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News From Willaston's Hadlow Road Station

Author: Chris Hampshire Published: 8th January 2018 10:17

Chris Hampshire, Chair of the Friends of Hadlow Road Station, give us his latest update.

We successfully held Santa's Grotto on 10th December. Santa arrived at 12.45 and walked through the falling snow along the main platform to his Grotto in the fully decorated Signal Box which was absolutely perfect. (The main platform had been cleared of snow and gritted earlier that morning by volunteers to keep it safe for the 400 visitors on the day).

Hadlow Road Station ready for SantaHadlow Road Station ready for Santa

Over 140 children visited Santa and his elves in his grotto to receive their Christmas gifts.

The opposite platform provided an ideal fun area for young children to build snowmen and throw snowballs, which they thought was just perfect! Youngsters were kept entertained with face painting, colouring pictures and of course having rides on the Steam Traction Engine around the car park. (It took some time to build the steam up as it was so cold).

Adults were kept entertained by the Hadlow Green Singers, Simon le Barber, and the Riversign Choir.

Refreshments were included in the ticket price - gingerbread biscuits and a soft drink for the children and mince pies and mulled wine or tea/coffee for the adults.

Positive feedback was received from many visitors including: "It was all just magical" - which makes the significant volunteer effort worthwhile on a very cold day.

Postcode lottery grant

We have received a £2,000 grant from the Postcode lottery trust for refurbishing the existing railway track, which will be one of our priorities for the Spring. You will notice the large new recycled plastic picnic table near the Hadlow Road Station sign and one luggage trolley has now been refurbished and is secured on the platform but lots more developments are still to be done, including:

- Fitting seats on the opposite (South) platform near to the existing old shelter.
- Refurbishing other luggage trolley.
- Cleaning and painting the signal.
- Connecting the signal to the lever in the signal box so it works.
- Fixing the Audio Visual unit to the Waiting Room wall that will show short films of Hadlow Road Station.

As you will see, a number of improvements are now progressing very quickly with many willing hands producing a lot of hard work. Many thanks to all the volunteers as their participation is fundamental to getting these improvements undertaken.

Finally, we look forward to seeing our regular and new customers at the pop-up café openings at Hadlow Road Station throughout 2018 with the next pop-up café openings from 10:30 to 13:30 on Sunday 28th Jan; 25th Feb and 25th March.

Chris Hampshire

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