Congratulations to our fantastic 2021 winners and placed entries. Take a look below to see who won and don’t forget, you can find out more about all these projects in our Winners Booklet.


Community Rail Network Award for Outstanding Contribution to Community Rail

Joint winner: Southeast Communities Rail Partnership

Joint winner: Friends of Buxton Station


Board’s Special Recognition Award

Winner: Kulvinder Bassi MBE


Outstanding Volunteer Contribution

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Winner: Dave Carlisle – Friends of Buxton Station

2nd: Michael Solomon Williams – Friends of Ally Pally Station

3rd: David Wallace – Friends of Workington Station


Station Friends and Adopters at the Heart of Communities

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Winners: Friends of Buxton Station

2nd: Lowestoft Central Project for Lowestoft Central Project

3rd: Farnborough Street Residents Association for Reg’s Garden at Farnborough North


Involving Children and Young People

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Winner: Community Rail Education Network for Backtrack: Create it, Share it, Save lives

2nd: Sheree Whetren and Berrywood Primary School for ‘Hub of Hope’

Joint 3rd: Mytholmroyd Station Partnership for for ‘Sing Along the Line’

Joint 3rd: Penistone Line Partnership and Rosie Pearsall for Penistone – ‘Little Town, Lotta Heart’


Involving Diverse Groups

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Winner: South East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership for Hate Crime Awareness Project

2nd: Community Rail Lancashire for Bonded Together with a Prayer Bead

3rd: Poacher Line Community Rail Partnership and ‘My Little Allotment’ for Poacher’s Patch


Community Creative Projects and Station Arts

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Winner: Community Rail Cumbria and Workington Focus Group for ‘The Rails Which Circled the World’ – Outdoor Art Exhibition at Workington Railway Station

2nd: Friends of Buxton Station for Extinction-threatened Bilberry Bumblebee Legacy Artwork

Joint 3rd: Community Rail Lancashire for All Along the Line

Joint 3rd: Camberwell Society for Denmark Hill Station Art Trail


Small Projects Award – under £500

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Winner: Bittern Line Community Rail Partnership, Greater Anglia Asset Team, Dura Composites Ltd for West Runton Station Sign Restoration

2nd: Poacher Line Community Rail Partnership and Voluntary Centre Services for Voluntary Centre Services Action Day – Sleaford Station

3rd: East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership, Derby Road station adopters, Ipswich Friends of the Earth and Ipswich Wildlife Rangers for Derby Road Pollinator Patch


Best Community Engagement Project

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Winner: Community Rail Lancashire for 100 Women, 100 Journeys

2nd: Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership for ‘The Bees’ Knees’ – Alresford Bee Friendly Community Station Garden

3rd: Conwy Valley and North West Wales Coast Community Rail Partnership for Walking for Wellbeing


Best Communications

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Winner: Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership for Dartmoor Line Communications Group – Promoting a New Era for the Line to Okehampton

2nd: Southeast Communities Rail Partnership, Meldreth, Shepreth, and Foxton Community Rail Partnership, Darent Valley Community Rail Partnership, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership, and Beds and Herts Community Rail Partnership for ‘Countryside, Capital, and Coast’ – an Online Thameslink Guide

3rd: Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership for Keeps Communications on Track


Influencing Positive Change & Sustainability

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Winner: East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership and Suffolk County Council for Katch All-Electric Demand-Responsive-Transport Link

2nd: Southeast Communities Rail Partnership and GTR/Southern for The Passenger Benefit Fund vs Pandemic Lockdown – An Unexpected Journey

3rd: South East Lancashire Community Rail Partnership for Rivington Bus Project


Photo Competition

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Winner: Poacher Line Community Rail Partnership and The Friends of Radcliffe Station for Roll out the Barrows!

2nd: Southeast Communities Rail Partnership for A Winning Entry for Glynde Station Metalwork Trains

3rd: Phil Wallis for Making a New Family Home at Morecambe Station; Watch Out!


Download our Winners Booklet