Creating a vibrant community hub

This page is very much work in progress before we get our own website…Bolton Station Community Development Partnership has some great ambitions – summed up by wanting to develop the station as a vibrant community hub.

We are a mix of Northern, Network Rail, TfGM, local volunteers, community groups, Bolton Council, University, Bolton School, Bolton at Home and many more….everyone is welcome.

Our first major project is the community gala on Saturday June 30th – stalls, live music, theatre, miniature railway, vintage bus rides and much more. At the station and also the Interchange. From 10.30 onwards…

Here’s our poster…Bolton Station Gala Poster A3

We’re on facebook: BoltonStationCDP

And twitter: @BoltonStnCDP

Why not get involved?

The partnership meets every month at Bolton Station…

Our secretary is Gaynor Cox…she can be contacted at gaynor.cox@boltonathome.org.uk

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Press release: May 1 2018

Bolton rail station and interchange throw a party

Rail companies and community groups are getting together to throw a party at the end of June. A community gala is being planned for Saturday June 30th – 50 years to the day when the last steam locomotive pulled out of Bolton loco sheds on Crescent Road, Great Lever.

The event is being co-ordinated by a new organisation called Bolton Station Community Development Partnership, which includes Northern, who manage the station. Vicky Cropper, Northern’s Community and Sustainability Manager, said: “We want to mark a major anniversary in our railway heritage but also showcase rail’s positive role in the community, as a sustainable and accessible form of transport.”

The new partnership also includes Network Rail, Transport for Greater Manchester, Bolton Council, Bolton University, Bolton at Home, Octagon Theatre, Bolton Arts Forum, Community Rail Lancashire, Bolton School, Bolton CVS, community groups and businesses.

“We are keen to hear from a wide range of community groups and local businesses,” said Vicky. “Current plans include music, poetry, face-painting, stalls, food, an exhibition on Bolton’s railway history and a vintage bus giving tours around the town. We are also hoping to have a miniature steam railway giving rides for kids.”

The event will also feature activities in the new interchange, which is connected to the railway station by the ‘Sky Walk’ which will have photographic displays and art work.

A pre-gala event will take place on the Friday evening, June 29th, with a talk and film show about Bolton’s railway past by author and historian Noel Coates. It will be at The Brooklyn Hotel (Green Lane) from 18.30. See below:

BOLTON IN ITS LANCASHIRE & YORKSHIRE RAILWAY HEY-DAY

In association with The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Society

A Talk by Noel Coates of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Society

Friday June 29th, The Brooklyn Hotel, Green Lane, Bolton, from 6.30

It is 50 years since the last steam locomotive left Crescent Road loco shed, bringing to an end Bolton’s association with steam stretching back to 1828. On Saturday June 30th there’s a family and community gala at Bolton Station and Interchange, marking that event and celebrating the role of railways in our community today.

L&Y Highflyers were frequent visitors to Bolton

On the Friday evening we’re organising something a bit more specialised, with noted railway historian Noel Coates. He’ll be speaking about Bolton’s important role as a major centre of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway.

Admission is free and there will be light refreshments available from 6.30.

We are grateful to the Farnworth Suffragette Fund for their kind support for this event.

Here’s the poster: Bolton in LYR Heyday Poster

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We twin with Kilmarnock!

See link for press release on our twinning with the great project at Kilmarnock Station…

Bolton and Kilmarnock Station Twinning 10042018 general release

A few pictures….

45269 prepares to leave Bolton shed on Saturday June 30th, on last booked steam working. Driver Tommy Sammon, Fireman Malc Frost.

 

 

73014 with Driver Bert Welsby and Fireman Malc Frost leave shed to work Westhoughton – Blackpool special – see below)

Crescent Road sheds, Bolton – with Bee Hive Mill in the background. April 1966

Salvo and Keith smarten up Bolton 8F 48652 sometime 50 years ago

A nicely cleaned 48773 at Bolton shed – its first day of being steamed after coming out of store