News from Hadlow Road Station in Willaston
|Author: Hilary Booth||Published: 9th January 2019 14:06|
Hilary Booth writes on behalf of the Friends of Hadlow Road Station to update AboutMyArea on their latest news.
Our Santa's Grotto on 9th December 2018 was a huge success and the best one yet. 149 children went in to see Santa in his well-decorated signal box grotto, along with 195 adults attending. Let's say, it was busy!
We had the traditional steam traction ride "chuffing" around the car park giving rides to the children and adults and the face painter was kept busy all afternoon with lovely artwork on faces. This year we also had a "balloon man" who was a big success entertaining the children who were waiting in the queue to see Santa.
It takes over 600 hours of volunteer time with over 30 volunteers involved in all the planning and preparation, let alone the day of the event itself and still clearing away days after.
Hadlow Road Green Singers, Riversign choir, and Simon Le Barber were singing all afternoon to keep us entertained. This year they were based on the far platform so everyone could hear and see them perform some great musical entertainment. The gingerbread men, mince pies, mulled wine and tea/coffee were enjoyed by all visitors.
Thanks to all of you who came along and we hope that you and your children thoroughly enjoyed it as much as we did. Certainly St John's Ambulance and our PCSO did!
Work is still in progress with relaying the railway track but hopefully the end (of the line) is in sight. Meanwhile, the signal arm and supporting mechanisms have been removed from the top of the signal to make repairing and repainting these parts easier. Painting of the signal stem will also be undertaken when the weather improves before the signal arm mechanism is put back in place.
In addition, there is a lot of intricate cable work to be done in order for the signal to be operated from the signal box, and this could take some time before all this work is completed. Watch out for adverts for signal box opening days when visitors will be able to access the signal box to see what life was like as signalman in the 1950s including pulling the signal lever in the signal box to operate the signal itself.
Thanks to Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) who have replaced and painted white the large timber gates to the car park and the kissing gate onto the platform as these structures were in a state of disrepair. Other timbers around Hadlow Road station will also be renovated including the signal box handrail that is rotten
On a very busy pop-up-cafe morning in late November, CWaC's food hygiene inspector arrived, unannounced, obviously. However after two hours of inspecting and viewing proceedings we were awarded the top 5 star rating. Congratulations to all the kitchen helpers. Well done, you deserve it.
The next pop-up-cafe is on Sunday January 27th from 10.30am to 1.30pm and thereafter the pop-up café will be open twice monthly through to November. Please do come and join us at one of these pop-up café openings.