Something For The Weekend XCIV

Fancy visiting an art gallery or museum, seeing the illuminations from a heritage tram, going on a guided walk, listening to some organ music, buying from an artisan market, going to a music or film festival, or visiting a children’s community allotment? Then look no further for suggestions!

 

Afternoon Sunset – Fiona Peart (available to buy in the Longitude Gallery)

Every Tuesday – Clitheroe Country Market, in the United Reformed Church Hall on Moor Lane, Clitheroe BB7 1AZ, 09:30 – 12:00 – a country market with quality home baked, hand made and home grown produce. A wide selection of goods from a co-operative of local producers. Home made cakes, pies and jams also handicraft items such as cards, knits and textile gifts. More details on https://www.facebook.com/Clitheroe-Country-Market-307301586087846/

Now and going forward for 2019 – The Longitude Gallery Clitheroe, The 45s, a new gallery concept for 2019 and beyond. A showcase of great North-Western artistic talent each displaying two pieces of work exactly 45cm by 45cm when framed – more details on http://thelongitudegallery.co.uk/

Now and until Saturday 25th July 2020 – William Morris Wallpaper, a DesignLab Nation Exhibition, On display from 7th September 2019, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery hosts a new display of wallpaper with samples on loan from the Victoria & Albert Museum. A free exhibition with full details on this link; William Morris Wallpaper.

Now and until Sunday 3rd November 2019 – Katab: Quilting Stories, as part of the British Textile Biennial celebrations Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery have brought together a collection of quilts created by migrant communities across the city of Ahmedabad, Western India. Full details can be found here: https://britishtextilebiennial.co.uk/programme/katab-not-only-money/

Now and until Sunday 3rd November 2019 – Blackpool Illuminations Tram Tours, one of the most popular ways to see the Illuminations is on one of our non-stop tours on our Illuminated or classic Heritage Trams. Every day and costs £6 for one round trip – full details on https://www.visitlancashire.com/whats-on/illuminations-tram-tours-p948860

Thursday 10th October to Monday 14th October 2019 – Lancaster Music Festival, Lancaster’s award-winning FREE Music Festival: Welcoming Walkable Wonderful is famous for reflecting the city of Lancaster’s vast musical abundance, excellence and diversity while bringing in top notch acts from around the UK and worldwide. Full details of this free festival on this link https://www.visitlancashire.com/whats-on/lancaster-music-festival-2019-p798950

Saturday 12th October 2019 – Blackburn Artisan Market, over the years Blackburn has transformed itself into a destination for millions of visitors, culturally diverse this market will be a place to showcase both traditional crafting & culinary skills. 10:00 – 16:00.

Saturday 12th October 2019 – CRL Guided Walk, an easy 11 mile walk starting (10:06) and finishing at Colne. All CRL guided walks are led by experienced leaders from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers – full details of this and other walks on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks.

Saturday 12th October 2019 – Chorley Food & Craft Market, Chorley is famous for its markets, which date back to 1498. The Market runs along Fazakerley Street, a tree-lined pedestrianised area in the heart of the town centre, from 09:00 until 16;00 on the second Saturday of each month. The stalls will consist of locally produced goods including cakes, preserves, meat and hand finished crafts.

Sunday 13th October 2019 – Clitheroe Blues Festival, an all day event in The Grand, York Street, Clitheroe- tickets early bird £25 and £27 in advance. Details on http://www.clitheroebluesfestival.co.uk/

Monday 14th October to Sunday 20th October 2019 – Preston’s International FilmFestival, The Worldwise Learning Centre at the University of Central Lancashire proudly presents Preston’s International Film Festival 2019! Join us from 14th – 20th October in the Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema to enjoy a choice of nine different films. Tickets £3 details on https://www.visitlancashire.com/whats-on/prestons-international-film-festival-2019-p963430

Wednesday 16th October 2019 – Blackburn Cathedral Organ Recital, the weekly recital on the Walker/Wood organ – this week sees Friedhelm Flamme from Germany, tickling the keys between 13:00 & 14:00, the event is free but a donation of £3.50 is appreciated to cover expenses.

