Friends of Disley Station (FODS)
FODS is delighted to report that temporary repairs to fill the potholes at the top of Station Approach have now been undertaken. Permanent repairs are due to be completed in Spring 2020.
The Friends of Disley Station (FODS) was re-established in June 2019 from the core of the previous group. It is made up of residents of Disley and Newtown who want to make a positive difference to their community by improving Disley Train Station and its’ surrounding area.
Via workdays (first Monday of the month, 9:30am, weather permitting), members have been weeding the platforms, planting flowers in boxes, tidying up the approach road and cutting back the trees and bushes around the station and at the Gritstone Trail entrance. Hopefully, station users have noticed a positive difference.
FODS are developing plans to paint inside the shelters and on the fences, to make the platforms more attractive and, with Disley History Society, are developing plans to show the history of the station. The group worked with the National Trust this year to encourage their Heritage Open Day and this is being reciprocated with Lyme helping with planting and signage. A major project for 2020 will be to improve the sloped area on the Buxton platform.
FODS have campaigned in the past for more trains (now approx. 2 per hour), painting the station buildings, replacing the fencing, cleaning the platforms on a regular basis, more display boards and new shelters. The last two of these items are due soon.
The group are working strenuously to get the streetlights fixed and upgraded and are similarly trying to get the large potholes on the approach road repaired.
The Friends group is made up of people who want to get their hands dirty, deal with some of the admin or want to take part in our other activities. For example, 2020 is the 75th anniversary of VE day, and FODS will be working in partnership with Disley Parish Council, the National Trust at Lyme and Disley Local History Society for local celebrations of peace. Hopefully, this will help to tell the history of the war years, the channel island evacuees to Disley, Italian prisoners of war, our service men and women and life on the home front in the village.
The Constitution of the Friends of Disley Station is available to download at: FODS Constitution
FODS volunteers put in as much time as they can spare, and everyone is welcome. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact FODS Chair, Steve Birchall at: FODSDisley@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page at: Friends of Disley Station.
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