Barbara Mine volunteers with Friends of Bishopstone Station (FOBS) and was recognised for her contribution and crowned a Coronation Champion. This follows a call out to the nation to nominate their volunteer heroes. Almost 5000 entries were received, with nominations made for individuals aged 14 up to 103.

Barbara Mine impressed judges with her drive and determination in setting up Friends of Bishopstone Station and overcoming the many hurdles that she has encountered on the journey to getting the project to restore the fine Art Deco station building and in the setting up of the Old Parcel Room Community Hub within it.

Railfuture Awards at the University of London

Railfuture Awards

"Amazing wins for FOBS at the Railfuture Awards in London. Everyone at Friends of Bishopstone Station should be proud of what you have achieved."

Railfuture judges’ comments
“Barbara Mine has been the driving force of FOBS, has networked superbly, seen the community hub opened by the Lord Lieutenant of (East) Sussex, developed a sustainable financial model for the CIC, and been rewarded as a 1 in 500 ‘Coronation Champion’ – a role model for any rail-related community project.”
Best Website:
“FoBS website very professional, focused on the station as a thriving community hub using re-purposed parts of the unique Art Deco listed building.”
Best Social Media:
“Professional use of technology, including a WhatsApp group, primarily devoted to promoting use of the highly successful community hub in restored non-rail operational parts of the station building.”
FoBS chair Barbara Mine given joint Gold Award for Campaigner of the Year, commendation for Best Social Media and joint commendation for Best Website.
The awards were presented by Railfuture honorary president Christian Wolmar

Best Website Award

Best Social Media Award