Friday 18th October to Sunday 20th October 2019 – Pendle Social  Cinema Film Festival, come with us on a journey, as Pendle Social Cinema surf the breakers from California to Australia via Mexico, ride the rails to Manchester, and take a far-from-leisurely Cambodian riverboat journey into the heart of darkness, for our third annual film festival. We have a diverse programme of films for you, covering journeys both literal and metaphorical. Full details of this fantastic event taking place in The Garage, Northlight, Glen Way, Brierfield  on https://www.pendlesocialcinema.com/films

Saturday 19th October 2019 – Lancashire Rail Ramblers Guided Walks, two guided walks in the Delamere area; walk 1 is a moderate 11.5 miles and walk 2 is a moderately easy 9 miles. For both walks alight at Cuddington and return from Delamere. Full details on Lancashire Rail Rambler Guided Walks

Tuesday 22nd October 2019 – CRL Guided Walk, an easy 7 mile walk starting at Ramsgreave & Wilpshire (10:39) and finishing at Langho. All CRL guided walks are led by experienced leaders from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers – full details of this and other walks on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks.

Friday 25th October 2019 – Brierfield Allotment Open Day, a family open day at Brierfield’s Children’s Community Allotment – plenty to see and do 10:00 – 12:00. This is a free event – just turn up and enjoy – it is about a 15 minute walk from the railway station (BB9 5RS – Rothesay Road)

PLACES TO VISIT

Click the link above to see a host of interesting places to visit that are close to CRL’s community rail stations.

DESTINATIONS

Click the link above for a page of suggestions for places and towns to visit – all suggestions and content considered.

Make a Beeline for the Station

‘Make a Beeline for the Station!’ is a community marketing project, that combined the vital elements of local education and wider group engagement with tourism attractions and professional marketing. The project, funded by an Arriva Rail North Seedcorn Grant, is designed to encourage use of Northern’s hourly weekday service from Preston to Ormskirk and then on into Liverpool using Merseyrail services.

The project is supported by a video that can be seen on this link: Make a Beeline for the Station and a leaflet that can be downloaded here: Beeline Leaflet

Discover Amazing Women by Rail

Discover Amazing Women by Rail is a project initiated by the Mid Cheshire Line CRP and invites people to leave their car at home and use the train (along with buses and trams) to explore the fascinating, and often hidden, histories of women who lived and worked in areas along the Mid Cheshire and Calder Valley railway lines, including the Blackburn to Manchester via Todmorden route.

The project is supported with a website (www.amazingwomenbyrail.org.uk) by an A5 booklet available from local stations, tourist information offices and libraries. The booklet can also be downloaded using this link: Amazing Women by Rail

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Successful 2019 DalesRail Season

The last DalesRail ran on Sunday 8th September after a very successful season.  Over 2000 people have joined the train with many taking part in a guided walk provided by the volunteer Lancashire Rail Ramblers.

Heading up to Countersett, Wensleydale with Craig Ward

Over 75 guided walks were advertised with some starting points reached by one of the dedicated coach links. A trolley service of drinks and light refreshments was provided by the Settle Carlisle Development Company added a new dimension to travel on the train.

Coach to Wensleydale at Ribblehead – Craig Ward

Richard Watts, Chair of Community Rail Lancashire commented

This has been a great year for DalesRail after the problems faced in 2018.  It has been fantastic to see so many people taking part in the extensive guided walk programme or just taking themselves off into the great Dales and Eden Valley countryside. Plans are already in hand to make 2020 even better so keep an eye on www.dalesrail.com for previews of what is to come and if you can’t wait why not watch the DalesRail taster on YouTube or by clicking here: https://www.communityraillancashire.co.uk/lines/dalesrail/ (or see at the bottom of this article), to wet the appetite to put on the walking shoes. CRL thanks Northern for making sure the trains ran, for the train crew who really enter into the spirit of this special service, the Lancashire Rail Ramblers who devote so much voluntary time to planning and leading the programme and to the Settle Carlisle Development Company for the trolley service.  See you next year!”

In Wensleydale – Craig Ward

Craig Ward, Chair of the Lancashire rail Ramblers added:

‘After two years of disruption it was pleasing to have DalesRail back on track, running reliably, encouraging our regulars to return and also attracting new passengers. The guided walks and connecting coach programme were much appreciated and well supported. Hopefully, we can build on this success in 2020 especially if an earlier departure from Carlisle in the evening could be arranged as this would be welcome by our regulars and would certainly attract potential new passengers’

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Job Opportunity With Community Rail Lancashire

Community Rail Development Officer

Community Rail Lancashire is recruiting for a new Community Rail Development Officer to join its team, based at Accrington Railway Station.

