Another station award arrives in town  

March 2011                                                                                                                       A NANTWICH IN BLOOM PAGE  












Michael Trevor-Barnston (left), Chairman of Cheshire Crimebeat, presents the Nantwich Station award to (left to right) Nantwich in Bloom personnel Sue Hughes (Secretary) and Connie Jones, and Nantwich Town Councillor, John Lewis.


Photograph: Cheshire Best Kept Station competition


“CHESHIRE is unique. We are the only county in England to have a Best Kept Station Competition." So said John Hulme, Organiser of the Cheshire Best Kept Stations competition, as he announced the awards for 2011 at the Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse, Northwich.

   One of the awards, for the Best Kept Gardens, went to Nantwich through representatives of Nantwich in Bloom who carried out the work along with Nantwich Town Council. The award was received by Connie Jones (Secretary of Nantwich in Bloom) and committee member, Sue Hughes, together with Nantwich Town Councillor John Lewis.

   Mr Hulme added: "I must congratulate all those that have won awards whether that is community volunteers groups or those who work on our stations.

   "For those visiting our towns and villages, the railway station may the first and last impression they have of our beautiful county.


   " We should not underestimate how important our railway stations are to those who work in, live in or visit Cheshire.

      "Nantwich should be congratulated on their Award for Best Kept Gardens. This was a tribute to the partnership working between Nantwich in Bloom and the Town Council. There are raised flower beds made from sleepers, planters and hanging baskets, which are regularly weeded, watered and dead-headed. It is the result of having organised dedicated volunteers".

   Presenting the awards, Michael Trevor-Barnston, Chairman of Cheshire Crimebeat – the High Sheriff of Cheshire’s Charity - said: "It is a good news story to see the local community involved at their local railway stations.  We talk about the “Big Society”. Cheshire leads the country in this aspiration.  Our volunteers are our unsung heroes in the Community.”

   The Best Kept Station for 2010 was Helsby. Crewe station was also among the winners.



l Cheshire’s Best Kept Stations is sponsored by Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire East Council, Visit Chester and Cheshire, Northern Rail, Virgin Trains, Arriva Trains Wales and Roberts Bakery..



IN its first entry in the competition in 2008, Nantwich Station won the Best Kept Gardens award, followed in 2009 with the Community Award. The following year it again won the Best Kept Gardens award.

   The competition's website says of Nantwich: "Over the last three years the station has been transformed from a 'dismal place' to one clad with flowers, hanging baskets and planters."

   Further details can be found at