Friends of Penmere Station honoured
It’s full steam ahead for a Falmouth train station’s friends group after they took second place in a national competition.
The Friends of Penmere Station narrowly missed out on the top honours in the Small Projects Category of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships Awards 2012.
Their entry, “Project Pendennis,” revolved around the station garden’s centrepiece – a model engine built and painted by apprentices from Pendennis Shipyard.
Steve Lloyd, from the friendsgroup, said: “Ourselves and the lads from Pendennis are very pleased for receiving the recognition of coming second in a national competition.
“The engine is looking in good nick – we can’t believe it’s nearly two years since it was placed in the garden. Plants are growing inside the engine itself now as well and it’s looking better and better each time we come up here.”
The award comes at an exciting time for the friends group, Steve said, as next year marks the 20th anniversary of them taking custodianship of the station.
Next year also marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Truro to Falmouth branch line.
While they just missed out on the top spot, a plaque and certificate were presented to the friends group for their efforts at a gala dinner hosted by First Great Western at STEAM museum in Swindon on September 28.