Hindley Station work is still chuffing along

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THERE seems to be some confusion with regards to the activities of Friends of Hindley Station on the station itself and I hope this letter clears things up.

Work was stopped for a short time by Network Rail due to two incidents which occurred and had nothing to do with the station.

Once this was clarified, work has continued on the Manchester platform and also the old station building.

What probably isn’t appreciated by the public is that we are actually dealing with three organisations, Network Rail, Northern Rail and the owner of the station building. All the major work has now been completed on the Manchester line side and flower tubs installed on the Wigan platform courtesy of Northern.

Permission is still awaited from Network Rail to start on the Wigan side to cut back the foliage and repair the wishing well.

Work on the station building itself, the waiting rooms and the platform are progressing and involves repairs to the doors and windows. Thanks to the Hindley explorer scouts the platform itself is now clear.

With regards to Hindley Explorer Scouts, I can’t praise them enough. Without their efforts we would still be struggling to clear it.

This is an excellent example of youngsters getting involved in local voluntary work to very good effect for which the group thank them.

We hope to complete the work towards the middle of next year.

Should anyone like to offer their services as gardeners, etc, all are welcome. All they need do is to contact me on 01942 523338.

Jim Ellis Independent Coun Chairman FoHS

Championing disabled care

If you are disabled, and have received excellent care from your local doctor’s surgery, Leonard Cheshire Disability wants to hear from you.

For the seventh year running, we have teamed up with the Royal College of General Practitioners for the Excellence in Disability Care award, which rewards practices that have gone out of their way to make sure their disabled patients receive high quality care.

Our judges are particularly interested in surgeries that go the extra mile, fulfilling not just their legal obligations to make their service accessible to disabled people, but being genuinely inclusive as well.

If you think your GP’s surgery deserves recognition for the services they provide for disabled people then please get in touch.

Nominations are open until Friday, January 6. You can go online to download a form at www.lcdisability.org/rcgp or we can post one to your home – just call 020 3188 7400 and choose extension 7534 or 7537.

Guy Parckar

Policy and Campaigns Manager

Leonard Cheshire Disability

Ugandan village a first-class cause

Kidetok is a village in northern Uganda. Since the time of Idi Amin the area has suffered terrorist attacks.

Funds are urgently needed for a water supply scheme, for medicines and now a replacement Land Rover ambulance.

Since 1995 I have appealed for donations of used stamps on paper and old pre-1950 postcards which are sold to raise money.

Jeff Taylor, Uganda, 9 Oxton Close, Rowhedge, Colchester, CO5 7JN