7th November 2009 - 31st December 2009

Volunteers on the Mid Cheshire have been supporting CSV Make a Difference Day.

Friends of Mid Cheshire Stations have been out volunteering at Cuddington, Greenbank, Plumley and Mobberley Railway Stations. 

Our photo shows Church volunteers from Christ Church, Greenbank taking positive action at Greenbank Railway Station.

Led by Christ Church Minister, Rev James Hughes, over 20 volunteers spent the morning replanting two large flower troughs. They also cut back foliage and tidied and swept the platforms.

Plans are in hand to continue the work and re-plant the gardens on the Chester bound platform.

Rev James Hughes said "Our Church is at the station, so we thought we would go platform side and show the positive impact that giving time to benefit others could have. True community spirit in tough times will go a long way in improving our immediate neighbourhood at Greenbank. Volunteering can also be fun and rewarding".

Sally Buttifant, the Mid Cheshire Community Rail Officer said "We have many volunteers supporting the Mid Cheshire Line, working with partners to care for our stations and improve rail services. The Church volunteers at Greenbank have made a huge difference to the station and are our unsung heroes. We now welcome other local residents to join our Greenbank Team and make a difference in their community."

John Hulme, Organiser of the Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition and a former local resident said "As a schoolboy, I used to help the porter tend the gardens at Greenbank Station.  Both the staff and local community were proud of their station.  It is very exciting to think that the station gardens are going to be brought back to life.  My judges will be keeping a close eye on this railway station. With work like this everyone in the community is a winner."

Cllr Helen Weltman, who joined the volunteers for the morning said "I am totally behind the volunteers at Greenbank Railway Station. Cheshire West and Chester Council are very keen to work with volunteers in the community especially where they make such a positive impact.  I will be working with them on this project and doing whatever I can to support them."

Altrincham based Market Gardener, Keith Somerville, kindly gave up his morning to show the young volunteers how to plant up the troughs.

Greenbank Station Adopter and MCRUA Secretary, Harry Boardman, said "I would like to thank the Church for getting behind this project.  I regularly visit the station and I am sure this is the start of big changes at Greenbank Station".

Friends of the Mid Cheshire Line have also been supporting the CSV Make a Difference Day at Cuddington, Plumley and Mobberley Railway Stations.

Click the picture to enlarge, which shows Volunteers at Greenbank Railway Station with Rev James Hughes (Minister of Christ Church, Greenbank and Cllr Helen Weltman (Cheshire West and Chester Councillor, Northwich West).


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