Community Rail News – 22 December 2020

Community Rail News – 22 December 2020

22 Dec, 2020

Hi everyone. We hope you’re well and looking forward to a restful and happy Christmas break, despite the circumstances. This week we’re providing a few updates and dates for the diary, and sharing cheering stories from across the community rail movement. If you have stories, please send them to Nik.

Sharing the successes

Another hearty congratulations from us to all this year’s Community Rail Award winners. Don’t forget, you can read about all of these wonderful examples of community rail delivering impact in our winners’ booklet, and watch the event back. You’ll also find our Scenic Rail Britain interlude clip here, and we’re in the process of making some of the other elements available separately too. We’ve also been working with the winners to issue press releases: if you spot any coverage, please email
We also wanted to congratulate the Community Rail Network team, who worked incredibly hard to make our first online awards special and memorable.

Community Rail Conference

As you’ll hopefully be aware, our 2021 Community Rail Conference, run in partnership with the Department for Transport for community rail partnerships and their rail partners, will this year be online. We’ll have four sessions from 10am-12pm, on 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th March, with a strong focus on sharing of ideas, experience and good practice to support recovery. Details and invitations to follow in the new year.

Community Rail in the City

Due to the changeable environment, we’re pencilling in two dates for Community Rail in the City: 12 May or 30 June 2021. We are aiming to confirm which date will go ahead in mid-February. Usually, this fantastic event involves community rail partnerships and station groups descending on city stations to run interactive activities and promoting awareness of their lines for leisure and tourism. Needless to say, we don’t know yet what will be possible and appropriate come next spring, but we hope to be able to work with members to carry out digital and face-to-face promotional work. To register your interest in taking part, contact Alice.

Changes within our team

As many of you know, our head of comms, resources and events, Anders Hanson, is leaving Community Rail Network this month after four years with the team. We’re sure you will all join us in thanking him for all his hard work and dedication, and wish him all the very best.

With Anders moving on, we are making some adjustments to reorganise us into three teams rather than two: support & development (unchanged); comms & policy; events, people & funding, and will be recruiting two managers (one part time) to lead the latter two. This won’t directly affect the support you get from the team, but it should help us to significantly step up (at a critical time) our work championing community rail, carrying out PR, and sharing insights, as well as helping us to be more organised and effective in the way we support our growing membership. If you have queries, do speak to your usual contact, and we’ll update you as we get new team members in post in the coming months.

Your next bulletin is on 6th Jan. Keep up-to-date in between on Twitter and Facebook.

Wishing you all a peaceful and joyful Christmas,
Jools and Richard

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