A number of the projects entered into the National Railway Heritage Awards annually are driven by the enthusiasm of a group but few are the result of the hard work and dedication of an individual. On Monday 20 September 2021, representatives of the Ffestiniog Railway and the National Railway Heritage Awards were present when the plaque awarded to the railway for work at Minffordd at the 2020 NRHA virtual ceremony was unveiled by the award’s sponsors, Sir Peter Hendy and Sue Pendle.
The restoration of the building at Minffordd into a workshop and volunteers room was the last project developed and promoted by Eileen Clayton MBE, a long-standing FR enthusiast who supported the work whilst suffering from a terminal illness. In the ceremony, all the speakers paid tribute to this remarkable enthusiast, whose vision for the building, including ensuring complete accessibility, saw the structure finished shortly after her death. The excellent project was a worthy winner of the Hendy & Pendle Trust Volunteers’ Award announced in December 2020.
As the citation for the award reads: ‘The building stands as an example of her vision, her ability to enthuse and direct others and is an excellent exemplar to other supporters of heritage railways of what can be aspired to and achieved.’
The unveiled plaques at Minffordd with, from the left, Paul Lewin, Ffestiniog Railway general manager, Alan Norton, the volunteer project leader, Sir Peter Hendy and Sue Pendle, representing the award’s sponsors (the Hendy & Pendle Trust), and Andy Savage, one of the National Railway Heritage Awards’ trustees.
The two plaques – one in English and one in Welsh – superbly mounted outside the Minffordd Gweithdy.
The restored building at Minffordd – a worthy winner of the Hendy & Pendle Trust Volunteers Award at the 2020 National Railway Heritage Awards.