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Canal News – Five Attractions for Easter

Canal News

Five attractions for Easter

Floating Market, BirminghamFloating Market, Birmingham

Floating market at Alvecote

18 – 21 Apr 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Make your way to Alvecote on the Coventry Canal to and enjoy browsing around a market with a difference.
Come and browse at this floating market where colourful narrowboats will be selling everything from tiller pins to take-aways.
Why not take your family along and take a walk along the picturesque towpath while you’re there?
Trading boats
The RCTA is still taking bookings from trading boats. For more information and to book your place at one of these events visit
If you’ve got any questions about the upcoming markets please contact

Meet the Easter Bunny Boat Trips

Hidden Depths Canal Cruises

19 – 21 Apr 2014
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Kings Cross
Granary Square
Canalside steps
Regents Canal

Take a special boat trip to meet the Easter Bunny.
Children’s activities on board during the cruise.
Depart: on the hour, every hour from 11am – 5pm.
Pick up/drop off point: Kings Cross, Granary Square, Canalside steps, Regents Canal, London. N1C 4AA.
£10 adults, £8 child, senior. onboard activities include: decorate an egg, make an Easter chick and meet the Easter bunny!
Please email or ring to book. 07456084584

Ellesmere Port ‘Then and Now’ Exhibition at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port


05 Mar – 29 Apr 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. CH65 4FW

Rare images go on view at the National Waterways Museum.
A six week exhibition, commencing Wednesday, 5 March, on Ellesmere Port will include both old and new images of the town, hence its title ‘Then and Now’. It’s a major fringe event of the new and exciting Port Arts Festival and will give locals, and others with a knowledge of the town, a chance to reminisce. It’ll also help newcomers understand a bit more about this fascinating industrial town with its many phases of development.
The exhibition includes photos of the Beatles, Joe Mercer, Pat Phoenix, various pubs and clubs, stories of its development (e.g. why did the town centre keep moving?), industry and many other fascinating aspects. Alongside these rare images will be new ones taken by students from West Cheshire College and members of the Ellesmere Port Local and Family History Society plus a good selection of previously unseen images from the local community.
The exhibition will be open daily at the National Waterways Museum at no additional charge to the normal admission fee. Please contact 0151 355 1936 for further details or, for additional information about the exhibition,, on behalf of the Ellesmere Port Local and Family History Society, who are curating the exhibition.

Spot the bunnies during Gloucester Waterways Museum’s Easter tea cruise

King Arthur on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

King Arthur on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

19 Apr 2014
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Gloucester Waterways Museum
Llanthony Warehouse
Gloucester Docks

Cruise along the canal and tuck into tea and cake this Easter
Relax on board Gloucester Waterways Museum’s pleasure boat the King Arthur this Easter. Seasonal tea cruises will be departing from the museum at 2pm on 19, 20 and 21 April. Delicious tea and cake will be served to passengers during the journey and our younger guests will be encouraged to “spot the bunnies” along the canal towpath en route.
A special way to celebrate Easter with family and friends. Tickets cost £10.50 for adults and £8.50 for children or £30 for a family of two adults and two children. To book tickets telephone 01452 318200.

Oxford Canal art exhibition

Jam Factory

02 – 27 Apr 2014
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Jam Factory Restaurant and Bar
Hollybush Row,

Enjoy an exhibition of art related to the Oxford Canal.
Visit Oxford’s Jam Factory to see the winning entries from the Oxford Canal Heritage project’s art competition. The entries will sit alongside professional artists work in the ‘Inspired by the Canal’ exhibition at the Jam Factory.
The Oxford Canal Heritage art competition attracted over 70 entries from retired people to children in Oxfordshire schools and include paintings, sketches, textiles, collages, pottery, photographs and models.



Lichfield and the Museum of Cannock Chase News

Lichfield and the Museum of Cannock Chase  News

Lichfield Baths

Love your pool with 2 for 1 offer this Valentine’s weekend!

Friary Grange Leisure Centre is encouraging everyone to fall back in love with their local swimming pool this February.

