Reedham station adopters bring festive cheer

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

A warm welcome awaits commuters returning home to Reedham station on Friday evening who will alight to carol singing, mulled wine and mince pies as the station’s team of adopters gather to spread some festive cheer and raise money for charity.

The team of local volunteers will be holding their annual Christmas Carols event, led by Rev. Lorna Allies, on Friday 15th December 2017 at 6pm, to raise money for EACH (East Anglian Childrens’ Hospice).

The whole community is invited to join in the fun at the station on the Wherry Lines between Norwich and Great Yarmouth, which will be decorated for Christmas.

There will also be tasty seasonal refreshments such as mince pies, sausage rolls, mulled wine, tea and coffee on offer.

Greater Anglia’s Area Customer Service Manager, James Reeve, said, “Reedham station continues to go from strength to strength thanks to the dedication of our fantastic team of adopters in putting the station at the heart of the community. I hope that they raise a lot for EACH with this lovely event. What a wonderful way to return home if you travel back to Reedham by train!”

The ‘Adopt a Station’ scheme started in 2003 and enables individuals or groups to adopt their local railway station and contribute to its presentation and welfare for the benefit of the local community.

The voluntary scheme was originally created to improve lines of communication between the train operator and station users however, over the years it has grown to become much more, with station adopters now playing an active role in keeping stations looking good through inventive gardening projects, creative community art projects, taking part in station ‘health checks’ or being the eyes and ears of their station.

Over the years, station adopters have also played a key role in raising money for new initiatives, such as improved waiting facilities or planting beautiful station gardens.