A voluntary community group responsible for the flowers and children’s art exhibitions at Leighton Railway Station, has been nominated twice in the past month for regional and national awards.
On September 10, Off The Rails LB were one of just nine nominations from the whole Anglia region for the Best Commercial Industrial area in Anglia in Bloom. Then on September 27 at an award ceremony in Wales the group came second out of 116 entries across the UK in the Association of Community Rail Partnerships Awards in the category for Best Community Rail Photo.
The photo competition is judged for the story they tell of local volunteers contributions to the railways. The picture showed the great community team spirit between South Beds Friends of the Earth, Network Rail and Off The Rails LB when they were replanting the wildflowers at the station.
Members of Keltbray Aspire subcontracted by Network Rail with Off The Rails and South Beds Friends of the Earth spent a long day in early summer working together to plant wildflowers to support bees to replace those that had been dug up by mistake in maintenance work.
South Beds FoE and Off The Rails have watered the flowers throughout the summer and when the men from Keltbray Aspire came back to the station they were delighted that their plants were flowering.
Daphne Walker, the photographer and treasurer of Off The Rails caught on camera an informal, fun moment of the day.
Daphne said: “I had the chance to capture a wonderful moment of community spirit and came away with Second best photo out of 116 entries. I am delighted with the award and it was a wonderful event.
“I would like to thank all the wonderful members of Off The Rails who give up their time for free to make our station look so lovely.”
Off the Rails chaired by Sylvia Lay Flurrie, is a group of volunteers who regularly water, look after and find the funding for the flowering tubs at the station, they also help look after the station, promote rail travel and organise the children’s art competitions from local schools.