Greater Anglia Honours Station Adopters
Station Adopters from across the Greater Anglia network were honoured at the train operator’s annual awards ceremony this year held at the East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel on Friday 19 October 2012.
Greater Anglia operates a comprehensive Station Adopter scheme at its stations in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk where volunteers from the local community contribute to the upkeep of their local stations, working with Greater Anglia and Community Rail Partnerships on colourful floral displays and in creating a more welcoming environment.
The 2012 Greater Anglia Station Adopter Awards were presented by special guest Neil Buxton, General Manager of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, assisted by Andrew Goodrum, Greater Anglia’s Customer Service Director.
Andrew Goodrum, Greater Anglia’s Customer Service Director, said: “Our Station Adopter scheme continues to go from strength to strength with many stations in the region benefitting from the additional care and attention our adopters provide, working in partnership with Greater Anglia staff and community representatives. I congratulate all our station adopters for their contribution and support in helping to put stations at the centre of their local communities.”
This year’s Roll of Honour saw awards distributed across the region, underlining the growing support for the Station Adopter scheme. The winners, runners-up, highly commended and finalists in each category were:
Best Small Station
Winner Runners-up Highly Commended
Trimley Bures, Darsham, Acle,
Other finalists: Alresford, Brampton, Cantley, Chappel & Wakes Colne, Great Chesterford, North Fambridge, Reedham, Somerleyton, Worstead.
Best Medium Station
Other finalists: Attleborough, Wymondham.
Best Staffed Station
Other finalists: Diss, Gidea Park, Witham.
Most Improved Station
Winner: Kirby Cross
Other finalists: Brundall Gardens, March, Thetford.
Winner: Annette Day, Darsham station adopter.
Other finalists: Lucy Ainger and Lynda Stone of the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership, Isabella Warren Great Chesterford Station adopter, Corinne Sermons Marks Tey station adopter.
Winner: Friends of Thetford station
Highly Commended: Friends of March station
Other finalists: George McKissock and Sue Dawes Wivenhoe Station adopters, Great Yarmouth Welcome Hosts, Steve Mitchell Wickham Market station adopter.
Best Adopter Group
Winner: Crouch Valley Line Promotion Group
Highly Commended: Cantley
Other finalists: Cantley, Ely, Thetford, West Runton, Witham, Wivenhoe.
Winner: Wivenhoe station adopters (George McKissock and Sue Dawes)
Other finalists: Darsham, Newport, Somerleyton.
Best Personal contribution
Winner: Corinne Sermons Marks Tey station adopter
Other finalists: Isabella Warren Great Chesterford, Paul and Katherine Howard South Woodham Ferrers station.