Accrington Station, HQ of CRL – photo Simon Clarke

We are looking for a self-motivated, energetic and creative person who is able to work under their own initiative to help develop a range of community-based projects across East Lancashire and the Ribble Valley. These projects will help promote sustainable travel, social inclusion as well as contributing to the regeneration of the area. As a Community Rail Development Officer you will join a team who are working to make a real difference within the community.

This role will provide an important addition to our team and will help us play a vital role in the development and expansion of community rail across East Lancashire and the Ribble Valley with links into North & West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester and with adjoining Community Rail Partnerships.

Download the full job advert here and the Job Specification, including the rate of pay and hours, here and for for further information and an application form call 01254 386579 or 07487 699341 or email communityraillancashire1@gmail.com .

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Northern Retires First Pacer Train

The first of Northern’s Pacer trains to retire made its final journey today after travelling more than 3 million miles in 32 years of service.

The train – unit 142005 – entered service on 20 February 1987 and bowed out today out after completing its final day of operation by carrying Northern customers between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge.

R-L Northern MD David Brown, Transport Focus Director David Sidebottom & Chair of TfGMC Cllr Doreen Dickinson with 142005 ready for retirement

Northern is introducing 101 brand new trains, a £500m investment in improving customers’ experience – 15 new trains are already in service. An additional £80m investment is also being made to refurbish and improve the quality of Northern’s remaining fleet.

As the new trains come into service, Pacers will start to be retired from the Northern network on a phased basis over the coming months. The new trains are being introduced on longer-distance routes, allowing existing trains on those routes to be redeployed and replace the retiring Pacers.

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “I am delighted to see the start of the Pacer trains retiring from the Northern network. This is a milestone moment for passengers in the north, as part of our commitment to delivering more comfortable, frequent and reliable journeys.

“We are now starting to see brand new, comfortable, modern trains in their place, alongside the 2,000 extra services a week that have already been delivered.”

David Brown, Managing Director at Northern, said: “The Northern network is busier than it has been for a generation – more than 100 million customer journeys will be made on Northern services in 2019 – and the introduction of new trains and the retirement of the Pacers is at the heart of our transformation for customers.

“We have 15 brand new trains carrying customers, with 91 more to come throughout 2019 and into 2020. In all, we will introduce 101 new trains, a £500m investment in rail in the North. These fantastic new trains will give our customers a genuine step-change in journey experience.”

David Sidebottom, Director at Transport Focus, helped bid farewell to the retiring Pacer as it departed Manchester Victoria on its last day of service. He said: “Passengers won’t be sorry to see these outdated and uncomfortable trains depart for retirement.

“Pacers have become a potent symbol for the need to invest in better transport infrastructure across the North. Their replacements cannot arrive too soon, though it’s now equally important that the railway improves punctuality and reliability of services, so passengers see every possible benefit from each new train.”

The retirement of Pacers and the introduction of new trains is part of Northern’s wider plan to improve and modernise the railway. This programme includes the full refurbishment of Northern’s existing trains, improvements at stations, more ways to buy tickets and great new offers for Northern customers.

In partnership with the Department for Transport and leasing company Porterbrook, three Pacer carriages will be donated in 2020 and transformed into community assets. Applications are currently being sought via a competition seeking innovative and society focused projects. Interested parties, such as community groups, charities and schools can find out more and apply at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pacer-competition-application-form-and-guidelines

In addition to the Pacer retiring today, a further six are being taken out of daily service and will be stored at one of Northern’s depots. They will be maintained so they could be made available to use if required in exceptional circumstances, such as for special events.

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The Autism Friendly Railway

Community Rail Lancashire, in partnership with Northern and working with the National Autistic Society is set to become the UK’s first autism friendly railway line. The first route to become autism friendly will be the Todmorden Curve line between Accrington, Burnley Manchester Road and Manchester Victoria. Autism friendly resources are available on the route from 30 July.

 

The project launched at Blackburn station, with a number of attendees from within rail and local families with autistic children and young people. Carolyn Watson, Community and Sustainability Director, Northern, spoke at the launch, and said: “Improving the journey experience of our customers is one of our top priorities and we recognise that, for some people, using the railway is not always straightforward.

