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The 2010 Riversdale Bridge

The Northwich Woodlands

The Anderton Boat Lift Mural

The Weaver is only navigable from Winsford Bridge to its confluence with the Ship Canal

British Empire Medal
11th June 2016

The Treasurer and Membership Secretary of the River Weaver Navigation Society, John Hulme, has been honoured with the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queens 90th Birthday Honours List. 

Whilst we know John works tirelessly for our own Society, the honour is for his community services to railways in Cheshire and is in recognition of John organising the Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards since 2003. 

These were set up to motivate and encourage the work of volunteer groups in making Cheshire railway stations attractive gateways for their communities by gardening, landscaping, artwork etc. 

Now president of Cheshire Best Kept Stations, John developed the Awards from his former business at Plumley Station House but stepped down last year handing over to a new organising group.

John, 64 and married to Joan, is also Vice Chairman of Mid Cheshire Rail Users Association (MCRUA), and is locally a Trustee of the Lion Salt Works Trust, the Friends of Weaver Hall Museum and Castle Community Church.

John said “I am absolutely thrilled to accept this honour but it really recognises those 30 plus station groups that make Cheshire Stations the best. They are our unsung heroes in the community."

Many will also know John and wife, Joan, through his succesful Baggin Man booklets where he travels the Cheshire Waterways, including the River Weaver, on his narrowboat Bilbo Baggins.

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