It would seem only fitting that my journey to Swansea to present the Health & Safety Award was meet with many issues.
Arriving at Crewe awaiting my connecting train I was informed that due to an incident on the line my train had been cancelled and others had delays, but as luck would have it there was another train bound for Swansea leaving shortly. Pleased with myself, I jumped on that train knowing that I would still make it in time for the 1.00pm assembly.
However, my luck was short lived. After a short time I realised that this train was the ‘Slow’ train and wouldn’t get me there in time. The guard informed me that my best route involved alighting at Shrewsbury and to take the Carmarthen Train – which would still get me there in good time.
I soon discovered that this train was running an hour behind! I had two choices, admit defeat and get back on the train to Chester, or continue with my journey and arrive a little later than planned. Of course I chose to continue, knowing that the school had arranged a special assembly for me, with Governors and parents invited. As it stood I would only be half an hour late, so the school had agreed to wait for me and start the assembly at 1.30pm.
After a quick lunch I was on yet another train heading south, as the Cheshire hills turned into the Welsh Mountains I felt confident that I would still make my new presentation time. My confidence was short lived; the guard announced that the train wouldn’t be continuing past Cardiff, and that a connecting train would be waiting for us – but one that stops at every station with a new arrival time of 2.15pm!!!!
Clearly left with no option but to continue I updated the school. They were going to go ahead with the assembly without me. I was devastated that I was going to miss it as I boarded the next train and slowly made my way into Swansea.
I finally arrived at the school at 2.30pm. Not wanting to disrupt lessons I was meet by Beverley Phillips, the Head Teacher, who introduced me to one of the Governors and to two of the children who had been chosen to be the Schools Health & Safety Ambassadors. They gave me an insight at what they had been up to and a quick tour of the school pointing out some of the issues they have found and had fixed.
Being the Health & Safety Ambassadors for the school has lifted their self esteem and motivated them and given them new skills. The Ambassadors are paid in school credit which they can spend it in the school shop; one of the boys had got his eye on a football book!
After our quick chat it was to the all important award presentation, sat in the Head’s office I congratulated the pupils on their hard work and how excellent the project was. There was just enough time for a few photos before the end of the school day and the school was keen for me to get back to the station in time for my train home.
But my story doesn’t end there......
I arrived back at the station only to find that I had missed my train home by 2 minutes. The next one was due in half an hour, so I purchased a well earned coffee and sat and waited.
On board and on our way back to Chester the Guard announced that the train had developed a technical fault and this meant that all passengers had to change at Cardiff.
So once again I was back in Cardiff waiting for yet another train. After another very long journey, I made it home.
Thank you Blaenymaes Primary for your patience, and Congratulations in winning the Jewson Health & Safety Award for being great Health & Safety Ambassadors!