Rotary International making a difference with Station Adoption

20 Feb, 2016
Rotary International have been involved with Station Adoption in Scotland and else where for many years. Here is a quick round up of events:- 

Livingston RotaryLivingstone South

This image shows the lovely bee-friendly fence hanging planting  that Livingston Rotary Club have undertaken at Livingston South station on the Shotts route between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The very conspicuous signage is an important part of the project,  letting  people know what Rotary is about and  promoting the ScotRail Adopt a Station scheme. It has the additional benefit of  lifting the Rotary Clubs  profile for fund raising.

Rotary Club adopts Platform 3 at Airdrie Station

The Rotary Club of Coatbridge, Airdrie & Monklands adopted platform 3 at Airdrie Station approximately three years ago.  The station had already been adopted by Dr Ann Glen, a local author and long standing railway enthusiast, but having to carry water across the bridge and along the platform was a bit much for a lady, so Rotary to the rescue.

On Platform 3 we have four half whisky barrels, supplied by the local Inver House Distillers Company, plus a barrel train supplied by ScotRail, in which we put summer bedding plants in April to give a good splash of colour for the spring/autumn period and then replace these with winter pansies around end October/beginning November which again gives some colour and cheer to the platform until spring comes around again when the cycle restarts.

We see this as being of mutual benefit to locals and to Rotary, whereby we provide a service to the Airdrie train commuters by helping keep the station looking good and, by having Rotary Roundels at each of the barrel positions plus our local Rotary Club signage at the front and back of the barrel train, we help promote the name of Rotary.  Everyone in Rotary believes that we do a lot of good work, but agrees that we are very poor at advertising ourselves, so hopefully this goes a little way to addressing that problem.

Also, we have five notice boards on platform 2 of the station to which we have total access to display any signage or artwork we choose.  One of the local schools, Old Monkland Primary, has a RotaKids Club where they run art competitions, generally on a local and seasonal basis, from which the winners’ drawings are chosen and then displayed at the station – again, this provides some colour in the station for commuters to while away a little time as they await the arrival of their train.  We also use these notice boards to help advertise our charity events.

In return for the above, twice per year ScotRail provide us with a couple of return tickets for travel between any two stations in Scotland, which we use as raffle prizes in our two main annual charity events, a BBQ in August and a Burns Supper in February, which each generate in the region of £3,000 for our chosen charities.

Denby Dale And District Rotary Club

The Denby Dale and District Rotary have  worked with the Penistone Line Partnership to improve their ‘home’ station at  Denby Dale, having got that one up to scratch they moved on to Penistone and finally Stockmoor.

Some of the planters at these stations were is need of serious restoration and club members have massively improved them. The image right is of Denby Dale Rotary getting stuck in at Stocksmoor.

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