Following the £500,000 makeover of its changing rooms and front entrance, Friary Grange Leisure Centre is launching a ‘Love Your Pool’ campaign to highlight how much its 25-metre swimming pool has to offer.

To start the ball rolling, the Lichfield leisure centre is offering a discount on swimming. It will run from Friday 14 February to Sunday 16 February, and will allow two people into the pool for the price of one at public swimming sessions.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Parks, said: “We’re keen to showcase the recent improvements to Friary Grange Leisure Centre and to get even more people swimming. This is why we’re launching the ‘Love Your Pool’ campaign, which encourages people to rediscover what the swimming pool timetable has to offer. So, whether you’re coming to the pool to have fun with friends, are learning to swim, or want to keep fit, we have a session for you.”

For the swimming pool timetable, to find out about signing up for swimming lessons, or how to book a pool party, visit

The 2 for 1 on public swims is available at the below times:

  • Friday 14 February 2014: 6pm to 9pm
  • Saturday 15 February 2014: 11am to 1.30pm
  • Sunday 16 February 2014: 8am to 1.30pm

About the makeover project

The Friary Grange Leisure Centre makeover included a new front entrance and reception, refurbished swimming pool changing rooms, and improvements to the layout to make the pool and centre more accessible to people with disabilities.

The project was funded by Sport England, Aiming High, Staffordshire County Council, Lichfield District Council and section 106 contributions.

Next week at the Museum of Cannock Chase, Hednesford:

Museum of Cannock Chase

Events – The Great Goodbye – Gresley A4s, NRM Shildon


Final preparations for the Great Goodbye

In Shildon from 15-23 February 2014

We’re just over a week away from the final event of the Mallard 75 series. Looking back over everything that’s happened, it’s truly been an amazing time with so many people showing their love for the world’s fastest steam loco. For an overview of the past few months see our latest blog, but here at the museum we’ve been busy looking fowards and preparing for the next event. The two repatriated A4s left our museum last week to make a special appearance at Barrow Hill, before heading up to Shildon to meet their sister locos. Meanwhile Mallard and Union of South Africa were waiting in the wings getting ready for their own journey to the Great Goodbye. Yesterday Mallard returned to the East Coast Main Line behind the operational engine Union of South Africa as you can see in this video. Together they made the trip to Shildon, and in doing so made some fantastic photos which can be seen here. With the arrival of the two other operational locos next week, Bittern and Sir Nigel Gresley, we’ll once again have all six surviving Gresley A4s together – most likely for the last ever time. For full details of everything we have planned check the website.

Find out more

Get ready for the final gathering

We’ve made our preparations, have you? The next seven days will be your last chance to book your place at the special extra events that guarantee to make the Great Goodbye a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With all the special photography events now sold out your final chance to snap the A4s up close and without the crowds is at our Gala Dinner. The engines will be floodlit with plenty of time to make sure you get the perfect shot. Afterwards you can enjoy a sumptuous dinner in the museum’s Collection Building and say goodbye to the A4s in style. There will also be a unique preview of ‘Steamsong’, a multimedia opera inspired by the story of the A4s including a blend of live performance and archive footage. There are also a few places left to attend the series of Curator Talks, offering a fascinating insight into the celebrations from our team of experts. Don’t worry about planning your journey either as our friends at Northern Rail have arranged for extra services to deal with the increased demand.

Make the Great Goodbye a special farewell

Forthcoming Attractions – Half Term February 2014

Forthcoming Attractions

Half Term February  2014Cosford

 Royal Air Force Museum Cosford

Model-Making Half Term

Monday 17th to Friday 21st February

11.00am to 3.00pm £3.00 per person

If you’re looking for something exciting to entertain the children this February Half Term, the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is inviting families to participate in a fun model making activity. Taking place from Monday 17th to Friday 21st February, visitors will have the opportunity to build either an Airfix 1:72 Sopwith Pup or an Airfix 1:72 Albatros.

