News from East Midlands Trains

22.07.2015

Women’s Institute anniversaries celebrated at Alsager station

The Women’s Institute (WI) celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and the Alsager WI its 25th. To mark these special milestones, Alsager station volunteers have worked with the community to create a special station floral display.

The display, which is incorporated into the station gardens on Platform 1, comprises hundreds of summer annuals in red, white and blue surrounding a willow panel bearing a commemorative inscription to this national association.

The plants were specially grown for the display by station volunteer and Alsager WI member Hilary Robinson and planted in by the station volunteer team. Redstone Willows of Alsager kindly donated the willow panel.

Today, one of the founding members of Alsager WI Betty MacKenzie and current members joined the station volunteers to put in the final plants to complete this colourful new display, which passengers can enjoy throughout the summer.

Long-serving station volunteer Trevor Cotton said: “The Alsager community has always provided fantastic support to us, North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership (NSCRP) and East Midlands Trains to improve Alsager station for passengers. Many thanks to the Alsager WI for their involvement and for helping us to show that Alsager is a real community station.”

Faye Lambert, NSCRP Project Manager, said: “Alsager station was adopted by local volunteers in 2007. Since then, this inspiring team has transformed the station gardens and helped create a welcoming station, winning many awards on the way.

“Congratulations to the Alsager WI on their 25th anniversary. We’re delighted to have them on board to continue the great tradition of support for Alsager station from the community.”