Welcome to the Friends of Reddish South Station .
This site will keep you updated about the progress of the recently formed "Friends Of Reddish South Station" group that aims to tidy and maintain the little used station. Its long term aim is to fight for the introduction of a regular service to Stockport and the south and Manchester Victoria to the northwest.
Our main point of contact for news or official items is the Secretary FORSS, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we also have a secondary e-mail address for photos email@example.com. If you have any photos of our recent events or special trains, please forward them to this address and we will try to include them on our pictures page.
Tues Nov 17th 2015. The Jury is Out !
After 8 years campaigning for passenger services along our line between Stockport and Manchester Victoria, we can now say that the jury is well and truly out and we can do no more but wait and hope that the Governments decision as to who will be awarded the next franchise will include the requirement to provide these much needed services.
Our people and those from our sister campaign group, The Friends of Denton Station, have attended hundreds of meetings, conferences and pressure groups with Railway Company executives, Councillors, MPs and GMPTE and TfGM officials. They have attended full council meetings, sub-committee meetings, private meetings with such people as Sir Richard Leese in Manchester Town Hall, MP Andrew Gwynne, who has even asked questions on our behalf in the House of Commons directly to the Transport Minister and we ourselves have been down to Westminster to lobby and pressure MPs in special transport meetings. It would take a full page to list every meeting. We can do no more !
Right now in mid-November, the Government is sitting down to decide which of the 3 candidates for the Northern Franchise will be awarded the contract. We have spoken to them all and left them all under no illusion that we the people of Reddish, Denton and indeed those of Manchester and Stockport itself do need passenger services to alleviate the chronic road traffic conditions that we have to endure every day. It’s all been said many times before, so all we can do is to wait and hope that sense will prevail, and that thousands of people will benefit from the decision . Watch this space !
Fri Sept 25th MacMillan Coffee Morning.
We had a brilliant morning down on the Station platform when we held our annual MacMillan charity coffee morning. There were just too many people who gave their time , cakes, buns and money for this worthy cause to mention in any detail, so its just best to say that we made £260:00 , which was made up with about £243:00 on the day plus an additional £17:00 made by Cllr Tom Grundy selling off the very last few cakes at a special meeting of Stockport Councillors later that day.
It was superb to see the vast array of cakes and buns on offer and also great to see so many visitors coming down to eat them ! We even had one lovely lady who could not manage the steep steps down to the platform , but she stood at the top of the steps waving a £5 note for the Charity. We offerred her a chair and a cup of coffee and a cake but she just wanted to donate her gift ! Brilliant. Fortunately one of the ladies persuaded her to take some Bara Brith fruit cake and that lady's lovely contribution to the cause was typical of all our visitors and fundraisers to get to that vast total in just 2hrs.
Many Thanks to everyone who came or contributed, and special thanks must go to our very special guests Andrew Gwynne MP for Denton & Reddish and his wife Allison who took time out from his very busy schedule to support us. Infact , the following day he had to dash all the way down to Brighton for the Labour Party Conference.
Pictured on the left above are Andrew Gwynne MP , Allison Gwynne with our local Councillors Walter Brett, Tom Grundy and FORSS members Kim Dave and Dot.
On the right are two of our raffle prize winners Jean and Jeff Howe of Heaton Chapel who won a box of chocolates and a bottle of whiskey !
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Fri Sept 11th. TV Presenter & Comedian Paul Merton visits Reddish South ! !
TV personality PAUL MERTON and TV Company "Brown Bob Productions" for channel More 4, visited Reddish South station to record some footage that may be used in Pauls latest project "SECRET STATIONS " that will be screened next spring. He is visiting stations accross the country that have "Ghost" or to use the correct term "Parliamentary" trains like our once a week , one way service to Stalybridge . Brown Bob Productions actually asked FORSS some time ago if they could record an interview with Treasurer Dot Ashworth and member Dave Ashworth, but it all had to be kept totally secret for publicity and security reasons. The film crew , Paul and Dot & Dave met on the station just before the "Ghost" train arrived on Friday and they recorded interviews and shots of the station and of Paul "flagging down" the request stop train. More shots were taken on the train itself and we all got off at Denton Station , where two very interesting characters were taking photos of our train and some of the waste disposal "binliner" train that passes at Denton just after the departure of the Stalybridge passenger train. The TV crew and Paul Merton then interviewed these two unknown intrepid enthusiasts who are pictured below, along with Dot Ashworth at Denton Station. Watch this page for news of the programme broadcast date in Spring
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