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 email@example.com and we also have a secondary e-mail address for photos firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Monday 21st Dec 2015. Arriva North get the franchise.
Arriva North the German owned train operating company have been announced as the new franchise owner taking over from Northern Rail in 2016. Although Arriva Trains Wales have been very heavily criticised for severe overcrowding , late trains and poor catering facilities on long distance trains, Arriva North can only improve the rail services in our area and just maybe include our service requirement in their new franchise. Andrew Gwynne MP and Sir Richard Leese the Greater Manchester Council Leader have been lobbying Arriva North for services along our line and hopefully we may be able to get these services if their high level talks bring success . Watch this space.
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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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