Models will be built alongside the full sized aircraft on display at the Museum in a communal and fun atmosphere. You don’t have to be a skilled modeller to take part as staff will be there to lend a hand and to ensure visitors get the most from their modelling. Plus, if you need a little inspiration as to how to paint your model Spitfire, sessions will be taking place next to the famous 1:1 scale model Spitfire built by James May for the BBC Toy Stories series.

 The model making activity will be taking place in the Museum’s Hangar 1 and sessions will run from 11.00am to 3.00pm each day. Participation is just £3.00 per person and all materials including glue, paints and brushes will be provided by the Museum. Tickets are available on the day from the Admissions Desk.Model Making Half Term boy painting

Please Note: The Airfix activity is not suitable for children under the age of 3. Children will need to be supervised by an adult and may require assistance with the model making.

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Entrance to Beacon Park.  © Copyright Chris McAuley and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 Lichfield at Half-Term

Half term holiday fun

From holiday clubs and football offers, to swimming fun sessions and coaching courses, Lichfield District Council’s Holiday Fun programme is packed with plenty of energetic activities to keep young people active and entertained.

In the lead up to the 2014 February half term, which takes place across Staffordshire from Monday 17 to Friday 21 February, the council has launched an online calendar of its holiday activities, to make searching for fun things to do over the school break really easy.

The holiday calendar is available at It lists the activities in date order and gives information, such as the times, what the activity involves and booking information, all in one place.

The council also produces a Holiday Fun e-newsletter that it sends to leisure centre users. This lists all the holiday activities on offer. To sign up to get this free newsletter, please email

Councillor Andrew Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said:

“We’ve got an exciting programme of activities this February half term, including swimming lessons, golf, holiday clubs, junior triathlon training and much more. Places book up fast, so take a look at to see what’s on offer.”

Lichfield District Council’s Holiday Fun programme is running at venues across the district, including Burntwood Leisure Centre, Friary Grange Leisure Centre, King Edward VI Leisure Centre and Beacon Park.SVR

Both the Severn Valley Railway and Amerton Railway are running daily services during half-term.gordon-1-600

Forthcoming Events – Museum of Cannock Chase – World War 1 Lecture

Forthcoming Events – Museum of Cannock ChaseMuseum of CC WW1

Forthcoming Attractions – Celebrating Friary Grange’s improvements

Forthcoming Attractions

Celebrating Friary Grange’s improvements

Friary Grange

A day of fun activities is set to take place on Sunday 26 January 2014 to celebrate Friary Grange Leisure Centre’s £500,000 makeover.

At the end of December Lichfield District Council was delighted to unveil the new improvements at Friary Grange Leisure Centre and to re-open the swimming pool.

Customers and local school pupils are now benefiting from a brand new leisure centre front entrance and reception, refurbished swimming pool changing rooms, a more accessible layout, and a pool viewing gallery from an extended refreshment area.

The improvements will be officially launched by the project partners on Sunday 26 January, when a day of swimming activities and special offers will also take place at Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

The day will feature a free swimming session from 8am to 1pm, which will also include supervised swimming contests, such as fetch the brick and an obstacle course – with prizes up for grabs. Then a pool Fun Session, with the Aquascramble giant inflatable and floats, will take place from 2pm to 3.30pm. Normal charges apply for this session.

The ribbon to formally launch the improvements will be cut at 11am by Tom Bolton, former Friary School pupil and Olympic Relay torchbearer. He will be joined by project partner representatives, including Lichfield District Council, The Friary School, Staffordshire County Council, Sport England and Aiming High.

Councillor Andrew Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We hope lots of people will join us in celebrating Friary Grange Leisure Centre’s makeover. The improvements have made a massive difference to the leisure centre and this day is a great chance for everyone to see the works and to enjoy the programme of swimming activities.

“It will also give people the opportunity to see all the other facilities the leisure centre has to offer, including the Evolve Fitness gym and studio, and benefit from special membership discounts available on the day.”

The £500,000 makeover included refurbishing the swimming pool changing rooms, relocating the leisure centre’s main entrance, creating better and easier access for all into the leisure centre and pool, and building a viewing area to the pool from an extended refreshment area.

