Fourteen Cheshire stations have scooped awards at the recent Cheshire Best Kept Stations Annual Award Evening attended by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, the Lord Mayor of Chester and eight other Mayors.
The Awards were presented before 120 guests on 12th January 2016 at The Grange Theatre, Hartford, Northwich by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs, MBE, KStJ, Professor Paul Salveson, a founding father of the Community Rail movement and Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Northern Rail.
Alsager won the coveted top Best Kept Station’ Award, and Sandbach won the ACoRP Award. A special award was presented to John Hulme, founder of the Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards and organiser for twelve years, who stood down last year.
On announcing the Alsager Award, Mark Barker, Organiser of Cheshire Best Kept Stations said: ‘Alsager Station won the Best Kept Station Award for being a magnificent station with one of the best floral displays the judges had seen, great involvement with the local community including Betley Primary School, Alsager Women’s Institute and local residents. A “Make Tracks for Alsager” marketing campaign promoted the station and its train services using leaflet drops, web campaigns and press releases.’
Sandbach Station won the ACoRP Award not only for a new impressive series of planters but their community involvement which earned them a Highly Commended in a recent Community Pride competition. The volunteers here are clearly busy in their community as well as on the station.
The full list of winners of the Cheshire Best Kept Stations 2015 can be downloaded here Cheshire Best Kept Station Awards 2015 –