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East Midlands Trains and its community partners shortlisted for 14 national community awards

09 Aug 2017

East Midlands Trains and its community partners shortlisted for 14 national community awards

  • Wide range of initiatives shortlisted in annual ACoRP community awards
  • Shortlist recognises community events and initiatives across Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Staffordshire
  • Community awards held in Derby for the first time in October

East Midlands Trains and its community partners have been shortlisted for a total of 14 awards in this year’s national Community Rail Awards.

The ACoRP awards, which will be held in Derby for the first time this year, take place annually to recognise and reward the unsung heroes of the community rail world for their hard work and dedication.

Community initiatives in Derbyshire have been shortlisted for a significant six awards. Cromford station and its team of volunteers and community partners have been recognised for the improvement work at the station to transform it into a welcoming community asset, and for the community art scheme recently unveiled at the station.  This was created by Cromford Primary School in partnership with Cromford Parish Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council Community Projects Fund.

Willington  has also been shortlisted for two awards; for ‘Community Art Scheme’ for the art display at the station created as part of the Willington Arts Festival and under ‘It’s your Station’ for the work carried out by the Willington WI to transform the platforms and entrance to the station with new planters displaying colourful, seasonal plants.

Long Eaton has been shortlisted for ‘Most Enhanced Station’ for its unique community partnership scheme which has transformed the Long Eaton Street Scene into a much–praised collection of planting beds with over 90 recycled railway sleepers and an impressive new planting area with over 500 shrubs.

The newly opened Ilkeston station has been recognised in the photo competition for an image taken at the opening on Sunday 2 April showing a local family using the train services from Ilkeston for the first time.

Jacob Lane and Jan Radcliffe; two volunteers who help on the Derby-Crewe Community Rail Line at Uttoxeter and Kidsgrove  respectively are two of just seven nominees shortlisted for Outstanding Personal Contribution.  The Station Adopters at Uttoxeter have also been nominated for their work on the Uttoxeter Fairtrade Garden.

In Lincolnshire, the Poacher Line Community Rail Partnership, which runs between Nottingham and Skegness, has been shortlisted for Best Marketing Communications Campaign for the work done in partnership with Visit Lincoln to promote travel through the country. Skegness Station Adopter Carolyn Sharp – along with her two canine friends Rupert and Charlie – have been shortlisted for Outstanding Volunteer Contribution for their sterling work in keeping Skegness in tip top shape and helping visitors over the busy summer season.

In addition, Ancaster has also been nominated for ‘It’s your Station’ for the fantastic work that Jon Moody from Sustans and Ancaster Primary School have done to improve the station, and the Sleaford School Choir from St George’s Academy have also been shortlisted for the photo competition.

Donna Adams, Community Rail and Stakeholder Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “We’re really proud to be helping to host this year’s ACoRP awards in Derby for the first time and we’re very excited and proud to have been shortlisted for so many awards this year. This is a massive credit to all of our community partners for their hard work and support.

“Along with our community partners, we’ve been working really hard to transform our stations and look for unique community initiatives that we can support, such as the community art schemes at Willington and Cromford.

“These are all very deserving entries for this year’s awards and I’d like to personally pass on my thanks to everybody who has worked so hard to get our stations to this level – it’s a great achievement to be recognised in so many awards.”

The ACoRP Awards will be held in the Roundhouse, Derby on Thursday 5 October. As part of the event, East Midlands Trains will be showcasing Derby to visitors with a special train naming and events to demonstrate support of community rail in the region.

East Midlands Trains partners with the Derwent Valley Community Rail Partnership, the North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership and the Poacher Line Community Rail Partnership.

Thanks go to all the organisations involved in the shortlisted entries:

Derbyshire County Council
Stoke City Council
Lincolnshire County Council
Visit Lincoln
Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Sleaford
St George's Academy, Sleaford
Sawley Parish Council
Cromford Parish Council
Cromford Station Group
Cromford Primary School
Willington WI
Willington Arts Festival
Network Rail
CrossCountry Trains

For more information about ACoRP, visit