Lots of things have been happening at Bolton Station, as plans to develop it as an exciting community hub progress. The station’s community development partnership got three short-listed entries at the prestigious national Community Rail Awards in Telford earlier this month.
A new exhibition has opened at The Platform Gallery on Platform 5, showcasing the work of the station’s artist in residence Phil Porter. Partnership chair, Julie Levy, said: “We’re delighted to have Bolton artist and member Phil Porter as the very first artist-in-residence in the Platform Gallery. Phil has been capturing the ebb and flow of commuters on and off the trains, producing this very exciting visual response.”
The next exhibition starts on November 4, with Westhoughton-based artist Andy Smith displaying his work.
Bolton Trams will feature at the next open meeting of the station partnership on Wednesday November 6, in the Community Room on Platform 5. David Lloyd will give an illustrated talk on Bolton’s tramway history from 1901-1947, and the restoration of Bolton’s only remaining tram, Tramcar 66. The tram is currently operating services on Blackpool’s tramway system during the illuminations period and is resplendent in its traditional Bolton livery. The talk starts at 7.00 and everyone is welcome. The Platform Gallery will be open that evening.
The station partnership is holding its first Station Christmas Market on Saturday December 14 on Platforms 4/5 and is inviting local community groups and small businesses to have stalls displaying their wares and activities. There is no charge and anyone interested should contact the partnership secretary, Paul Salveson at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring him on 07795 008691.