We are a group of about 80 volunteers from the local community. Our activities are directed by a Steering Committee (currently a team of 7 people).
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Our primary aims
- Working in co-operation with Network Rail, Northern Trains and the local community, to make changes for the better at the station.
- To stimulate the interest of the local community in the station
We are very proud to have been the first “Friends of a Station” group in the whole of the UK, and we are still going strong. When we were founded in 1996, Handforth station was a vandalised eyesore and the outlook for the station seemed bleak. Since that time, the station has seen a remarkable turnaround in fortunes – a reflection of how well FoHS has worked in partnership with the local community, with local businesses and with the rail industry.
Nowadays, Handforth station is consistently one of the highest-regarded stations in the area, regularly winning awards at the annual Cheshire Best Kept Stations competition.
Over the years the activities of FoHS have been very varied, ranging from mounting displays of artwork by local schoolchildren, to the conservation and installation of vintage station signs. Co-operation with the rail industry has led to the installation of electronic passenger information display boards, a ticket machine, and an undertaking to provide step-free access to the platforms.
There is always much work to do at the station, and we welcome the support and involvement from anyone. Contact us here.