Friends of Winchcombe Station
article by: SJO
The "Friends of Winchcombe Station" group was formed in 1996 to enhance and maintain the station which at that time enjoyed only basic facilities and lacked some essential features, such as a footbridge, and many of the embellishments which have helped to create the attractive station which you see today. As of this year however the ‘Friends’ have now been made a department within the railway structure and have the same status as all other railway departments.
The 'Friday Gang' meet on Fridays to carry out a range of uncomplicated tasks in caring for the gardens, buildings and platform accessories, all elements of the overall setting for the trains which call at the station. The hours are usually between 09:30 and 15:30 and flexible as are convenient.
Skills necessary are basic DIY, gardening and a love of tidying up.
There is no need to make a regular, weekly commitment as even a monthly visit would help to keep the station looking tidy and presentable.
You will need to provide your own tools, gardening gloves and safety boots.
When available the Group also provides resources to assist other aspects of the operation of the railway during special events (car parking, crossing monitors, etc.).
A key aim of the Friends is to raise money for the Station's upkeep and development. Volunteers who are prepared to assist with fund raising are therefore most welcome.
This volunteer opportunity is part of the Friends of Winchcombe Station support to the railway so in addition to membership of the Railway Trust, you will need to support the local Group through an annual £5 donation.
Note that to work at Winchcombe in an operational role (Booking Office, Coffeepot Tea Room etc.) you need to join the appropriate department, not the Friends of Winchcombe.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND TO APPLY:
If you would like to get involved with the Friday Gang at Winchcombe Station please see here to learn how to become a volunteer.