At the committee meeting Thursday 3rd May a date was set to commence the flower beds on the platform at Denton Station Saturday 2/6/2012 shortly before that i will be asking for Volunteers we need your help in between this date we have the trip on May 18th of the children from St Mary’s primary on our once a week train and the Meeting on 24th May at the Victoria Park Community Centre at 7 00pm
On Friday May 18th sixty children from our member school St Mary’s Primary Denton are taking a trip on our once a week train in support of our campaign for the reinstatment of passenger train services along this line the trip is also linked to the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations they will all be dressed in Fifties style and will be singing songs and we hope to have a folk group with us
Good news Tina from the Manchester Airport Trust Fund phoned last night to inform me that our application for funding for the flower beds on the station platform had been approved. Many thanks to MANCHESTER AIRPORT for their generosity and the personal way that they informed me about our success now we can start planning
Brilliant turn out this morning at Denton 54 people turned out for the first Compass Rail Tour to Cardiff
Many Thanks to local Councillors Brenda Warrington Dawson Lane and Mike Smith and Tameside Council for the donation of £100 to our funds Alan Jones Chairman
On the 18th of May sixty children from St Mary’s are taking a trip on our once a week train to Stalybridge they will be dressed in fifties style and i am hoping to engage the services of the resident group that plays on our folk train.The school has been in talks with the producer of Granada News and hopefully they will be in attendance to report the occasion the local press will also be there as will our local MP Andrew Gwynne
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF
FRIENDS OF DENTON STATION
ON THURSDAY 23rd February 2012 AT
VICTORIA PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE, DENTON
Present: Alan Jones (Chairman)
Mike Meaney (Vice Chairman)
Helen Mottershead (Secretary)
Cllr Brenda Warrington
Approximately 15 members
Apologies: Cyrus Naveri (Treasurer)
Cllr Dawson Lane
Theo (Network Rail)
George and Janice Gregory
The minutes of the previous meeting were read.
- Regarding the ticket machine, this is being reviewed in May. Dave Ferguson has been counting how many people are on the train each week which varies from 8 to 18 apart from the Christmas Folk Train which was full.
- Compass Tours – they are now stopping at Denton Station. This is good publicity for the Station and we should make the most of it.
The minutes were agreed.
Sainsburys – A meeting recently took place at Sainsburys with Andy Brennan and two others. The Chairman wanted to know if we could have have access via Sainsburys to the old platform. The fence is currently broken. Apparently there was originally a gate there but it has how been fenced off but no one is sure who owns the fence whether it is Network Rail or Highways. Brenda said that it isn’t council land so the Council wouldn’t have put the fence up. Also there were lots of concerns about the amount of rubbish there is around the bins at Sainsburys especially the Charity Bins. Brenda said she would phone Sainsburys to see what they say about it.
Paul Hewlett kindly volunteered to the Secretary so Helen Mottershead officially resigned with Paul being proposed and accepted by Peter Elliott and Dave Ferguson.
Refurbishment of the Station:
The repairs at the station are nearly completed. The council have also put up two signs for the station. As Compass Tours are now using the station, it is hoped that taxi drivers will soon realise where the station is and hopefully spread the word.
The Chairman is currently in the process of completing a grant application form for Manchester Airport. Other suggestions for fund raising were to hold a B B Q on the station but this was thought to have too much of a fire risk and the other suggestion of an Entertainment Night also raised problems to the variety of ages involved.
Once sufficient funding is in place the Chairman asked for volunteers to drop the soil bags onto the platform and to move the sleepers onto the platform. As we are not sure when the funding will arrive, it was suggested that people keep their eye on our website and when the Chairman is ready for volunteers he will post it on the site.
Any Other Business:
- It was suggested that the time of the meeting be moved to 7.30pm but it was agreed to keep the same at 7.00pm
- Litter bins needed on platform – maybe fire/bomb risk
- It was suggested that we liaise with the Police/Community Police to see if they can patrol every few nights at the station and also around the back of Sainsburys. Peter Elliott suggested that we ask the PCO’s at the next PAC meeting to make sure they do go and inspect the Station/Sainsburys. Also maybe contact the Environmental Health Dept regarding the rubbish at Sainsburys as it will be encouraging Rats.
Date, Time and Place of Next Meeting:
Thursday 24th May 2012 at 7.00pm
The station refurbishment is finished except for a square away from the entrance that still needs a finishing coat. Network Rail and the council have done us proud and when we get the funding that we have applied for it will be our turn putting down two flower beds