We are pleased to announce that entries for the 2020 Community Rail Awards, headline sponsored by Great Western Railway and South Western Railway, will open at 17:00, Tuesday 14 April.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic situation, the originally publicised awards ceremony date of 1 October is no longer viable, with train operators emergency measures in place for six months. We have therefore provisionally secured 9 December with the Guildhall in Southampton, so please change the date in your diaries. We know that December can be very busy, so isn’t ideal, but this was the optimum option for now, all things considered. Apologies if it causes issues. We will of course keep this date under close review, and will communicate in the coming months if we foresee this becoming unavailable. Rest assured, your efforts entering will not go to waste whatever happens: your entries will still be considered. For this reason, we continue to encourage all members to engage in this year’s awards.

We know many of you have already been considering your entries, and we know all of you have been carrying out important work worthy of recognition. It’s also more important than ever that we maintain positivity for the future, and our sense of pride and community across the community rail movement – the awards provide a chance to do that.

We have therefore published our entry booklet a little early, to enable you to review the categories and criteria, and start planning your entry. Take a look at our 2019 winners booklet for great entry examples.

Please do proceed with entering – whatever happens, your entries will still be considered!


How to submit a good awards entry

We’ll also be delivering the first of our online learning sessions in May (date tbc), on the topic ‘How to Submit a Good Awards Entry’. This bite-size webinar will include case studies of previous winning entries, plenty of practical advice and a live Q&A. The webinar will be available online for those who aren’t able to participate. We therefore advise members to prepare entries, but hold off submitting the final version until after this webinar – unless of course you feel fully confident in the quality of your entry. Please watch this space for more information.


Take a look back at the 2019 Community Rail Awards