We are delighted that Barbara Mine, the chair of the Friends of Bishopstone Station community rail group, has been named as one of the official Coronation Champions.

The nomination from Southeast Communities Rail Partnership means Barbara has been recognised by Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort as part of the official Coronation celebrations in conjunction with Royal Voluntary Service.

With the support of Her Majesty The Queen Consort, a passionate advocate of volunteering and President of Royal Voluntary Service, the Coronation Champions Awards were launched to recognise exceptional volunteers from across the country at this momentous point in history. Across the UK, 500 Champions dazzled the judging panel with the impact of their work, their inspirational stories and unwavering commitment to volunteering.

Tim Barkley, chair of Southeast Communities Rail Partnership, said: “Many congratulations on behalf of everyone at Southeast Communities Rail Partnership to Barbara Mine for being chosen as one of the volunteers to be named as Coronation Champions.

“She has led the team of volunteers at the Friends of Bishopstone Station in bringing a redundant station building back to life and it’s great that the new community hub is now so well-used thanks to her and her team’s tireless efforts. Barbara has been the driving force behind the project since 2016. The first phase of the restoration would not have got over the finish line without her at the wheel.

“We hope Barbara enjoys being part of the Coronation events and know this award is so richly deserved. She embodies the spirit of partnership working at the heart of Community Rail.”

Catherine Johnstone CBE, chief executive of Royal Voluntary Service, said: “We were completely blown away by the response to the Community Champions Awards and the huge volume of amazing nominees put forward. Our judges had a tough job selecting just 500 Champions from an array of thousands of inspirational individuals, who all deserve to be recognised and commended.

“Each of our Coronation Champions displayed a commitment and contribution that far exceeds any expectation and we’re overjoyed to honour and thank them during this exciting point in history.”

:: The Bishopstone community hub in The Old Parcel Room at the station opened last November. The first phase of the restoration work was completed with money, support and expertise from Department for TransportSouthernNetwork RailRailway Heritage TrustCommunity Rail Network, Southeast Communities Rail Partnership and many individuals and groups.

Friends of Bishopstone Station chair Barbara Mine in front of The Old Parcel Room sign. Separate graphic showing Coronation Champion Volunteer certificate