Improvements at Hadlow Road Station in Willaston will go ahead thanks to a grant from the Neston and District Community Fund.
The Fund has given the Grade II English Heritage listed station £1,000 to help preserve the site and promote it as a valuable tourist and educational attraction. Next year, the station celebrates its 150th anniversary.
The application for funding came from the recently formed Friends of Hadlow Road Station, a group run entirely by volunteers and created to work with Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) to enhance the historic buildings and surroundings.
CWaC owns the Hadlow Road site which it maintains according to statutory and legal requirements.
It is the second project to be supported by Neston and District Community Fund following the grant given to help ensure the Family Fun Day in West Vale Park, Little Neston, goes ahead later this year.
The Fund donated £600 to go with a second grant for the same amount from Neston Town Council to cover the total cost of £1,200.
The Fund was set up to support community and voluntary groups in Neston, Little Neston, Parkgate, Burton, Ness, Willaston and Puddington.
Four businesses – Phillip Bates, Clive Watkin Partnership, Rightway and G Tilby Engineering – launched the fund with an initial substantial donation.
Phil Bates, Principal at Phillip Bates & Co accountants, said: “Hadlow Road Station is a much loved local landmark and attracts many visitors each year. We are pleased to be able to support the Friends of Hadlow Road Station in ensuring that the building and surrounding area is properly maintained.”
The Neston and District Community Fund is administered by Cheshire Community Foundation. Applicants can apply for funding from the Neston & District Community Fund but, if additional funding is needed, other CCF-managed funds may also be able to assist.
Helen O’Donnell, Chief Executive of Cheshire Community Foundation, said: “Neston and District Community Fund is a fantastic example of local philanthropy in action. It has been set up specifically to support deserving local causes and since its creation earlier this year has received a number of applications and enquiries.”
If you would like to apply for a grant, please call Cheshire Community Foundation on 01606 330607 or speak to one of the four founders of the Neston & District Community Fund:
- Phillip Bates: 0151 353 0003
- Clive Watkin Partnership: 0151 336 7070
- Rightway: 0151 353 1500
- G Tilby Engineering: 0151 336 2339
Please also contact any of the founders if you are interested in becoming a business or individual donor to the Fund.