We have recently acquired this old Denton Station sign from the estate of Graham Kelsey. Graham was a member of Friends of Reddish South and was an expert collector of railway memorabilia. We are hugely grateful for his kind donation. If anyone has any photos of this particular sign when it was on Denton Station please get in touch and let us know.
Last October we ran a poster competition in association with the teachers and students of Denton Community College. The Year 7 students were tasked with designing a poster which would either attract local residents to use the Station or informing the public about the current once-weekly train service.
Poster entries were judged by Chairman of Friends of Denton Station, Alan Jones, and Councillor Brenda Warrington who chose five prize-winning posters in total out of the many excellent posters produced.
We would like to thank the staff and students of Denton Collunity College for their hard work!
Since the renovation of the Station in the summer of this year, we have been able to drum-up local awareness that this is a space to be enjoyed by the whole community.
As part of this process we recently ran a poster competition with the Year 7 of Denton Community College. Their brief was to design a poster which advertise the location of Denton Station or how it could be used by the community.
There were some outstanding entries and lots of hard work and effort went into producing these. Last week, one first prize, two second prizes and two third prizes were awarded by our Chairman and Councillor Brenda Warrington at the School.
This competition got the students really thinking about their local area and the Station, broadening awareness in a fun way that links into the curriculum. We look forward to continuing our work with Denton Community College and opening up the Station to different groups of the community.
Thanks got to the Manchester Airport Trust and the continued support of our members for allowing us to make Denton a better place to live.
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We are delighted to report that Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund have continued to put their support behind Denton Station and our campaign. In June we found out that we had been successful in our application for a grant of just over £600 to complete renovations at the far end of the platform. This involved building a new large flowerbed and rescuing the heritage sign.
Thanks to the help of local volunteers and the Station committee this work was completed last weekend and we hope you agree the Station is now a much more welcoming place for the community to use.
In the coming weeks we are holding poster competitions with local schools to raise awareness of the Station and bring it to more of the communities’ attention.
Thank you to Manchester Airport Community Trust for their Sponsorship.
Trampower first became known to us some time ago when Andrew Gwynne MP was contacted regarding the trams or light rail on ‘our’ line for a regular passenger service.
Trampower have plans to run trams along the line though Denton and Reddish South from Manchester Victoria through to Altrincham with a station at Cheadle and an interchange at Baguley. Trampower want to connect up Denton to these other Stations as they wish Denton to become an important tram interchange where passengers could then catch a tram over to Sheffield via the Woodhead Tunnel.
We have been concerted a number of times by Lincoln Shields, Business Development Manager for Trampower and we arranged a meeting for October.
Our Chaiman, Alan Jones and senior member Anita Lunn were accompanied by Nigel Gilmore, Head of Transport from Tameside.
This sounds an exciting proposal as Trampower have plans to run trams to Sheffield using the updated developments at Woodhead Tunnel with Denton becoming a terminus for that route; but they also want to run trams along our line from Manchester Victoria.
These proposals are occurring at the same time as the line franchise is up for renewal so there are two major options currently up for discussion.
From Sheffield the system will start from the town centre with stops at Parkwood, Hillsborough, Oughtbridge, Deepcar , Stocksbridge, Penistone, and Dunford bridge, and then pass through the Woodhead Tunnel on exit from the Tunnel the next stops are Hadfiekd/Tintwistle, Dinting , Hyde North, Guide Bridge then Denton Parkway which will be a terminus because of where it is situated at the junction of the M60 and the M67. There will be trams carrying on through Reddish South into Stockport and onto Altrincham with a stop at Baguley to connect with the Metrolink to the Airport they will then feed back to Denton Parkway. They also want to connect with the Metrolink at Ashton Moss.
We are urgently looking to fill a vacancy in our committee for a Group Secretary.
Main roles include:-
Meeting organisation and minute taking
Managing membership (accessing Paypal and processing renewals/ new members)
Keeping a database of members/ sending mailings/ emails
Coordinating the group’s posters and marketing
As well as able to attend meetings and take an active part in the group
There may be a small amount of financial compensation we can offer (as to be approved by the Committee).
Please contact us if you are interested and we would very much look forward to hearing from you!