The Cheshire Best Kept Station Awards were held on 6th February 2019 at the Grange Theatre, Hartford. The FofHCS were delighted to be awarded the 2018 Art Project Award for our artwork beneath Heaton Moor Road bridge, on the ramp down to platform 2. Many thanks to all the FofHCS volunteers who helped prepare the […]
On Wednesday 30th January 2019 we woke up to a couple of inches of snow and the trains at HTC are running and on time today
On 18th December 2018 The Mayor of Stockport Cllr. Walter Brett visited Heaton Chapel Station, when he unveiled both a 24 foot (7.3m) long new heritage ‘running-in sign’ which was made for the Friends of Heaton Chapel Station by Heatons’ Men in Sheds, and a brass plaque on platform 2. The materials for the new sign were provided […]
3 December 2018 FofHCS Christmas meal tonight at Miller & Carter in Heaton Chapel. All meals were pre-ordered, which resulted in excellent service and most enjoyable food.
Some new customers from the countryside visited our station yesterday……………….
A new station canopy is being installed to replace the previous rotten one. Thanks to one of our station supervisors for reporting this and thanks to Network Rail who are undertaking the work.
A great evening hosting some of the Friends of Heaton Chapel Station on the LNER driving simulators at Leeds. Hope you all had a great time and hopefully we will see you again soon!
The ‘Friends’ recently purchased our old station sign at an auction and it is now displayed in the station booking hall.
FofHCS win an ACoRP Gold Award nomination Certificate of Excellence at the Scot Rail Community Rail Awards 2018.
Many thanks to all the FofHCS volunteer gardeners who worked today on the platform 2 ramp and planters. Even though it rained intermittently, great progress was made and nobody became really too wet as it’s quite sheltered. Ferns have been purchased [thanks Paul] for this area which doesn’t get full sunlight.
Heatons Summer Festival today at Heatons Sports Club. Thanks to the FofHCS volunteers who manned our stand.
Rotary – FofHCS one day pop-up Open Garden at HTC, all created by FofHCS and Rotary volunteers.
Some of FofHCS’s heroic volunteers in action, in a blizzard, urgently planting recently funded replacement screening hawthorn whips before the end of March, which is the end of the planting season. Many thanks to Northern Rail for funding these replacement shrubs. Carillion had been tasked to fund and undertake this work, then unfortunately they went […]
Thanks to all the ‘Friends’ who volunteered today to work on another clear-up session at the station. Other volunteers, not in this photo, were working at platform level.
‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’. The tree & decorations look very festive once again in the Booking Hall, with a thanks once again to Blaggs of Heaton Moor for donating the lovely tree. Well done to Sandy, Jean & Stella of the Friends Group’ who gave up all Wednesday morning putting up […]
Ten ‘Friends’ [six in this pic] working party today preparing this scruffy brick wall in readiness for some artwork on it, planned for very soon. Thanks to all the volunteers for joining in.
The ‘Friends’ have won another ACORP award at the Community Rail 2017 Awards ceremony at Derby.
FofHCS gardening group members enjoying show plants kindly donated by Dreamscape from their RHS Tatton Show Garden.Dreamscape Gardens is a multi award-winning landscape gardening company with full BALI accreditation. http://www.dreamscapegardens.net/
Heaton Chapel station platform 1 ramp flower display, planted and tended by the 3rd Heaton Chapel brownies.
Article in the Moor Mag Issue 46 Aug-Sept 2017, page 23
No more pigeons? Thanks to Arriva Northern we have netting under the bridge to stop the pigeons nesting over the walkway from Tatton Road South. No more bombardment!. Pictures show netting and homeless birds.
Heaton Chapel Station ‘Grand re-opening’ event 13 June 2017
Water butts on platform two installation organised by our new station Manager, Pam Williams; many thanks Pam for organising this. Our gardeners are delighted in having these, as they now don’t have to fetch water for the plants.
The 12 FOUR HEATONS artwork panels kindly donated to FofHCS by Eamonn Murphy have now installed by Network Rail staff on the stairway to platform 2 at HCS. Thanks to Andy, Barry and Craig for fixing them for the Friends.
A round up of 2016.
– ACoRPS awards
– Stihl Local Community Heroes
15th November 2016 Work on the station roof repairs were completed by 10 March 2017. In addition to the renewal of the two roof structures over the stairways, they are also took the opportunity to carry out a number of other improvements at the station: · Installation of art works at various locations. · Re-application of the […]
ACoRP awards 30 September 2016 – Southport. Due to our station collapsing and being scaffolded, stopping access to both our storage areas at platform level, FofHCS have been unable to enter for any ACoRP awards this year. However our chairman and two new deputy chairmen attended. We were introduced to the Secretary of State for […]
HEATONS OPEN GARDENS 2016 – Sunday 15th May 12 – 5 ROTARY CLUB OF STOCKPORT LAMPLIGHTERS A big thanks to all our FofHCS hard-working gardening volunteers.
