FOWS have teamed up with the Friends groups at Hindley and Westhoughton to share best practice and pool our efforts towards common objectives.
At a meeting in the Bull’s Head at Walkden last night, the committees of each group, enthusiastically supported by officers from TfGM and Northern Rail, agreed to form a Steering Group to help the volunteers from different stations work better together. The Steering Group will meet quarterly to discuss developments affecting the Walkden and Westhoughton lines, and share tips on fund-raising, generating publicity, and developing the station environments. We also intend to help new Friends groups get established – like the newly formed Friends of Daisy Hill.
Friends of Hindley Station, as many Walkden passengers will have been delighted to observe, have made an outstanding improvement to the gardens and platforms at their station. Although the Friends of Westhoughton have been established for less than 2 years they’ve already transformed the overgrown cutting sides into beautiful wild flower and rose gardens.