Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) are pleased to announce for the first time they have won a national award for Outstanding Volunteer Contribution.

The national Community Rail Award event organised by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships was held in Telford on 3 October. The Award event showcases the work and varied initiatives of the 68 community rail partnerships and 1000 station adoption groups throughout the United Kingdom.

Heritage Open Days in the Tyne Valley are now becoming a regular annual event. Buildings all over the country which are normally closed to the public are open during Heritage Open Days for the public to visit and see behind the scenes.

September saw the annual Northern Conference held in the Hilton City Hotel in Leeds, to which all the Northern Community Rail Partnerships were invited.

Thanks to funding from ACoRP, the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) has commissioned Shane O'Leary MSc., BSc. of IMP Well Being (www.impwellbeing.com) to undertake training for our wonderful volunteers situated at the 14 stations of the Tyne Valley line which runs from Newcastle – Carlisle.

In September Shane ran the first training workshop which 7 Station Ambassadors attended. The workshop was designed to help the volunteers all of whom have detailed local knowledge to undertake walking and cycling audits to and from all the stations.

Gilsland is a small village, population 400, which lies on the Tyne Valley Line and straddles the Northumberland/Cumbria border. Like so many small villages public transport is poor. In Edwardian times Gilsland was a busy station with hundreds of visitors going the the Gilsland Spa and all fast trains called here. However passenger numbers declined and the railway station in the centre of the village closed in 1967. The bus service that replaced it now stays on the main road and bypasses Gilsland (and neighbouring Low Row & Greenhead).