Community Rail Awards 2018 shortlist

Community Rail Awards 2018 shortlist

7 Aug, 2018


The Association of Community Rail Partnerships is very excited to announce the shortlisted entries for this year’s Community Rail Awards, headline sponsored by Abellio / ScotRail.

The Community Rail Awards, now in its 14th year, recognises the important and often unsung work carried out by community rail partnerships, station adopters and community groups, in areas such as station enhancement, community engagement and diversity. As always, the standard of entries has been extremely high.

The overall winners will be announced at a gala presentation evening on Thursday  4 October at the DoubleTree By Hilton in Glasgow.


The 2018 ACoRP Community Rail Awards shortlist


Involving Children and Young People – Sponsored by Rail Media

  • Severnside CRP, Cotham School and Great Western Railway – How to stay on the move over Easter 2018 and beyond
  • Kiwi Pre-school Playgroup – Bee-ing Sweet and Remembering Heroes
  • Abbey Line CRP– Primary School Station Adoption
  • 6VT Youth CRP – The UK’s first youth Community Rail Partnership
  • Merseyrail with Everton in The Community and Everton Free School – The Blue Garden
  • Poacher Line CRP & Sustrans – Marketing the Poacher Line by St George’s Academy
  • Essex & South Suffolk CRP, Susie Jenkins Cobnuts Co-operative, Wix & Wrabness School – Wrabness Railway Station Garden Sculpture for Nature
  • Conwy Valley Railway Partnership – Rail Safety Video


Involving Diverse Groups – Sponsored by Great Western Railway

  • Friends of Goostrey Station– Improving Goostrey Station
  • Acorn Village and Essex & South Suffolk CRP – Manningtree Railway on Tracks and Art in the Tunnel
  • Community Rail Lancashire – The Railway Confidence Programmes
  • Rail 74 Community Rail Partnership– Hamilton West Totem Pole Project


Community Art Schemes – Permanent and Larger Projects – Sponsored by Grand Central

  • South Fylde Line CRP – Blackpool Back on Track
  • North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership – People and Places of Penkridge
  • Severnside Community Rail Partnership & Crimestoppers– The Fearless Four Seasons Mural
  • Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership – Marvellous Community Art
  • Penistone Line Partnership – Huddersfield It’s Your Station


Community Art Schemes – Renewable and Smaller Projects – Sponsored by Transport for Greater Manchester

  • Bolton Station Community Development Partnership – Student Competition for Gala Poster
  • Friends of Heaton Chapel Station – Railway word-matrix artwork
  • Hindley High School– Artwork in Ticket Hall at Hindley Station
  • Nunthorpe & Marton Knitters – Royal Wedding
  • Kent Community Rail Partnership, Bradfields Academy & BTP Kent– British Transport Police Text Number Poster Campaign
  • Annie Lawson, Brenda Greenwood, Jane Truscott and Sue Mitchell – Fanfare for Local Business
  • Sussex Community Rail Partnership – Bexhill station – celebrating Bexhill’s people and communities through art
  • Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership, Kimberley College & Wootton Upper School– Stewartby Station Art Exhibition


Most Enhanced Station Buildings and Surroundings – Sponsored by Arriva Trains Wales

  • Friends of Buxton Station – Heritage-friendly life-saving improvements
  • Largs Community Garden – Largs Railway Station Community Garden
  • Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line – Settle Station Shelter
  • Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, the Tarka Rail Association and Partners – Barnstaple disused platform regeneration
  • Derwent Valley Line CRP and partner organisations – Duffield Station Decking and Planting Transformation
  • Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership – Cats Eyes Project
  • Esk Valley Railway Development Company – Flushed with Success – Glaisdale Toilet Re-opened
  • East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership, Greater Anglia and Beccles Station Adopters – Beccles Station Shelter and Enhancement

Small Projects Award (under £500) – Sponsored by Community Rail Lancashire

  • Helmsdale Station CIC – Helmsdale Station Jellicoe Plaque Unveiling Community Event
  • Great Western Coffee Shop Forum – Informing responses to the Great Western franchise consultation
  • Beulah Shaw & Friends of Brighouse Station – Insect & Bee Friendly Garden and ‘Hotel’
  • Friends of Patricroft Station – Where will you go to this Sunday?
  • Sussex Community Rail Partnership – Seaford Station – commemorating the First World War
  • Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership – History by Rail Day
  • Willington Women’s Institute – Willington Station Entrance Triangle
  • Friends of Ally Pally station – Hop on a Train


