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Hadlow Road in Willaston - The Kiosk Returns!

Author: Chris Hampshire Published: 9th October 2017 10:26

Chris Hampshire, Chair of the Friends of Hadlow Road Station in Willaston, updates us on their latest news.

FHRS are delighted to advise that the refurbished K6 telephone kiosk was returned to Hadlow Road Station platform on Tuesday 3rd October and the photos show the K6 telephone kiosk (inside and out) in its full glory.

K6 Kiosk at Hadlow Road Station in Willaston

This refurbishment is thanks to a £2,0000 Rural Support grant; a £1,000 Cheshire Community Foundation grant; £1277 allocated from the New Homes Bonus; a £500 grant from Councillor Myles Hogg's CWaC fund plus £677 provided from FHRS' own funds.

The pop-up café continues to be very successful and has been operational for 12 months at the end of October 2017. Many thanks to our new and existing customers for their regular support. The next opening dates for the pop-up café are 10:30 to 13:30 on Sunday 15th Oct and 29th Oct when the telephone kiosk door will be unlocked for public viewing. In the winter months the pop-up café will only be open monthly and whilst we originally hadn't planned to open in December we have agreed to open the pop-up café on 17th Dec so please make a note in your diary as we look forward to seeing you there.

Detailed planning for Santa's Grotto on 10th December is well underway, with Santa booked to arrive at 12:30pm whilst traction engine rides and face painting activities will be provided to keep children entertained. Meanwhile Hadlow Green singers and Simon Le Barber will be providing the adult entertainment throughout the afternoon.

Tickets will be on sale shortly and will be sold with an allocated 30 minute timed slot for children's entry to Santa in his signal box grotto. The ticket price includes mulled wine for adults and a soft drink and ginger bread man as well as a present from Santa for children. Due to budget constraints no adult presents will be provided!

New developments

A number of development projects continue to be delivered including the east section of the south platform that has the grass growing strongly whilst planting to encourage wildlife is expected to be undertaken early Nov 2017. 

East Section of the platform at Hadlow Road Station in Willaston

The facing brickwork of this platform edge will be re-built with a top similar to the platform at Thurstaston, whilst eco-friendly picnic tables and benches are being sourced for fitting at Hadlow Road Station.

In addition, a visit to East Lancs Railway is planned, to understand what is needed to get the signal at Hadlow Road Station connected to the signal box, as both these projects have been supported by the £9,950 Awards for All grant.

Finally, an Audio Visual (AV) system is being purchased for fitting to the waiting room wall. This AV system will show a continually rolling display of historic and up to date pictures and videos related to Hadlow Road Station that can be viewed whenever the waiting room is open to the public. 

Chris Hampshire

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