Alderley Edge Station Volunteer Group have been busy setting up a book exchange in the waiting room and renovating flower beds on the station approach.
Esther McVey, the MP for the Tatton Constituency opened the new book exchange on Friday, 5th November, and admired the flower beds including a Remembrance Poppy display.
Anyone can take a book, swop a book or leave a book at the exchange. Second hand books can be reused time and again for everyone's enjoyment. A train journey can be a great time to sit back, relax and read a book.
Station group volunteer Kelvin Briggs commented "Reading can be a wonderful escape from the stress of everyday life. Reading on a train can be a great way of passing the journey time. A great alternative to scrolling your phone! Simply pick up a book at the station and bring it back when you have finished reading it."
There are books for both adults and children along with a selection of magazines. Children from the Ryleys School in Alderley Edge attended the launch and donated books.
Tatton MP Esther McVey said "I was pleased to visit Alderley Edge station and see the innovative use the waiting room has been put to. It is also great to see the station, as a whole, being cared for and that is a huge credit to the hardworking Alderley Edge Station Volunteer Group. "
Alderley Edge Station Volunteer group are responsible for the all year round planting and artwork displays at the station. The group's aim is to make the station a more welcoming place with more art work to follow soon.
Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern said "This is a fantastic initiative that our volunteers have created that will make the station even more welcoming for our customers.
"Our community partners are the heartbeat of the railway and we're extremely proud to work closely with them to deliver such a wide-ranging positive impact for the north of England."
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Thanks for posting the article.
Shortly after it was published I received an email from gentleman who wishes to remain anonymous.
He asked me how much a second bookcase would cost . After a brief exchange of emails he sent our group £200 to fund another bookcase.
Good deeds like this make volunteering worthwhile . It means a lot to us.
How about joining our volunteers as we work to make the station a more welcoming place , a true gateway to the village.
We have exciting plans and are developing strong relationships with Northern Trains Ltd and Network Rail and pushing them to improve the buildings , pathway lighting, fabric and decoration at the station. If your interested in playing a part, please mail me at
It was wonderful to hear that publishing the article on alderleyedge.com resulted in one of our generous readers donating £200 to fund another bookcase. That is great news.