Handforth Station awarded for its work with young people

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Handforth Station was amongst the winners at the 15th Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards evening held on Tuesday 23rd January.

The Friends of Handforth Station were delighted to receive the Youth Challenge Award for their work with a number of schools and youth groups.
During 2017 Friends of Handforth station have worked with a number of schools and young people to create a special sense of place at the station.

The 2017 reception class at St Benedict's Catholic Primary School in Handforth created three colourful stained glass effect Christmas windows for the Art in a Box display at Handforth Station.

St Benedict's Head teacher, Jane Gornell, said: "We are always keen to be involved with local community projects, and this was a lovely task for our younger children to work on, especially in the lead up to Christmas."

The 'Art in a Box' gallery, created in two unused cycle lockers, also showcases a changing display of works from Wilmslow High School A Level students.

Mrs Bennett, Curriculum Team Leader Art said "We are very excited to work on yet collaboration with the Friends of Handforth. This project has provided the art students at Wilmslow High School with a great opportunity to display their art work within the community and showcase their talent."

James Mander, Arts coordinator, FoHS said "This exhibition is notable for the imaginative works of these emerging artists and we always welcome proposals for more artworks from all in the community."

Under the Friends "Conservation" theme local schools designed flags, they chose a design by Rainbow Pre-school created by our youngest budding artists aged 2-4.

Jane Greenlees local artist and Preschool Practitioner explained "We talked about Conservation to the children and they chose bees as an important part of this. They created flowers and bees, decided these needed wings and added the stripes to them. They had previously designed a Rainbow flag for the station and wanted to include this again as a sign of hope and added a rainbow coloured bee hive."

Meanwhile Handforth Scouts also embraced the conservation theme and built hedgehog homes for the resident hedgehogs to hibernate in.

Jenny Barnes, schools coordinator FoHS said, "We have some regular young friends of the station that help with littler picks and have a vested sense of pride in the station. This year's conservation theme has really struck a chord with the children as their main motive for littler picking is the negative impact litter can have on our wild life. We are very proud of the fantastic creative impact the Children have had at the station and pleased that they can enjoy their plaque when using the station."

Photo shows (left to right): Jools Townsend, Jenny Barnes, Mike & Mary Bishop and Barry Burkhill.

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