As part of our Community Rail Awards 2020, The Friends of Buxton Station (FoBS) created a set of mini-sagas, which were transformed into moving video pieces for the event.

How the mini-sagas came together

The Friends of Buxton Station became concerned about the mental health and wellbeing of young people in their local communities during the government’s first Covid-19 lockdown. With the aim of keeping positive thoughts alive, the group issued an innovative and creative writing challenge, asking young people to use the mini-saga concept to write imaginative and happy stories in exactly 50 words, taking their minds off any thoughts of negativity or confinement.

Using the title ‘It happened at Buxton Station’, they contacted Buxton Junior School and encouraged pupils who were being home-schooled to enter. The three winning entries received family rail passes courtesy of Northern, and were featured in local media.

FoBS then decided to use National Volunteers Week in June to expand the project to encompass volunteers across the wider community railmovement, asking people to create stories using the titles, “This is what community rail is all about”, or “Heart of the community”. The challenge received an enthusiastic response, with many station adopters sharing inspiring and uplifting experiences that allowed people to reconnect and interact in a positive way.