Stations victorious at awards night

Frodsham and Helsby station scoop honours at Cheshire Best Kept Station Awards

Pauline Jenkinson and Iain Whitley from NCRUG with Kim Hawkins from Arriva Trains Wales

The hard work of community volunteers who keep our local railway stations looking beautiful has been celebrated at the 11th Cheshire Best Kept Station Awards.

Pitted against railway station across the county, Helsby Station and Frodsham Station scooped coveted accolades at the annual awards evening at The Grange Theatre in Hartford on January 14.

Helsby station won the Roberts Bakery Special Award, which acknowledges volunteers’ efforts in maintaining the station’s four gardens, planters and pond.

Frodsham station received the Cheshire Celebrates Award in recognition of its national award for the restoration and re-purposing of the building, as well as the continued upkeep of the gardens.

Philip Briggs, Janet Briggs and Kim Hawkins, group station manager for the north at Arriva Trains Wales
Philip Briggs, Janet Briggs and Kim Hawkins, group station manager for the north at Arriva Trains Wales
 

It is now home to Frazar James Hairdressing.

Janet Biggs, president of North Cheshire Rail Users’ Group (NCRUG), which takes care of the upkeep of the stations at Helsby, Frodsham and Runcorn East, said: “We are really very happy that we have got awards for all three stations.”

Janet puts their success down to ‘a lot of enthusiasm and hard work’, adding: “We have got little teams at each station working hard to improve them for passengers .”

Organiser of Cheshire Best Kept Stations John Hulme commended the volunteers from the NCRUG, who ‘give their time freely and without question’.

 

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