to Fridays as from 8th September from 16.00 to 18.29. Off peak return tickets will NOT be valid in this time period. Evening ranger tickets and evening fare tickets will also be withdrawn from this date. This change is part of the new interim franchise deal struck with the DfT and is designed to bring in more fare box revenue. For some travellers however, the price increase will be significant. Current peak period fare Glossop to Manchester is £7.70 and off peak £4.20. To return between 16.00 and 18.29 a peak single or a return will be required. Other lines and areas within Northern will also have the same evening restrictions. Do check and plan your journey times carefully! No change to weekend fares/times.
We are delighted to announce that both Glossop and Dinting stations have received shortlisting status in separate categories in the 2014 ACoRP National Community Rail Awards.
For Glossop the nomination is for THE EMBANKMENT GARDEN in the Best Station Garden Category. Created three years ago by Friends of Glossop station the garden has attracted a lot of attention from local travellers and visitors. We have been delighted with the way it has matured and become a focal point! What is unusual is that the small band of FOGS' gardeners who tend it work under a safety licence from Network Rail. This means access once a month on a Sunday between 06.00 and 09.00 when no trains are running. So a lot has to be done in a short space of time!! We owe sincere thanks to Pete Gaskell, Russell Pike, Andy Hannan and Mike Franklin from Network Rail for their ongoing support and assistance in organising this access to the garden.
For Dinting the nomination is for DINTING IN CERAMICS a project developed by Project Earth as part of High Peak Commnity Arts. Spearheaded by Alison Bowry and Glossop Ceramicist Adrian Holt, they worked with vulnerable High Peak adults to create 5 pieces of ceramics reflecting Dinting station and its environs. The pieces were installed to considerable local acclaim by Alan Menzies and members of Friends of Glossop station in June. The category is Community Art Schemes.
The ACoRP Awards' night is Thursday 2nd October in Scarborough and it marks the 10th anniversary of these important national awards. More information and full listings of all nominees can be found by accessing the ACoRP web site.
On 24 July in Glossop the High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership met to consider responses to the DfT for the new Northern and TransPennine franchises due to start February 2016. Each of the 3 local lines - Buxton, Glossop and the Hope Valley - was considered thoroughly and a detailed response for each line has been produced. More information on these can be found by accessing the HPHVCRP website hvhptp.org.uk which also has the link to the Department's Consultation paper. Specifically for the Glossop Line it was suggested earlier trains on Sundays would be of benefit as would retaining a 30 minute service throughout the evening. We urged that the current 323 trains should continue in use and that the service remain Heavy Rail. Further investment should take place in providing electronic travel information particularly at Dinting, Broadbottom, Hattersley and Newton.Ticket offices should be retained and buildings enhanced. Possible TfGM proposals for future Tram train operation have been viewed as unsuitable for the Glossop Line by both the High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership and the South East Manchester Community rail Partnership. It is hoped to establish a Glossop Line Group later in the year for the Glossop Line. Anyone interested in being part of this is asked to contact FOGS. We would particularly like representation which covers Tameside and the stations of Newton and Flowery Field. Anyone is welcome to comment on the DfT franchise proposals but these much reach the DfT at Great Minster House, Horseferry Road London SW1P 4DR by August 18th. It is expected that the Government will announce 3 or 4 possible bidders for each of the two franchises in September/October.
The recently opened cafe at Glossop station TWIG has changed its opening hours. These are now 06.00 to 14.30 Monday to Friday and 9.30 to 16.30 Saturday and Sunday.
Hadfield Station is 170 years old this year! Built in 1844 it celebrates this significant milestone! Joy Hallsworth, Chair of Friends of Hadfield Station, hopes to mark the event later this summer - more details when known.
Our congratulations from FOGS!
FoGS were delighted that His Grace, the Duke of Norfolk, took time out during his visit to the area to call at Glossop Station on Sunday 13th July.
Following his attendance at a special Drumhead Service in Manor Park commemorating lost local soldiers in the Great War and organised by Glossop British Legion, the Duke made his visit to the Station.
FoGS Chairman, Neil Williams accompanied Northern Rail’s Glossop Line Manager, Theo McLauchlin with Natalie Loughborough, Northern Rail's Customer Services Director, gave him a short tour of the station. Opened in 1847 by his ancestor the 13th Duke of Norfolk he was also able to see the more recent improvements that have taken place.
AN HISTORIC PLAQUE IS UNVEILED
Before leaving the Duke unveiled a plaque marking the historic link to the Howard family's building of the station by the 13th Duke of Norfolk in 1847. The iconic lion standing proudly over the station's frontage is now explained! In his speech the Duke made everyone laugh when he said the original cost had been £10,000 to build the station but the 13th Duke later sold it to the Sheffield, Ashton under Lyne and Manchester Railway Company and got his money back! Neil, from FOGS, spoke of the Duke's vision in creating Glossop Central station thus ensuring Glossop was connected to the main line just over a mile away. And with the station now 167 years old it continues to do its job and, currently passenger figures, approaching 800,000 annually are the highest in its history!
