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Coming soon: Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society and Aston Manor Road Transport Museum

Coming soon:

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CANNOCK CHASE MINING HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Founded 2002

The next quarterly meeting of the society will take place on Wednesday 17th September AT 3.00 P.M. at our usual venue the Museum of Cannock Chase, Valley Rd, Hednesford.

Our guest speaker will be Mr Derek Arnold who will deliver a talk on HMS THETIS.

Derek’s father survived this disaster when the submarine Thetis sank whilst undergoing sea trials in Liverpool Bay 75 years ago this year.

There was no hope of rescuing the trapped submariners or the civilian technicians onboard her, but a team from Hednesford rescue station were sent up to the site when the vessel was raised to the surface, their job being to recover the bodies from the submarine.

Mr Arnold has a fantastic tale to tell so lets try for a big show as he is travelling down from the Wirral to address us.

As usual our talks are open to members of the public and are free, well you may be asked to buy a raffle ticket but that’s all so do your best to attend as Peter Barker puts some effort into finding speakers plus we do not get them gratis anymore

SEE YOU THERE

Best Regards

Alan Dean (Chairman)

Webpages: http://www.ccmhs.co.uk

Email: enquiries@ccmhs.co.uk

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Chasewater Railway September Gala 2014, Sunday – when the sun came out!

Chasewater Railway September Gala 2014

Sunday – when the sun came out!

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Chasewater Railway Gala September 2014 – Saturday

Chasewater Railway Gala September 2014 – Saturday

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Model Railway Exhibitions – September 2014

Model Railway Exhibitions – September 2014

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• Soar Valley Model Railway Club – Heart of the Midlands Model Railway Exhibition

• Sat 6th September 2014 – Sun 7th September 2014
• University of Loughborough, Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3GR

OPENING TIMES: 10:30am-5:00pm (4:00pm ON SUNDAY)
ADMISSION: Adults £8.00 Concessions £7.00 Children £4.00 Family £20.00
*LAST MINUTE CHANGE OF VENUE* Due to circumstances beyond the control of the University and ourselves, we have had to move venue to the Holywell Park Conference Centre. Free on-site parking, disabled access, refreshments available. Bus connections from Loughborough Railway Station, Town Centre and Leicester City Centre. 5 minutes from M1 Junction 23.
CONTACT: 01530450187
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• The Gauge 0 Guild Ltd – Guildex 2014

• Sat 6th September 2014 – Sun 7th September 2014
• International Centre, St Quentins Gate, Telford, Shropshire TF3 4JH

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10.00 TILL 5pm SUN 10.00 TILL 4pm
ADMISSION: Adults £12.00
Members are admitted for £5.00 on production of valid membership card. Apart from 2 Guild test tracks, in 7mm fine scale, there will be 15 layouts. As usual there will be the Guild Bring and Buy stand and the Executor and Trustee Stand present, and Guild Services stands. Ten Demonstrators and the Loco Clinic will be attending. Around 90 Traders will be on hand to provide most of what is available in 7mm scale. Reduced rate £5.00 for members with valid card.

This is the Annual two day Convention of the Gauge 0 Guild and draws together membership from all over the world. The Annual General Meeting is also held on the Sunday, separately from the Show.

CONTACT: 0845 603 6213
QUICKINFO:
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• Apedale Valley Light Railway – Tracks to the Trenches 2014

• Fri 12th September 2014 – Sun 14th September 2014
• Apedale Country Park, Loomer Road, Chesterton, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire ST5 7LB

OPENING TIMES: FRI 12pm – 5.30pm, SAT & SUN 10.30am – 5.30pm
ADMISSION: Adults £8.00 Concessions £8.00 Children £4.00 Family £20.00
As part of the Track to the Trenches event at Apedale Valley Light Railway marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, we will be displaying 10 model exhibits plus a 7 1/4″ miniature ride-on-railway.

CONTACT: 08450941953
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• Warners Group Publications – RM Web Live!