Best Community Engagement Project – Sponsored by Great Western Railway

  • West Highland Community Rail Partnership – Brief Encounters on the West Highland Line
  • Severnside Community Rail Partnership – On the Move Events
  • Community Rail Lancashire – Women Who Wander
  • Stockport Community Rail Festival 2018 Committee – Stockport Community Rail Festival
  • Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership – Community Rail Fun Day 2018
  • Aberdour Heritage Centre and Station Gardens – Aberdour Heritage Centre
  • Chester Shrewsbury Rail Partnership & the Gobowen Area Improvement Project (GAIP) – Gobowen Station Open Day & BIG Pop Up Shops


Best Marketing or Communications Campaign – Sponsored by Govia

  • Friends of Buxton Station – Multi-faceted marketing of Buxton, England’s sleeping giant Spa town
  • Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership with Friends of Littleborough & Community Rail Lancashire – Marvellous Days Out Marketing Campaign
  • TransWilts CRP – The TransWilts App – live train information
  • Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership – Branch Line Foodie Guides
  • Community Rail Officers of Wales & The Borders and The Great Little Trains of Wales – Bringing the Beach to Birmingham New Street Station
  • Poacher Line CRP – 100 years of aviation along the Poacher Line


Influencing Positive Change – Sponsored by TransPennine Express

  • North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership – Longton Station Community Day
  • Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership – Making an entrance at Blaydon!
  • East Suffolk Lines CRP and Greater Anglia Asset Team – Creating an environment of trust and cooperation
  • Women in Community Rail – Women in Community Rail – ‘Achieving Change Together’
  • East Lancashire CRP – Northern Apprentice Programme
  • Avocet Line Rail Users Group – Solar powered illuminated poster cases for timetables
  • Purbeck CRP, South Western Railway & Swanage Railway– South Western Railway service to Corfe Castle


Photo and Competition and Video Competition/ Best ‘Community Rail in Action’ Image – Sponsored by Porterbrook

  • Marston Vale CRP – Now, where is this planter going?
  • Gerald Townson – Selfie, Selfie, Selfie!
  • Bittern Line & Wherry Line CRPs – Bittern Line CRP Colouring Station at Norwich station, as part of 20th anniversary celebration
  • Anthony Barker Battersby Station Adopters – Goths on the Line!
  • Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership – Not too young to be involved, Volunteer elf at the Santa Express
  • Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership – Calstock Viaduct 110th Birthday celebrations on the party train
  • Friends of Handforth Station – Brownie Wave
  • Geoff Mitchell – Honest! Only hiding a signal cable trough!
  • Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership – Local Primary School adopt their local Station on the Abbey Line
  • Marston Vale CRP – Carefully does it! – Face painting on the santa special


Outstanding Volunteer Contribution – Sponsored by Northern

  • Louis Wall– South West Railway Adopters Gardening Group
  • Richard Lysons – Amazing Women by Rail project
  • Garry Purdy – Derwent Valley Line Volunteer
  • Julia Prigg – Wrabness Station Adopter
  • Paul Johnson – Rebuilding TransWilts into a thriving service
  • Steve Lloyd – Penmere Station Adopter
  • Rachel Osborne – Community Rail Humber Volunteer
  • Neil Williams – Glossop Station Adopter


It’s Your Station – Sponsored by ScotRail

  • Friends of Heaton Chapel Station – The Garden project
  • Friends of Brighouse Station – Brighouse Station
  • Friends of Buxton Station – Buxton Station
  • Friends of Angmering Station – Sidetracked
  • Friends of St Michael’s Station Liverpool – Station enhancement and gardening project
  • Attenborough Elderflower Community Gardens – Attenborough
  • Friends of Ally Pally Station – A Year at the Station
  • Andrew Loxton & YCCRP – Bridlington Floral Display
  • Barton – Cleethorpes Community Rail Partnership – New Holland Station Garden
  • South West Railway Adopters Gardening group – Bringing life to 19 stations across South west Scotland
  • Hutton Cranswick in Bloom – Hutton Cranswick Station Garden improvements
  • Market Rasen Station Adoption Group – Market Rasen Station
  • Syston in Bloom – Syston Station Environmental Challenge
  • Uddingston Pride Group – Uddingston Railway Station
  • Ancaster Station Adopters Group – Ancaster Station Garden
  • Radcliffe on Trent Station Adoption Group – Radcliffe on Trent Station improvements
  • Friends of Dawlish – The Boat
  • Friends of Irlam Station – Irlam station adoption
  • Friends of Cantley Station – Cantley Station
  • Reedham station adopters – Reedham station gardening, activities & outreach
  • Friends of Glossop Station – Glossop station adoption
  • Bridge Inn Community Farm – Formby Railway Station Gardens
  • Friends of Hindley Station – Hindley Station
  • Friends of Rose Hill Station – Rose Hill Station
  • Mytholmroyd Station Partership – Mytholmroyd Station
  • Friends of Alsager Station – Alsager Station Jinty Project
  • Friends of Kents Bank Station & Foreshore – Kents Bank Station & Foreshore

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