Handforth Station was a shadow of its former self by the mid-1990's. The 1960 vintage booking hall was a mess and the station grounds overgrown.
Handforth in Bloom highlighted the plight of the station via the local press in March 1995 and the first working parties were organised to clear the vegetation at platform level.
Local MP Neil Hamilton supported moves to have the station improved.
By 1996 the booking hall developed a major roof leak and First North Western Trains removed staff from the station for their own safety.
This was the catalyst for change and 30th November 1996 saw the official formation of Friends of Handforth Station. Mike Bishop was elected Chair and Councillor Scanlon planted a commemorative cherry tree at the station.
The group's aims were:
- To promote and campaign for improved facilities to be provided by Railtrack (now Network Rail) and services by First North Western (now Northern Trains).
- To encourage community involvement - particularly by young people, schools and passengers in conservation, environment and associated education, artworks, poetry and competitions at the stations and its environs.
- To promote and undertake practical environmental enhancements at the station for the benefit of the community and rail passengers.
16 years later the station has won multiple awards and is held-up as a best-practice example of community involvement in a station.
2008 saw the launch of www.handforthstation.org.uk - our very own wesbite.
You can read press clippings about the history of the group in the "Photo Gallery" section.