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Success at the ACoRP Awards 2017 held on Thursday 5th October at the Roundhouse, Derby


 Friends of Hindley were shortlisted in three categories and here are the results:




Small Projects Award (under £500)


Another tough category with the following shortlisted entries:

Friends of Hindley Station - Mining Heritage, Friends of Handforth Station - Replica heritage LMS running in boards, Friends of Heyford Station - Transformation of steep banking, Friends of Whaley Bridge Station - Support of Tenth Anniversary Book, Wellington Walkers Are Welcome - Walkers'information board at Wellington Railway Station and George Whittaker and Sue Mitchell of Mytholmroyd Station Partnership - Cubs in Bugland.

This category was won by Mytholmroyd Station Partnership





It's Your Station - Sponsored by ScotRail

It was a very tough category this year with the following stations shortlisted:

Incredible Edible Levenshulme, Friends of Glossop, Friends of Brighouse Station, Ysgol Ardudwy (transformation of Harlech Station), Willington Women's Institute, Cromford Station Group, Friends of Kent Bank Station & Foreshore, Friends of Ally Pally (Alexandra Palace), Aigburth Station Volunteers, Friends of Cantley Station, Jon Moody and Ancaster Primary School, Uttoxeter Station Adopters, Woolston Station Adoption Volunteers, Friends of Hadfield, Friends of Hindley Station, Friends of Buxton Station and Mytholmroyd Station Partnership

Friends of Hindley Station were the winners of this category and couldn't believe it when their name was announced.





Shortlisted in this category were:

Tim Owen - Community Rail Cumbria, Mike Warner Reedham Station, Carolyn Sharp, Rupert and Charlie - Skegness Station Adopters, Sheila Davidson - Friends of Hindley Station, Jacob Lane - East Midlands Trains Volunteer, Jan Ratcliffe - Kidsgrove Champion and Peter Blackburn - Melksham Rail Development Group.





Certificate presented 28th September in recognition of our contribution to Wigan Borough in Bloom 2017





Best Railway Station Award 

RHS Britain in Bloom 2017






 Royal Horticultural Society 

Level 5 Outstanding - It's Your Neighbourhood




Our Mining Heritage

Guides from Meols Cop admire the latest addition to the station on the 4th July 2017. 
 Ladies Lane No. 4 Pit which stood on Ladies Lane where the Pennygate Medical Centre is today and the three thatched cottages which stood in the pit yard.

The cottages are marked in red on the above up to date map, as is the pit shaft which stood behind them.

Eric Alker makes a start on erecting Ladies Lane No. 4 Pit

Artwork by Hindley High and Primary Schools celebrating 170 Years of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway.  Hindley North, as it was then celebrates 170 Years in 2018

In acknowledgement of the work which we do in our Community presented November 2016

We would like to thank everyone in our community who helped in any way and are delighted to have received 
It's Your Station - GOLD Award - Best in the UK
This is about much more than plants and gardens it is about involving the community in which we live and the competition was very tough - we were judged by the gentleman who is in charge at RHS Harlow Carr in Yorkshire for the work on the gardens. 
The artwork, community involvement and input from everyone goes into the mix when this is judged 
- so the people of Hindley -  take a bow. 

Artwork produced by Hindley High School in Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme
1916 - 2016

 Artwork produced by Hindley High School - Celebrating the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen


With thanks to Mick Davies our new official photographer for the photograph of the steam trains which passed through yesterday - Sunday 14th February

2015 in the Gardens

With thanks to Bickershaw Hall Nurseries for all their continued support

Begonias continue to bloom - 11th November 2015

Success at the Big Thank You Event

               A Sunny September day in the gardens:

                                                                      Our living roof a haven for wildlife

One of our bug hotels

Our Topiary Train is coming on well

Holy Family Guides and Guiders
weeding the paths on a beautiful June evening, thank you girls.

February and the Helleborus appear

Our New Rockery planted out 
thank you Bickershaw Hall Nurseries and for all the daffodil bulbs

April 2015 - A host of golden daffodils

May -  thank you John for our Gnome

Bluebells in our natural area - Wigan bound

June 2015 - Planting begins

Bees enjoying the herbs in our planters Manchester bound

RHS Judging Day 2014
(to see our results from the RHS Competition see 2014 Competition Success bottom left)

'Creation Community Art' from Pye Studios  in Market Street joined us this year on Judging Day and  brought along their exhibition to Celebrate Hindley sponsored by ADACTUS HOUSING.

The members had enjoyed doing this artwork to celebrate our town and were proud to show off its natural beauty spots, local amenities, wonderful people and of course, prize-winning station!

There is a small deer hidden in each painting - HIND (female deer) LEY (clearing in woodland)
what a credit they all are to HINDLEY.

Here are some of the beautiful paintings:

                Celebrating Hard Work - a painting of our Station

Celebrating Volunteers - Joe one of our volunteers and his painting done by one of the Creation Art Group

Celebrating our Local Heritage

Celebrating our Ancient Woodlands

Some of the FoHS Team and one of the Artists - photo by BBC Radio Manchester who also came to visit us on the day
The Friends of Hindley Station (FOHS) are a group of volunteers who meet and work together to benefit the railway station in Ladies Lane, Hindley, Wigan.


The group meets monthly (see Diary Dates) at the Edington Arms pub which stands next to the station.


Work has now commenced on the Wigan Bound side and has come on a pace since the summer of 2013.  This side will be our 'wild natural side' as we have lots of wildlife which we want to encourage, the bird boxes built by Hindley High students have already had residents in their first year.


Why not come and join us and get involved in working on the station, see our Diary Dates for more information.  We look forward to meeting and working with you.





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For further information contact :-
Mrs Sheila Davidson
Secretary FOHS
30 Ravenswood Drive,
Hindley, GBR
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