News and Events

Mayor opens sign

On 18th December 2018 The Mayor of Stockport Cllr. Walter Brett visited Heaton Chapel Station, when he unveiled both a 24 foot (7.3m) long new heritage ‘running-in sign’ which was made for the Friends of Heaton Chapel Station by Heatons’ Men in Sheds, and a brass plaque on platform 2. The materials for the new sign were provided […]

2016 – Station rebuild announcement by FofHCS, Network Rail and northern

15th November 2016 Work on the station roof repairs were completed by 10 March 2017. In addition to the renewal of the two roof structures over the stairways, they are also took the opportunity to carry out a number of other improvements at the station: ·         Installation of art works at various locations.  ·         Re-application of the […]

2016 ACoRP Awards Southport.

ACoRP awards 30 September 2016 – Southport. Due to our station collapsing and being scaffolded, stopping access to both our storage areas at platform level, FofHCS have been unable to enter for any ACoRP awards this year. However our chairman and two new deputy chairmen attended.  We were introduced to the Secretary of State for […]

2016 Open Gardens

HEATONS OPEN GARDENS 2016 – Sunday 15th May 12 – 5 ROTARY CLUB OF STOCKPORT LAMPLIGHTERS A big thanks to all our FofHCS hard-working gardening volunteers.

2015 Stihl Local Community Heros competition

FofHCS volunteers have entered a Stihl Local Community Heros competition, and won a £500 commercial battery operated brushwood cutter. The station platforms and booking hall have no electricity or water supplies, so to date, all gardening tasks have been  manually undetaken. This amazing STIHL brushwood cutter will greatly assist the loyal volunteers in our attempts to tame […]

2015 Pop up Garden

More than 1,000 people explored hidden horticultural gems at the annual Heatons Open Gardens celebration, an event run by the Stockport Lamplighters Rotary Club. ‘Friends’ created a ‘pop up’ garden at Heaton Chapel Station in the old station master’s yard. Many volunteered over several days to convert a scruffy yard full of rubbish into a beautiful garden, […]

2014 Gallery and Events

Totally overgrown bed on platform 1 cleared by one of our hard working volunteers [August 2014]11th March 2014, HCS enjoyed hosting about a dozen American students plus three adults from the Green Lane Evangelical church. They kindly provided a 2 stroke strimmer and an electric hedge trimmer/generator and worked hard planting bulbs and weeding the […]

2014 – Royal plaque and 1851 clock unveiled

14 Nov 2014 – Royal plaque and 1851 clock unveiled On the anniversary of the visit of Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visit to Heaton Chapel Station, the Friends of Heaton Chapel Station have commissioned a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion. The Plaque, mounted alongside the Heaton Moor Road entrance […]

2014 – To Platform 1 3/4 – ACoRP Winner

On 2nd October 2014, FofHCS were again ACoRP winners at the annual Awards Ceremony this year at Scarborough Spa. There were seven nominations and we won a Third Award : A’timetunnel’ back to Victorian times, accessed via ‘Platform 1¾’, was discovered  by the ‘Friends’ in June 2014. This portal is accessed on the half-landing stairs […]

2014 – Union of South Africa 60009

3rd August 2014 – Union of South Africa 60009 at HTC. Sir Nigel Gresley’s masterpiece 4-6-2  Streak Class A4 engines were introduced in 1937.  This train was running from Crewe to Holyhead, returning later the same night at 22.40.

2014 – New Station Supervisor

April 2014 : HTC has a new permanent Station Supervisor, he’s called Steve Sharp previously working at Whalley Bridge.“I have been on the railway for 6 years, starting as a conductor at Manchester Victoria. I then moved in to retail side an.d have worked at Whaley Bridge Station since September 2012.I have met some of […]

2013 Gallery and Events

2013 photos14th December 2013 : Father Christmas, one of his elves and a polar bear meet children at HCSNovember 2013 : ramp-working party – purely by chance, just before the Royal visitSeptember 2013.The steep ramp to platform 2 has been upgraded by the Friends. This scheme involved weed clearance and elimination, rubbish removal and levelling, […]

2013 – Queen Elizabeth II

14th November 2013 Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip pay a visit to Heaton Moor and Heaton Chapel station on her way to Cumbria via Manchester. She and Prince Philip were driven to Heaton Chapel Station to board her Royal Train on platform 2 to travel north to Manchester Piccadilly station. The Royal Train was powered by two […]

2012 Gallery and Events

A round up of the year Station Supervisor John O’Connor  Christmas tree donated by Easy Access Self Storage, lights donated by John O’Connor, baubles and tinsel donated by Julie Chapman; many thanks to them all. Old porters’ trolley kindly donated by the station manager Theo McLauchlan. Heaton Mersey Farmers Market September 2012 Heaton Moor Festival […]

2012 SMBC Pride in Heatons & Reddish Awards

SMBC Heatons & Reddish Area Committee held a Pride in Heatons & Reddish Awards 2012 evening in the Stockport Town Hall ball room on Monday 1st October 2012 at 6.30 pm.  We are delighted to announce that our Friends of HCS group won first prize in the ‘Environment Champion’ category. This award was for those […]

2012 – Launch of Running Man Sign

Well over 200 people attended the launch of the artwork on Friday 25th May 2012  [we expected only 80]. Here are five short Youtube videos of the launch : 1. Rory Alkin, Chairman of FofHCS thanks all the ‘Friends’ and introduces our local VIP Jessie Rose  2. Natasha Wilding [Northern Rail Head of Stations] and Rory Alkin […]

2012 – ACoRP award Winners

Great news, our one year old Friends of Heaton Chapel Station group were nominated for FOUR ACoRP [Association of Community Rail Partnership] awards this year.  On Friday 29th September 2012, four FofHCS members, Rory Alkin, Karen Allerton, Bob Barlow and Phil Rowbotham were all invited to a Community Rail Awards ceremony at the STEAM museum […]

2011 – Moor Magazine Article

Issue 11 October/November 2011 page 63 Whether you’re a daily commuter or an occasional user of Heaton Chapel Station, you might have noticed that it’s been looking a bit tired and tatty lately. If so, you’ll be delighted to hear that The Friends of Heaton Chapel Station has been set up. The group has already […]