The project was funded by Sport England, Aiming High, Staffordshire County Council, Lichfield District Council and section 106 contributions.

“I’d like to thank our project partners and funders for all their support, and I know local people will enjoy the results of these works for years to come,” continued Councillor Smith.

For more information about the project and the celebratory day, visit

Saturday 26 January Swimming pool programme

  • 7am to 8am – Early Bird lane swimming (normal charges apply)
  • 8am to 9am – Free public swim
  • 9am to 9.45am – Free public swim with snorkels and masks allowed
  • 9.45am to 10.30 – Free public swim
  • 10.30am to 11.15am – Free public swim with underwater obstacle course
  • 11.15am to 12noon – Free public swim
  • 12noon to 12.45pm – Free public ‘break the rule’ swim – dive bombing
  • 12.45 to 1.30pm – Free public swim with  retrieve the brick contest
  • 1.30pm to 2pm – Pool closed
  • 2pm to 3.30pm – Pool Fun Session, which includes the Aquascramble giant inflatable and floats (normal charges apply)

Membership special offers available on 26 January 2014

Anyone that signs up in person for a 12 month Evolve Fitness gym membership, paid for by Direct Debit, will get 12 months for the price of 10!

Leisure Gym Passports, usually priced at £37, will be reduced to £25 on the day. Leisure Gym Passports for concessions and students, usually priced at £27, will be reduced to £15 on the day.

A Leisure Gym Passport allows you to access Evolve Fitness for 12 months on a pay-as-you-go basis. It also includes a complimentary Leisure Activity Passport which gives card holders up to 30 percent off the cost of many leisure activities across the district.

Also coming up but a bit further away (I shall post a reminder nearer the date), note it in your diary!March HareThe Chairman always seems to get his picture in articles!!

Chasewater Railway 2013 Santa Specials

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Santa Specials 2013



Cannock Chase Events – Events Listings: Christmas Tree Festival

Cannock Chase Events

Events Listings: Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas Tree Festival

Date: 27th Nov 2013 – 30th Nov 2013

xmastreeLocation: St. Lukes Church Cannock

Cost: Free – £5 depending on date.

ST LUKE’S CHURCH Christmas Tree Festival November 27th – 30th DAYTIME FREE ENTRY Over 50 decorated trees Display of Nativity sets Christmas Stalls, Refreshments Open 10am – 6pm (5pm Saturday)

Wednesday 27th November 7.30pm

Grand Opening

Music by Staffordshire Youth Recorder & Renaissance Ensemble,

Gentleshaw Handbell Ringers,

SongbIrds in Harmony Choir

Tickets £5 (or pay on the door)

includes mulled wine and mince pies

Thursday 28th November

10am – 6pm    Free Visitor Entry

7.30pm Bel Canto Choir and organ recital

(music and Christmas readings)

Tickets £3 (or pay on the door)

 Friday 29th November

10am – 6pm   Free visitor entry

7.30pm Carols by Treelight and organ recital

with St Luke’s church Choir

Tickets £3 (or pay on the door)

Saturday 30th November

10am – 5pm  Free visitor entry
music provided by school choirs

 The Friends of Hednesford ParkFOHP Logo

We will be supporting Hednesford Town Christmas Light Switch On, Friday 6th December 2013
Our stall will be outside The Kitchen Cupboard, opposite the Lightworks, we will be doing a Teddy Bear Tombola.teddy bear

Burntwood Chase Heritage Group – The Miners Hymns


Burntwood Chase Heritage Group

Burntwood Chase heritage
Tuesday 5th Nov 2013.

All Talks will be at St John`s Church, High Street at 7.30pm. Doors open 7pm.

The Miners Hymns.

This is a special show by a Birmingham Arts Group of Mining History using unseen footage from Museums. This will be on a large Cinema type screen and free tickets will be available at our October Show and other places in Burntwood. There will still be a door charge for room hire etc. Gathering&utm_medium=email&utm_source=NRM Adult Events

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