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.
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!
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