Archive for February, 2014


Don Jary to speak at FOWS 2014 Annual General Meeting

February 15, 2014
Don Jary, Client and Stakeholder Manager for Northern Rail

Don Jary, Client and Stakeholder Manager for Northern Rail

FOWS are delighted to announce that the Guest Speaker at our 2014 Annual General Meeting will be Don Jary, Northern Rail’s Client and Stakeholder Manager for Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Derbyshire.

The AGM will be held on 7.30pm Wednesday 5th March in Community Room 2 at the Walkden Gateway Centre, 2 Smith Street, Walkden, M28 3EZ.

The meeting is open to the general public and free to attend – we encourage anyone with an interest in improving the station  to come along and share your ideas with us !


FOWS team up with Hindley and Westhoughton

February 12, 2014

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.


Meet The Manager at Victoria

February 10, 2014

Northern Rail are holding a “Meet The Manager” session at Victoria station this Thursday (13th Feb.) morning from 0730-1000.