23rd Jul, 2019

Astwood Bank Scouts receive Cross City Heroes awards

Harry Leach 3rd Jun, 2019

MEMBERS of 1st Astwood Bank Scouts received their Cross City Heroes awards at Redditch Railway Station last Friday.

Nominations for were put forward by passengers, residents and railway staff as part of a competition to celebrate 40 years of service on the Cross City line.

Representatives from West Midlands Railway and West Midlands Rail Executive chose 24 winners.

The scouts, along with other community organisations, now have a ‘plaque of recognition’ at each station on the popular line – including Redditch and Bromsgrove.

Children from the group met at Redditch Railway Station to take a look at their plaque ahead of it’s permanent display this summer.

Group leader of 1st Astwood Bank Scouts, Sally Payne, said: “We are delighted our group has been recognised.

“Scouting is all about developing skills for life and being able to use public transport to get out and about is so important.

“It helps our scouts prepare for their future and we also use the trains to go on trips.”

The group recently went to an international camp in Holland using the train, underground and overnight ferry.

Fay Easton, head of stakeholder and community for West Midlands Railway, said: “The Cross City Line connects communities across North Worcestershire to Birmingham, and is a big part of many people’s lives.

“Getting young people to use the train with confidence can open up so many opportunities for them, so it is always great to be able to welcome groups like this onto our stations and trains.

“1st Astwood Bank Scouts clearly make a positive impact on those around them, so it is a pleasure to be able to recognise the group with a plaque at Redditch station as part of our Cross City Heroes competition.”

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