The Station, Leamington Spa
The Friends of Leamington Station was formed in 2005 by the Leamington Society to champion the town’s Railway Station. Their work is supported and encouraged by Chiltern Railways who have a franchise on the station from 2002 to 2022.
The Friends have reclaimed the extensive station gardens, working on them each week, and have won numerous local and national awards.
They have also contributed to the restoration of heritage features of the Grade II listed Art Deco station, built by Great Western Railway (GWR) shortly before World War II.
- Commissioned a replica memorial to the 2,500 GWR employees killed in WW I;
This memorial was unveiled and dedicated on 11th November 2005, and Remembrance Services are held at the station each year;
- Installed two running-in-boards, in the original GWR style;
- Commissioned a replica of the original booking hall clock;
- Replaced seven 1960s style benches with 12 GWR ones of the period of the original station, doubling the seating capacity on the platforms;
- Contributed to the overall restoration of the two waiting rooms In 2011, with modern railway facilities.
The Friends raise funds to pay for their work at the station, and meet regularly for formal discussions on progress and future plans.
Their Joint Presidents are Ian Baxter and Dr Pete Waterman, OBE. The Chairman is Archie Pitts.