Accompanied by Natalie and Theo the Duke was shown the Poetry Platform where the current display commemorates The Great War. Like many families The Duke lost relatives in this period (Poems selected by Penny Greenwood/display by Paul Marsh).
Moving across to The Embankment Garden he was surprised to hear how this was tended when Neil explained that a little band of FoGS' gardeners had been doing work between 6am and 9am before he arrived! Natalie advised the Duke that the early start was necessary to meet the safety regulations issued by Network Rail.
He was then shown the Waiting Rooms with their displays where he met Norma Creedy and Doreen Ball whose paintings are currently on show in the Art Gallery. The tour concluded with a look inside the new Twig cafe where the Duke met owners Lee and Mike.
Other guests at the event included The Mayor and Mayoress of High Peak, Councillor Alan Barrow and his wife Sue, the leader of High Peak Council, Caitlin Bisknell, County Councillors Dave Wilcox and Damien Greenhalgh, Chair of The High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership. Also inattendance was Borough Councillor Jean Wharmby whose support of work done at the station goes back over 8 years.
Before he left he was presented with two gifts; a specially created framed montage of historic station pictures, made by Paul Marsh and in a "book" (which deceptively was a box!) was a sample of Bunty Gibson's renowned rocky road cake! A selection of poems written by pupils at The Duke of Norfolk Primary school was also given to the Duke by Caroline England and her daughter Charlotte.
FoGS would like to say a big thank you to Neill Manchee from Glossop British Legion for his help in arranging this visit and to Anthony Wright from Glossop Historical Society for support and advice. Our thanks to Natalie and Theo for attending, after a very busy period for Northern and, as always, for the unique support that Northern gives. And finally, of course our sincere thanks to His Grace, The Duke for being a most amenable and interested guest.
The big weekend finally came on 5th and 6th July - Allez Glossop and Le Tour de France! Saturday morning began with rain but quickly cleared to turn into a lovely day. Weeks of planning swung into action. Paul Spencer and Theo Mclauchlan from Northern had arranged for extra staff including many of their colleagues to man both Glossop and Hadfield stations from early morning to early evening. FOGS were offering a Welcome Table with some stunning posters created by Paul Marsh giving details of access to both the Longdendale Valley and Manor Park. Everyone looked cheery and bright in their Northern yellow "Taking you to the Tour" Tshirts! With barriers in place to ensure swift passage inside and outside the station passengers soon began to arrive and questions were many all day! Northern's free bang bangs for the children were very well received! The spirit of Northern at its best was evident again! Special thanks to John LeGrove, John Kimpton, Penny, Bunty, Andrea and Anthony from FOGS for hours of work at the Welcome Table and with SUNDAY CLEANING!
On the Sunday the day of Le Grand Depart Stage Two from York there was a sense of excitement in the air! Again Northern Managers were out and about at Hadfield and Glossop to ensure people got on the right trains and made the bus connections at Hadfield. Neil set off in his yellow Tshirt at 8.30 for Woodhead via the Longdendale trail where he joined an army of local folk heading in the same direction. It took him 2 and a half hours to reach Woodhead to find his viewing spot. Hundreds were gathering at the Holme Moss/Woodhead road junction in anticipation of an unusual viewing spot. Thousands of people eventually lined the route all with good humour! The weather was lovely despite a forecast of showers. Everyone was hoping that people watching on television would see our lovely Derbyshire Valleys at their best! Neil created a little oasis for Northern roadside by giving out Northern freebies which were very well received! The parade of sponsors passed by at around 1.30 pm with an array of French and English vehicles. The fun had begun! At 3.15 the first of 8 helicopters appeared to huge cheers and we knew the bikes were on their way! One breakaway leader Kadri, France shot by to huge cheers and sirens followed by packs of riders over the next ten minutes. Just when we thought it was over 3 more appeared to cheers of Keep Going! Sheffield that way! Then the long trek home begun and thousands hit the trail and roads. With thousands of cyclists the effect was of colourful waterfalls on the move! On the trail, in a very kind gesture, Derbyshire Fire Service and The Salvation Army gave out free sandwiches and water! Derbyshire Fire Service had also assisted in the putting up of the bunting around Glossop making it so very cheery and attractive! Neil called by the station at 18.00 to find all had gone well - a happy team of Northern managers were sharing stories. They were very appreciative of the help FOGS had given and the hospitality of the newly opened Twig cafe at the station. David Jones, from the Glossop Chronicle, had taken a team photo in the afternoon. Apart from the disappointment of ITV cutting to adverts downhill from Holme Moss (Big groans from the crowd in Manor Park!) the day was judged a big success at the Stations, in Manor Park and in the Valley! FOGS would like to thank Paul and Theo for all their help, planning and support and their Northern colleagues too. We would also like to thank Sarah Porru, Economic and Regeneration Officer at High Peak Borough Council, for her inspired vision of transforming Glossop into Allez Glossop for Le Tour and the fantastic community spirit which was engendered. Merci beaucoup for a very special Tour de France weekend in Glossop!