Mobberley Village Society in action ….

Posted on June 29th, 2010, by The Chairman

Mobberley station has benefitted from gardening care since 2003, when a deal was struck. The then train company, First North Western, would hire a skip and bring in labour for ½ a day to dig over what had been flower beds 30 years earlier, and remove all sorts of débris including ballast, a railway sleeper, many track clips, lots of lumps of concrete and much more.

Volunteers from Mobberley Village Society would then move in, rescue any rescuable plants (a few trees and bushes) and replant the rest of the area. The Village Society also acquired 2 planters from the old Ilford’s site and positioned these in the car park area either side of the noticeboards.

Then, at last, they could work towards getting a local station as good as Plumley!

And “piggy in the middle” was David Longdon, who owns the old station buildings at both Mobberley and Plumley. David has been good to both, clearing and cutting the hedges at Mobberley outside of his area, and recently with the donation of a railway seat at Plumley.

That was 7 years ago.

Since then volunteers tend the gardens on an occasional basis, liaising with our Community Rail Officer, Sally Buttifant, and David still cuts the hedge.

And …. the station has subsequently won a number of Cheshire Best Kept Station Awards!

Here’s some pictures of them in action a few years ago.

New broom sweeps clean!

The obligatory plane!

Mobberley Village Society was founded in 1973.

If you live in Mobberley and aren’t a member yet, contact any of the committee members. I joined!

Please leave a comment

  1. Audrey Bell Says:

    Having relatives born and bred in Mobberley, I have been looking for a copy of Mobberley Reflections.

    I have borrowed one off a friend but I would love a copy of my own as there are photos with some of the relatives featured.

    Thank you in anticipation.

    Yours faithfully,


  2. The Chairman Says:


    I suggest you contact Annette Sparks at Mobberley Village Society –

    She will have the contacts to know whether there are copies still available and if so, where to get them.

    Best wishes,

    John Oates

  3. Susan Says:

    Hello Audrey,

    I am a committee member of the Mobberley Village Society and I do know that ‘Mobberley Reflections’books are like gold-dust. However, if you let me know the page numbers, or names of your family I will let you have photocopies. Perhaps you would care to ring me: 01565 872348 and I will do my best to help you.

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