Bures station adopters receive big send-off after four decades of service
A pair of long-serving community volunteers, who tended to the railway station in Bures for almost 40 years, have been hailed for their dedication, as they head off for pastures new.
Anne and David Taylor received a big send-off from residents, councillors and Greater Anglia representatives last week, in recognition of their decades of work as station adopters.
The couple moved to the village in 1980, and joined the local rail user association’s campaign to save the station, which had been under the threat of closure.
They subsequently adopted the station and worked to keep it clean and maintain its waiting shelter and gardens, as well as arranging for the overhead power lines to be relocated underground.
David Lee, chairman of Bures Hamlet Parish Council, said: “We are immensely grateful to David and Anne for all their hard work in good times and bad, and for keeping the station and surroundings looking so good over many years of dedicated service.
“Their work has done so much to enhance the appearance of the station for the travelling public and the parish in general.
“We thank them most sincerely and wish them every success in the future in their new home. They will be greatly missed.”
The couple were also heavily involved in the Stour Valley Project, by helping to complete listed building surveys and river surveys.
They were presented with a Judges Special Award, champagne and flowers at the recent Greater Anglia Adopters Awards ceremony earlier this month, prior to moving to the Peak District.
Alan Neville, Greater Anglia’s community engagement manager, who runs the Adopt A Station scheme, said: “David and Anne have been looking after Bures station since long before the scheme was set up to make it a welcoming place for their community.
“They’ve worked closely with Greater Anglia managers over the years to suggest improvements, mowed the lawns, created stunning flower displays and looked after the waiting room.
“Their dedication to the station has been breath-taking and touching.
“We are determined that the new adopter will carry on their legacy and continue their fantastic work, as we know that this is very important to David and Anne.”