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Bentham wins community railway station of the year award
9:00am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
Bentham Station has won the Community Rail Lancashire Station of the Year Award.
Although Bentham is in Yorkshire, its position on the Leeds to Morecambe CRP Line entitled it enter in the competition.
It came joint first with Meols Cop Station near Southport.
Gerald Townson, chairman of The Friends of Bentham Station, and a director of the CRP, travelled to the prizegiving ceremony in Accrington to receive the award from Lancashire County Council Rail Officer Richard Watts.
And the Friends have been shortlisted in four categories for the ACoRP Community Rail Awards 2013.
Three of the nominations came from train operator Northern Rail and the fourth from Community Rail Lancashire.
All were in recognition of the time and effort given towards enhancing the station facilities and environment by FOBS volunteers since 2011.
The Friends have been shortlisted for community art scheme, best station volunteers’ project, small projects award and outstanding volunteer contribution.
The results will be announced tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Pauline Hill, who worked towards improving the station, has been remembered through the rededication of a seat, plaque and tree. The ceremony was attended by the Friends and members of the Lancaster and Skipton Rail Users Group (LASRUG), of which she was secretary.
The Rev John Bearpark, retired vicar of St Margaret’s, High Bentham, and a former chairman of LASRUG, made the rededication and spoke warmly of Pauline’s service to Bentham. Mr Townson said Pauline had worked tirelessly helping to get the station to the position of joint winner of the Lancashire Community Rail Station the Year 2013.
Simon Clarke, community rail officer for the Leeds-Morecambe line, unveiled two water tubs which had been obtained through grants.