“We want to make our trains – and our wider network – as accessible as possible, and are delighted to be able to support this fantastic project. Our colleagues jumped at the chance to get involved and we are absolutely committed to making the UK’s first autism-friendly line a success that can be replicated elsewhere.”

The attendees had a fantastic day, with a 100% positive response rate when asked if they would use the line in the future, and if the resources helped them to feel confident or would assist other families.

There are around 700,000 autistic children and adults in the UK, as well as three million family members. Autistic people would like the same opportunities to travel as everyone else, but can struggle in public places like in stations and on trains and be anxious about unexpected changes, like delays on transport.

Daisy Chapman-Chamberlain, project manager with Community Rail Lancashire, said: “Unexpected changes when taking public transport can be overwhelming; 79% of autistic people tell the National Autistic Society they feel socially isolated, and for some, the fear of unexpected changes could mean not even leaving the house. By giving these young people and their families the chance to experience public transport in a positive and guided context, we can give them confidence for future use.”

The National Autistic Society are training Northern staff members working on the line about how they can deliver the best possible experience and support for autistic customers and others with hidden needs.

Daniel Cadey, Autism Friendly Development Manager at the National Autistic Society, said: “Train travel can can be stressful for everyone, but for an autistic person, the noise, crowds and break from their usual routine can be overwhelming, leading them to avoid using the railways all together.

“So we’re really pleased that Community Rail Lancashire has developed resources to help their autistic passengers prepare for journeys and that our charity will be training Northern’s staff understand the needs of their autistic customers.

“We want more rail companies to follow Community Rail Lancashire’s and Northern’s example and open up their services to hundreds of thousands of autistic people.”

There are also specialist resources available including sunglasses and ear defenders to assist passengers who may have sensory needs (subject to availability) and detailed line guides for families to download and help them prepare for their journey. The guides cover key travel information about the stations, trains and family-friendly businesses along the line, many of whom have autism-friendly sessions. Activity books are available for young adults and children.

For more information and to view resources, visit https://downtheline.org.uk/projects/autism-friendly-line/

The line guide and young person’s booklets will be available on any date from 30th July, and all resources will be available on the following dates;

  • 1st August
  • 7th August
  • 12th August
  • 24th August
  • 30th August

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Britain In Bloom At St Annes Station

It’s that time of the year where many community groups are tending to the borders, beds and gardens to make a difference – a difference to transform any area large or small into a delight to gaze at, using the natural beauty of plants.

Like many of the garden presentations across the country, the Friends of St. Annes Stations working with the St Annes in Bloom team have prepared and presented the grounds of their station for the RHS Britain in Bloom national gardening competition.​

Tony Ford, Chair of the Friends of St Annes stations, and Chair of the South Fylde Line CRP

Local volunteers at the station, guided by Tony Ford, attend every week to do what they can and bed those pretty seasonal plants. Taking good care of the station and grounds, not just for trying to win a competition but to brighten up one of the gateways in to the town.

Margaret explaining her choice of planting for this year.

One of the main players at the station is Margret, she’s very much in command choosing what type of flowers would work best on the grounds. Margret explains; “some plants are chosen with dry periods in mind, others for the colour.” Plants like dwarf Buddleia to Gazania are some of the variety making a show this year. A lot of thought and preparation is key to get the best out of a grey space.

St Annes-on-the-Sea is nestled just a few miles south of Blackpool, a popular, pleasant and most picturesque Victorian family sea resort boasting golden beaches and a friendly, passionate community that surrounds it.

As with the other community groups along the line they take the towns appearance and display very serious.

Last year the station just a mile or two further south won the Britain in Bloom Best Kept station, so can St Annes-on-the-Sea railway station take that title and impress the Judges.

Ann RHS judge with volunteers from St. Annes in Bloom and the station friends group.

One station adoption group, of no doubt many, who take a loving approach to turning what would essentially be a grey space into a colourful vista.

Have a look at the excellent video below created by vlogger Gordon Head to see the station in all its glory!

If you are interested in doing whatever you can in your railway community, download this essential guide https://communityrail.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Acorp-Station-Adoption-Booklet-050719.pdf or visit the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) website to see what other information is available https://communityrail.org.uk/resources-ideas/resources-for-station-groups/

Thanks to Gordon Head (Nodrog) for the words and photographs – visit Nodrog’s website https://www.nodrogvlogs.uk/ to see more of his vlogs and great photographs.

