The Mayor of Nantwich with the two awards won by
Nantwich Station thanks to the members of Nantwich in Bloom and Nantwich
Transport Group. The right-hand
plaque was unveiled by the Mayor and the Chairman of Nantwich in Bloom,
Alderman Doug Butterill (below, centre).
unveiled the left-hand plaque last year.
FOR the second year in a row, Nantwich railway
station has won an award in the Cheshire Best Kept Stations competition.
Last year it was the Best-kept Gardens award;
this year the Community Award. The new award was received in a ceremony at The
Salt Museum, Northwich, last month. [See below].
Nantwich in Bloom Committee members and
Nantwich Transport Group representatives attended a ceremony on the up-line
platform at Nantwich Station on Tuesday, March 9, in which the Mayor of Nantwich
(Cllr Edith Williams), unveiled the latest award.
She was introduced by Alderman Doug
Butterill, Chairman, Nantwich in Bloom, who helped the Mayor with the unveiling
He said: “I used to say that Nantwich Station was the most ugly, most boring
station that I knew.
“For years we endeavoured to keep the Britain in
Bloom judges away from it. But now I boast it is the most attractive station
between Manchester and Cardiff. And nobody who has heard that boast disagrees
with me. It has certainly improved tremendously.
“We have had co-operation from Nantwich
Transport Group, who raised the funding, and particularly Cllr John Lewis (a member of the group) who has worked
tirelessly to try to get the outside
the car park done.”
She said the flower beds looked wonderful and
expressed thanks to the Nantwich in Bloom Committee. "Without them this wouldn’t
happen. I look forward to when we run out wall for the awards. Well done to all
She said it was nice to go to Northwich to
collect the award.
GERAINT Morgan, Community Affairs Manager for Arriva
Trains, said the Station Manager was in Cardiff and sent her apologies. He said:
“You are a testimony to what community spirit is all about. If we had lots of
people like you on the stations it would be great. They are getting better and
you are setting the standards for other groups to follow.
“We have our conference for adopters (non-rail
groups who carry out work on stations) in Chester in May and we will use this
as an example of what can be achieved when people pull together.
“Well done and congratulations.”
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tidied up. But that’s another
“Nantwich Town Council has been a great help in
helping to fund the watering. We have had help from the Fire Cadets as well.
“Nantwich in Bloom come as and when required.
Planting up, tidying, weeding, dead-heading. And they keep the station looking
There's a real community involvement
and I think we thoroughly deserve the Community Award.”
THE Mayor, Cllr Williams, said: “A big thank you to
everyone. I know John Lewis has worked very hard to get the station as it is and
he’s still working hard to get
After the unveiling ceremony, the volunteers pose
with the Mayor. Left to right are Connie Jones (Secretary, Nantwich in Bloom),
Jean Hallam (Nantwich in Bloom); Cllr John Lewis and Penny Butterill (Chairman)
of Nantwich Transport Group; Glyn Forster, Sue Hughes, and Alderman Butterill,
all of Nantwich in Bloom.
Nantwich in Bloom volunteers, Margaret
Lavin and Genni Butler (left), the Mayor of Nantwich (Cllr Edith Williams,
second right), and NiB
Secretary, Connie Jones (right), receive the award from
Helen Carey OBE DL, Chairman of the Cheshire Landscape Trust and Vice
Chairman of Keep Britain Tidy (centre).
Picture: Cheshire Best Kept Stations