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Friends of Goostrey Station win special award

Cheshire station friends group, Friends of Goostrey Station (FoGS) have won Cheshire’s Best Kept Stations special award.

Mike Jarvis, former chair of FoGS, accepted the CBKS Special Award on behalf of the whole team.  Members had been asked to nominate the project that they were most proud of.  In his speech Mike said: “Our main aim when FOGS was formed some seven or eight years ago was to persuade the railway companies to renovate our Victorian former ticket office, of which there are few examples left in the whole country. We also wanted it to be brought back into use in some form. We have achieved that goal and it’s fitting that we have with us today Debbie Goldsmith and Sian Tudor Jones who plan be the first occupants of the building for many years. Their aim is to form working Art and Leather Studios with education workshops for adults and children.”

Mike went on to explain: “This was made possible thanks to Network Rail and The Railway Heritage Trust, which together funded the £150K renovation project.  It is also highly appropriate that we have with us Mark Barker from Cheshire’s Best Kept Stations, who introduced us to Andy Savage at the Railway Heritage Trust, and Rebecca Styles from Northern Rail, with whom the letting contract has been arranged.”