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Walkden “street champions” meeting

September 17, 2016

If, like FoWS, you hate litter but like tidying it up, you may be interested to know Salford’s neighbourhood team are looking to organise some litter picks / tidy ups in the area.

They have set up a meeting with the local Street Champions from Boothstown, Ellenbrook, Worsley, Walkden North and South and Little Hulton, and it will also offer opportunities to network and to look at priority areas for street cleaning etc.

The meeting takes place in Community Room 2 on 20th Sept from 6pm at Walkden Gateway and is open to anyone interested in getting involved.

 

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Thank you for your support!

September 17, 2016

A huge “Thank you” to everyone who voted for FoWS in Salford’s recent Recycle & Reward poll … we are delighted to announce we topped the local vote and now have £1000 towards our station art project !

We have an pending application with Northern for a further £1000

Our plans propose laser cut steel panels on the stairway walls (the red areas below)

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The panels will be created by Wigan artist Mark Mennell but the theme of the works is yet to be decided. When all the funding has been secured Mark and FoWS will arrange local workshops for the community and station users to feed into the design process.

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Next FoWS meeting – new date

September 9, 2016

In a change to the published schedule, the next meeting of FoWS will be held next Wednesday 5th October starting at 7.30pm in Walkden Legion Club, on Wilfred Road, a few minutes walk from the station.

Come along to hear all the latest news and updates on …

  • plans for a station car park
  • an art project for the station
  • Northern’s community rail plans
  • and much more

We hold meetings every 2 months, and we welcome anyone with an interest in the station or our work.

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Last chance to vote for us !

September 6, 2016
As previously reported we are trying to raise money to introduce an art scheme onto the station to improve the dismal condition of the entrance stairway.
We had a great response to our request for votes supporting us on Salford’s Recycle and Reward programme so a big “Thank You” to everyone who already helped.
If you haven’t voted yet please take a minute to vote for us following the link below- voting closes this Sunday (11th Sept)
Thank you from all at FoWS !
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FOWS give station a tidy up

August 21, 2016
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Weeded and re-stocked troughs

Thanks to our volunteers who were out in the rain this morning to give the station some TLC.

Our team weeded the beds and planters, replaced a few poorly plants, ripped up platform weeds, and did a litter pick down Park Road and the surrounding area.

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Foliage and litter removed from in and around the station

We removed 5 large bags of vegetation and 1 bin bag of litter.

We hope you agree it looks a bit tidier in and around the station (for a little while at least !)

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Plants on the Wigan platform after a haircut !

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Vote for Art Work funding at Walkden station

August 20, 2016
FOWS are working with Wigan-based artist Mark Mennell to introduce an art scheme onto the station to improve the dismal condition of the entrance stairway.
We have applied for funding towards the project from Salford City Council’s Recycle and Reward programme.
Please take a minute to vote for us following the link below, and pass it on to any supportive friends, family and social media contacts you have ?
Thank you … Neil, FoWS
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Stephenson Locomotive Society talks

July 30, 2016

 

The Stephenson Locomotive Society are hosting a series of railway related talks and presentations through autumn and winter

Further information may be obtained from the Manchester Centre Secretary, Alasdair Renfrew: Tel. 0161-973-1165 or e-mail: slsnwsecy@gmail.com

Saturday 1 October 2016, 1400hrs at The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
‘Railway chat’: a debate led by Nigel Harris and Christian Wolmar to celebrate 21 years of writing for RAIL magazine.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 1830 hrs at the Museum of Science & Industry, Liverpool Rd, Manchester, M3 4FP
Joint meeting with the Newcomen Society, North Western Branch
Dr Michael Bailey, M.B.E., SLS President   ‘Brunel’s Fan: His Locomotive Draught Experiments of 1840/41’.

Saturday 5 November 2016, 1400hrs at The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, ManchesterM2 5NS
Michael Norris
‘Railways around Preston’ 
An illustrated talk on the history of the railways around the town and the development of the various stations, including the current Preston station.

Saturday 3 December 2016, 1400hrs at The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, ManchesterM2 5NS
Steve Fort
’60 years of railways in Lancashire’
The show will look at the changing railway scene within Lancashire, using the old pre-1974 County boundaries as a guide, featuring images from the 1950s up to the present day.

Tuesday 10 January 2017 at 1400 hrs at Sale United Reformed Church lounge, Montague Road, Sale M33 3BU, close to Sale tram stop and buses
Hotpot lunch (& quiz) – donations in aid of the ‘Railway Children’ charity
Notification of attendance is essential for catering. Please notify Alasdair Renfrew (contact details below) by 5th January.

*Saturday 21 January 2017, 1400hrs at The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, ManchesterM2 5NS
Area AGM (brief) followed by:
Alan Coltman
‘My First 12 years as a ‘Tour Manager’ with Great Rail Journeys’
Alan’s work as a Tour Manager has allowed him to travel the world, see magnificent scenery, meet interesting people and experience various forms of rail travel.

*Saturday 18 February 2017, 1400hrs at The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, ManchesterM2 5NS
Dr Angus McDougall

‘An enthusiast remembers more’

Angus will again be offering a talk, illustrated from his wide-ranging slide collection and drawing on his extensive railway travels.
Saturday 18 March 2017, 1400hrs at The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
Frank Watson
‘Knotted handkerchief to bowler hat’
A railway career from ‘bar-ladding’ to temporary footplate inspector (royal trains and last steam specials, including 1T57).

Tuesday 11 April 2017, 1930hrs at LMRCA Railway Club, 127 Navigation Road, Altrincham, adjacent to Navigation Road station, WA14 1LJ (Northern & Metrolink)
Ted Buckley
‘Navigation Road and All That…’
Ted presents a selection of his late Father Bill’s unpublished 1960s photos, including Navigation Road itself, the Cheshire Lines and the ‘Lymm Line’, together with a few holiday photos.

* If Alan Coltman is required for a Great Rail Journeys tour on 21 January 2017, meeting dates may be exchanged.