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25 Years Of Trains To Clitheroe

30th May, 1994 saw the restoration of a regular train service between Blackburn and Clitheroe calling at new or refurbished stations at Ramsgreave & Wilpshire, Langho and Whalley.

To mark the occasion Community Rail Lancashire held a reception in the Ribble Valley Council Chamber on Thursday 6th June which brought together the people and organisations involved in the restoration of the service back in 1994 and have overseen its subsequent development.

Roland Hailwood, Ribble Valley’s Town Crier welcomes guests to Clitheroe.

Richard Watts, Chair, Community Rail Lancashire said:

“Today is a celebration of 25 years hard work in developing the Clitheroe Line which plays such an important part in the lives of the many people who depend on it. Many people and organisations have been involved over the years. I was part of the campaign that ultimately saved both the Settle Carlisle & Blackburn to Hellifield lines, and as a former officer of Lancashire County Council I was part of the team that brought back the trains to Clitheroe.”

Richard went on to say; “The key to the continuing success of the line is the partnership between the local community, the rail user group, station volunteers, local authorities, the railway industry and the Clitheroe Line CRP pooling resources to further develop the stations and services on the line. I look forward to the next 25 years when I hope that through our combined efforts we will see more frequent services with trains and stations fit for the 21st century.”


Chris Jackson, Regional Director Northern, commented:

“It’s fantastic to be able to celebrate 25 years of continuous rail services between Blackburn and Clitheroe. The return of these services, in 1994, provided a lifeline for local communities and Northern is justifiably proud to be part of that community and the anniversary celebrations.

We echo the commitment of our partners and rail user groups in working to make this line, its stations and services, the best they can be and are working hard to improve journey opportunities, our stations and our trains.

In just a few weeks the first of our brand new trains will enter service and we will start to retire our Pacers; the refurbishment of the rest of our trains is also gathering pace, ensuring that all customers across our network, whether their route has new trains or not, will soon travel on carriages fit for the 21st Century.”


David Hoggarth, Strategic Rail Director for Transport for the North, added:

“Transport for the North is delighted to be able to help celebrate the success of the Ribble Valley line and the service which has connected the town of Clitheroe to Manchester over the last 25 years. Good connectivity across the North is vital if we are to thrive as region and grow our economy. The campaigning for the reopening of the line from Blackburn, and the championing of the service for a quarter of century, showcases the real benefit of a community working together with local authorities, elected members and the rail industry to achieve a goal that supports social, economic and environmental objectives. I want to congratulate everyone involved in this project. It’s a great example for others to follow.”

 

To download the full press release click here: PRESS RELEASE 06 06 2019

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Something For The Weekend LXXVI

Do you fancy visiting a museum or art gallery, joining a guided walk, discovering some Amazing Women by Rail, catching some organ music, sampling local ales or ‘Making a Beeline for the Station’? Then look no further.

Brookhouse, Blackburn, John L Chapman – Blackburn Museum.

Every Tuesday – Clitheroe Country Market, in the United Reformed Church Hall on Moor Lane, Clitheroe BB7 1AZ, 09:30 – 12:00 – a country market with quality home baked, hand made and home grown produce. A wide selection of goods from a co-operative of local producers. Home made cakes, pies and jams also handicraft items such as cards, knits and textile gifts. More details on https://www.facebook.com/Clitheroe-Country-Market-307301586087846/

Third Saturday of every month – Clitheroe Piano Meet Up, would you like to meet fellow players, share knowledge and develop your skills on a Bechstein grand piano? All abilities and styles welcome, no experience required, no pressure to play or just come along to listen! These are free events held in Clitheroe Library between 13:00 – 15:30.

Last weekend of every month – Ormskirk Speciality Markets, great family days out with free entertainment, activities and demonstrations – visit www.chapelgallery.org.uk for full details. Fancy a stall at one of the events then ring 01695 571328 or email chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk to book a space.

Now and going forward for 2019 – The Longitude Gallery Clitheroe, The 45s, a new gallery concept for 2019 and beyond. A showcase of great North-Western artistic talent each displaying two pieces of work exactly 45cm by 45cm when framed – more details on http://thelongitudegallery.co.uk/

Now and until Thursday 30th May 2019 – Artists at The Larder, an exhibition by local artist Norman Long, Local Colours, Culinary Still Life, Preston Landscapes & Cafe Scenes visit www.larder.org.uk for more details of this social enterprise cafe in Preston and check the Facebook page for events https://www.facebook.com/TheLarderLancashire/

Now and until Saturday 8th June 2019 – Blackburn Artists’ Society Open Exhibition 2019, Blackburn Museum hosts the annual exhibition and this will open at 14:00. Full details on https://blackburnmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/blackburn-artists-society-open-exhibition-2019/

Saturday 18th May 2019 – Colne Farmer’s Market, A small monthly farmers market which runs alongside the main town market. 09:00 – 14:00 Market Street, Colne.

