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A buzzing networking day in Hadfield

Station Friends from the High Peak and Hope Valley lines made a beeline for Hadfield today, for their bi-annual Networking Day.

They were joined by Community Rail Officers Catherine Croney and Helen Wright, Regional Community and Sustainability Manager Becky Styles from Northern and Stakeholder Manager David Jones from CrossCountry.
The focus of the day was celebrating biodiversity, with the launch of a new Buzzing Stations booklet. The booklet shows ten family-friendly walking routes from railway stations, collated by Station Friends groups and designed by illustrator and graphic designer Amy Glover. The production of the booklet was funded by CrossCountry.
Attendees gathered at Hadfield station, where Chair of Friends of Hadfield Station, Joy Hallsworth, showed everyone the station’s pollinator-friendly planters and garden. CRP Officers Helen and Catherine thanked everyone for their input into the booklet and ongoing support to the Partnership. The group then chose from the two Hadfield walks from the booklet and followed their chosen route, looking for bumblebees along the way. Then everyone returned to Hadfield Hall for tea and cake (many thanks to our Chair, Jean Wharmby and CRP Officer Helen for baking), and for updates from the CRP.
“Our networking days are always a wonderful opportunity to catch up with each other, and learn from each others’ ideas” says Helen.
“It was great to launch the new Buzzing Stations booklet. We’re grateful for the input of the Station Friends, and to CrossCountry for their generous funding” adds Catherine.
Thank you to everyone who came to the networking day, we’re looking forward to the next one already.

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