Friends of March Railway Station scoop award for ‘exceptional team work’ and ‘adding life to the station’

Friends of March group collecting the award from Neil Grabham, head of customer service east for Abe

Friends of March group collecting the award from Neil Grabham, head of customer service east for Abellio Greater Anglia. - Credit: Archant

A group of March volunteers have won the ‘Best Adopter Group’ award at Abellio Greater Anglia’s 2015 Station Adopters Awards.

Adrian Sutterby, chairman of Friends of March Railway Station, collected the award with members of the team that support the station during a celebration event held in the Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford.

The group has spent the best part of four years refurbishing the old redundant refreshment rooms at March station to make them available for community use.

The group applied for a grant from The Railway Heritage Trust and managed the entire project themselves, uncovering some architectural gems along the way.

Andrew Goodrum, customer service director for Abellio, said: “They have demonstrated exceptional team work and work very hard to not only add life to the station but also to promote rail travel.”


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This year the group organised an event at the station which celebrated the 130th anniversary of Railway in March.

They opened up the heritage rooms to the public and provided entertainment and refreshments.

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