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Friends of Handforth Station donate rail safety books to local school

Friends of Handforth Station (FoHS) has been engaging local school children in rail safety activities with the help of the book Arlo’s Adventures There and Back.

The Crewe to Manchester Community Rail Partnership kindly issued the Friends of Handforth Station with a number of copies of the ‘pick a path’ rail safety book written by train driver Bessie Matthews. The story (most suitable for children aged 7-13 years old) follows Arlo and his friends on a day out as they make safe choices around the railway, its trains, and its stations.

The Friends have sent the books to each of Handforth’s three primary schools, including donating 70 copies to St Benedict’s Roman Catholic Primary School at a special rail safety assembly on Friday 15 September.

Mike Bishop, President of FoHS, said: “We are very pleased to contribute to the school’s library with such a worthwhile book. We hope that they all enjoy reading it and, more importantly, they learn important lessons about how to travel safely on the railway.”

To place your own order of Arlo’s Adventures or to make an enquiry, visit the shop website or contact Aaron Jackson at Cosmos Solutions on

Keep up to date with future news, projects, and events from the Friends of Handforth Station via their website.

Mr Sonny McCarthy (far left) and Mrs Rosemary Thomason, teachers and members of FoHS, with Mike Bishop and pupils at St Benedict’s Roman Catholic Primary School.