Sunday 19th May 2019 – DalesRail, the 2019 season starts with four guided walks – full details of this iconic service on www.dalesrail.com.

Tuesday 21st May 2019 – CRL Guided Walk, an easy 8 mile walk starting at Bamber Bridge (10:09) and finishing at Pleasington. Full details of the route etc. can be found on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks

Wednesday 22nd May 2019 – Lunchtime Organ Recital, Blackburn Cathedral hosts Peter Morris (organ & piano) and Jane Eminson (flute) who will be giving a recital. Entry is free but a donation of £3.50 is welcomed to cover costs. 13:00 – 14:00.

PLACES TO VISIT

Click the link above to see a host of interesting places to visit that are close to CRL’s community rail stations.

Make a Beeline for the Station

‘Make a Beeline for the Station!’ is a community marketing project, that combined the vital elements of local education and wider group engagement with tourism attractions and professional marketing. The project, funded by an Arriva Rail North Seedcorn grant, is designed to encourage use of Northern’s hourly weekday service from Preston to Ormskirk and then on into Liverpool using Merseyrail services.

The project is supported by a video that can be seen on this link: Make a Beeline for the Station and a leaflet that can be downloaded here: Beeline Leaflet

Discover Amazing Women by Rail

Discover Amazing Women by Rail is a project initiated by the Mid Cheshire Line CRP and invites people to leave their car at home and use the train (along with buses and trams) to explore the fascinating, and often hidden, histories of women who lived and worked in areas along the Mid Cheshire and Calder Valley railway lines, including the Blackburn to Manchester via Todmorden route.

The project is supported with a website (www.amazingwomenbyrail.org.uk) by an A5 booklet available from local stations, tourist information offices and libraries. The booklet can also be downloaded using this link: Amazing Women by Rail

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Make A Beeline For The Station!

‘Make a Beeline for the Station!’ is a community marketing project, that combined the vital elements of local education and wider group engagement with tourism attractions and professional marketing. The project was launched in the spring sunshine today at Preston and Croston stations.

The West of Lancashire lines were in need of revitalisation and promotion; in partnership with Northern, Merseyrail, Merseytravel, Network Rail, local schools, the National Trust, Aintree Racecourse and the Liverpool Museums Group, vibrant artwork, clearing and planting has taken place to enable tourism promotion through traditional and online methods, especially by families, with the centrepiece of the campaign being an innovative advertising film.

The pupils of Rufford Church of England Primary School and Rice Lane Primary School were vital to the project; producing all the fantastic nature-themed artwork whilst learning about the environmental benefits of using the train.

This artwork has been displayed along the line, to highlight various key locations, as well as used in the line poster.

 

Travelling from vibrant Liverpool into historic Lancashire, or vice versa, you can experience a wide range of exciting family activities, where a regular service with both Northern and Merseyrail provides hassle-free access.

For more information you can download the a leaflet here: Beeline Leaflet, and to view the film see below:

For further details, contact Daisy Chapman-Chamberlain, Project Manager, at daisy.chamberlain@btconnect.com.

This project was funded by a grant from Arriva Rail North’s Seed Corn Fund.

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Free Refills At Bentham Station

The Friends of Bentham Station (FOBS) are constantly looking for ways to improve the facilities at the station and have just installed a water fountain in the waiting and information room.

Their recent well-supported coffee morning, held in Bentham Town Hall, raised sufficient funds to cover the cost of the fountain, the associated plumbing materials and more.

FOBS treasurer and secret plumber, Richard Wilson, made the final connections recently and Adam’s ale now flows for the benefit of passengers and station visitors. Whether it be for a swift drink or for drinking bottle filling, chilled local Dales water is available to refresh parts that other waters can’t reach.

This a local group supporting a local idea with funds raised locally, topped off with materials from local suppliers and an in-house tradesman. That makes for a great community-based initiative!

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