FofHCS volunteers have entered a Stihl Local Community Heros competition, and won a £500 commercial battery operated brushwood cutter. The station platforms and booking hall have no electricity or water supplies, so to date, all gardening tasks have been manually undetaken. This amazing STIHL brushwood cutter will greatly assist the loyal volunteers in our attempts to tame […]
More than 1,000 people explored hidden horticultural gems at the annual Heatons Open Gardens celebration, an event run by the Stockport Lamplighters Rotary Club. ‘Friends’ created a ‘pop up’ garden at Heaton Chapel Station in the old station master’s yard. Many volunteered over several days to convert a scruffy yard full of rubbish into a beautiful garden, […]
Totally overgrown bed on platform 1 cleared by one of our hard working volunteers [August 2014]11th March 2014, HCS enjoyed hosting about a dozen American students plus three adults from the Green Lane Evangelical church. They kindly provided a 2 stroke strimmer and an electric hedge trimmer/generator and worked hard planting bulbs and weeding the […]
14 Nov 2014 – Royal plaque and 1851 clock unveiled On the anniversary of the visit of Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visit to Heaton Chapel Station, the Friends of Heaton Chapel Station have commissioned a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion. The Plaque, mounted alongside the Heaton Moor Road entrance […]
On 2nd October 2014, FofHCS were again ACoRP winners at the annual Awards Ceremony this year at Scarborough Spa. There were seven nominations and we won a Third Award : A’timetunnel’ back to Victorian times, accessed via ‘Platform 1¾’, was discovered by the ‘Friends’ in June 2014. This portal is accessed on the half-landing stairs […]
3rd August 2014 – Union of South Africa 60009 at HTC. Sir Nigel Gresley’s masterpiece 4-6-2 Streak Class A4 engines were introduced in 1937. This train was running from Crewe to Holyhead, returning later the same night at 22.40.
April 2014 : HTC has a new permanent Station Supervisor, he’s called Steve Sharp previously working at Whalley Bridge.“I have been on the railway for 6 years, starting as a conductor at Manchester Victoria. I then moved in to retail side an.d have worked at Whaley Bridge Station since September 2012.I have met some of […]
2013 photos14th December 2013 : Father Christmas, one of his elves and a polar bear meet children at HCSNovember 2013 : ramp-working party – purely by chance, just before the Royal visitSeptember 2013.The steep ramp to platform 2 has been upgraded by the Friends. This scheme involved weed clearance and elimination, rubbish removal and levelling, […]
14th November 2013 Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip pay a visit to Heaton Moor and Heaton Chapel station on her way to Cumbria via Manchester. She and Prince Philip were driven to Heaton Chapel Station to board her Royal Train on platform 2 to travel north to Manchester Piccadilly station. The Royal Train was powered by two […]
A round up of the year Station Supervisor John O’Connor Christmas tree donated by Easy Access Self Storage, lights donated by John O’Connor, baubles and tinsel donated by Julie Chapman; many thanks to them all. Old porters’ trolley kindly donated by the station manager Theo McLauchlan. Heaton Mersey Farmers Market September 2012 Heaton Moor Festival […]
SMBC Heatons & Reddish Area Committee held a Pride in Heatons & Reddish Awards 2012 evening in the Stockport Town Hall ball room on Monday 1st October 2012 at 6.30 pm. We are delighted to announce that our Friends of HCS group won first prize in the ‘Environment Champion’ category. This award was for those […]
Well over 200 people attended the launch of the artwork on Friday 25th May 2012 [we expected only 80]. Here are five short Youtube videos of the launch : 1. Rory Alkin, Chairman of FofHCS thanks all the ‘Friends’ and introduces our local VIP Jessie Rose 2. Natasha Wilding [Northern Rail Head of Stations] and Rory Alkin […]
Great news, our one year old Friends of Heaton Chapel Station group were nominated for FOUR ACoRP [Association of Community Rail Partnership] awards this year. On Friday 29th September 2012, four FofHCS members, Rory Alkin, Karen Allerton, Bob Barlow and Phil Rowbotham were all invited to a Community Rail Awards ceremony at the STEAM museum […]
Issue 11 October/November 2011 page 63 Whether you’re a daily commuter or an occasional user of Heaton Chapel Station, you might have noticed that it’s been looking a bit tired and tatty lately. If so, you’ll be delighted to hear that The Friends of Heaton Chapel Station has been set up. The group has already […]
The Friends of Heaton Chapel Station Gardening