Friends of Hadfield Station

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Presentation of FOHS first ever cheque

Photo Left to Right: Eric Igo, Cllr Jean Wharmby, Joy Hallsworth (FOHS Chair), Cllr. George Wharmby, Peter Kay and Jeff Mann. The man behind the camera is yours truly - Steve Bagshaw.

Sunday 2nd December saw the presentation to FOHS of a cheque for £200 from councillors George and Jean Wharmby. They have been long standing supporters of community railway groups and have in particular followed the fortunes of Friends of Glossop Station and lent them a helping hand along the way.  The source of the funding is Derbyshire County council's Community Leadership Fund, a scheme to provide small grants to community, voluntary, youth and other local organisations.  Its aim is to support worthwhile projects and initiatives that will benefit local communities.

Jean is the Chair of the High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership which is a consortium of local authorities and transport providers including  Derbyshire County Council, Northern Rail, Transport for Greater Manchester, The Peak District National Park Authority and Cheshire East Council, along with community groups which share the common aims of promoting and enhancing rail transport services in the Hope Valley and High Peak areas of Derbyshire.  The Partnership is hosted by Derbyshire County Council.  Much of the area it covers area lies within the Peak District National Park.

This is the first cheque that FOHS has banked in its brief history, though another is in the pipeline. We are greatly indebted and thankful both to former councillor Peter Kay (second from right above) and to serving councillor Dave Wilcox, both of whom made the group aware of the available funding and of course to Jean and George for helping us to access some much needed cash that will help us in our work of enhancing the environment of the station..

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