New book now available
The Hills and Beyond by Train
– The Malverns & Herefordshire
We have been working with Beyond the Hills Community Station Partnership on a book about the Malvern Hills and we are delighted to announce that it’s now available.
The Hills and Beyond is a collection of essays offering the reader an insight into the diversity, geography and history of the hills and towns.
It is an eclectic collection of writings for the discerning traveller by train through this beautiful and historic part of central England leading into the Welsh Marches.
It can be used as a companion guide when travelling both to and through the region by train.
You can download a free copy of the PDF version of this book by using this link:
Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership is very sad to announce that our first Chair, William Whiting, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday 29th January 2023.
We send our deep condolences to his family.
William was the essence of partnership. He had a shared understanding with railway companies, local authorities and West Midlands Rail Executive of the challenges facing the industry in delivering the best services for passengers and communities, and he worked with them constructively, pragmatically but robustly to seek the best solutions. His influence was wide. He chaired the Stourbridge Line User Group up to his death and had previously chaired Railfuture West Midlands and been a Board member of Railfuture UK.
William will be greatly missed by all of us at WCRP. He was our first Chair, was instrumental in establishing WCRP in 2019, and led its many successful station adoption, marketing and educational initiatives. He came to the end of his 3 year service as Chair only in December 2022, and was rightly especially proud of his role in the ‘Platform Community Education Scheme’ which won the Community Rail Network’s 2022 award in its category titled ‘Influencing Positive Change & Sustainability’, words which precisely sum up William’s values and focus.
Ian Baxter, WCRP Chair 2023 said “William was a gentleman, bringing drive, energy and endless enthusiasm to WCRP. Having worked with him over many years from the industry part of the table, I was privileged to have him hand the WCRP baton to me just before Christmas. His death is a shock and a very great loss. We will work hard to continue to build on his legacy.”