• Sat 13th September 2014 – Sun 14th September 2014
• Ricoh Arena, Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry, Warwickshire CV6 6GE

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10am-5pm, SUN 10am-4.30pm
ADMISSION: Adults £11.00 Children £5.50 Family £33.00
Whether you’re an existing modeller looking to enhance your skills, or you’re interested in trying something new and don’t know where to start – RMWeb Live is a brand new railway modelling event with a difference! A series of skills zones and demonstrations covering key modelling topics will be taking centre stage. There will also be quality exhibitors, the RMWeb Theatre and a variety of model railways – some never seen before at a railway modelling even

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• Meridienne Exhibitions – The International N Gauge Show

• Sat 13th September 2014 – Sun 14th September 2014
• Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, the Fosse, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 1XN

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10am-5pm, SUN 10am-4.00pm
ADMISSION: Adults £9.50 Concessions £8.50 Children £4.50
The International N Gauge Show will be returning on the 13th and 14th September and is set to be the best show to date. Many of the leading manufacturers and suppliers have already confirmed their attendance and the full list of exhibitors and layouts can be seen below. This is updated regularly as more exhibitors confirm they are joining us. This is an exhibition dedicated to N Gauge Modelling at its best and attracts nearly 3, 000 enthusiasts every year. Make a note in your diary now.

QUICKINFO:
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• Trent Valley Model Railway Society – Lichfield Model Railway Exibition

• Sat 20th September 2014
• Emmanuel Christian Centre, Netherstowe, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6TS

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10am-4.30pm
ADMISSION: Adults £4.00 Concessions £3.00 Children £3.00 Family £11.00
Our 4th show is back and better than ever 14 layouts covering all the popular gauges with a variety off different eras and countries a great friendly show for all the family

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Bournville Model Railway Club – Pete Bridge

• Redditch Model Railway Club Ltd – 41st Redditch Model Railway Exhibition

• Sat 20th September 2014 – Sun 21st September 2014
• Trinity High School, Grove Street, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 8HB

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10am – 5pm, SUN 10am – 4.30pm
ADMISSION: Adults £5.00 Concessions £4.50 Children £3.00 Family £14.00
This is the 41st Redditch Model Railway Exhibition and will feature the debut of the club’s new exhibition layout Oakenshaw. Venue is off access 1 on town centre ring road 15 minutes from junction 2 or 3 on the M42. 15 minute walk from the rail and bus stations – train every 30 minutes from Birmingham New Street both days

The exhibition will see the exhibition debut of Redditch Model Railway Club’s new layout Oakenshaw

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• Warley Model Railway Club – Warley / Macmillan Coffee Morning

• Sat 27th September 2014
• Unit 1f, Pearsall Drive, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 2RA

OPENING TIMES: 11am – 4pm
See the Warley Model Railway Club at home. Free admission. Layouts, demonstrations and refreshments available. A fun day out for all the family and enthsiasts alike. Have a go controlling on Yardlea our 00 gauge club layout. Layouts on show in N gauge, 00 gauge, O gauge, 7mm finscale, EM gauge, Narrow gauge and G scale. All in aid of the Macmillan Coffee Morning.

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Canal News – Alvecote, Market Drayton & Alrewas

Canal News

Annual Alvecote Working Boat gathering

A Boat Trip on the Coventry Canal

A Boat Trip on the Coventry Canal

23 Aug 2014
1100 am – 8:00 pm
Address
Samuel Barlow
Robeys Lane
Alvecote
Near Tamworth
Staffs
B78 1AS

Head to the boat gathering at Alvecote Marina on the Coventry Canal, with stalls and entertainment galore.
Attractions will include historic working boats from the Narrowboat Trust, live music, a beer festival, craft stalls and lots more.

Floating market at Market Drayton

Floating Market

Floating Market

22 – 25 Aug 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Address
Market Drayton, Cheshire
Make your way to Market Drayton on the Shropshire Union Canal and enjoy a few hours 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 http://www.canaltraders.org.uk/markets.html.
If you’ve got any questions about the upcoming markets please contact michael@canaltraders.org.uk.

Alrewas Arts Festival

Alrewas
23 – 30 Aug 2014
11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Address
Alrewas, near Lichfield
Staffordshire

The picturesque village of Alrewas is staging a week-long arts festival, kicking off with an arts and crafts street market on the opening Saturday followed by a ceilidh at the village hall in the evening.
Bank Holiday Monday, August 25, will be Music Monday with a variety of bands and musicians playing at pubs and clubs throughout the village from noon until midnight. Art and photographic exhibitions will be open to the public throughout the week and it will be a good opportunity for canal boats, displaying and selling crafts, to moor up in the village.
A graffiti art project involving local youngsters will be on display under one of the canal bridges, so watch out for it as you pass.
There will also be a variety of entertainment on offer, including a folk breakfast, lunchtime concerts, drama, dance, comedy, storytelling, poetry performances and daily morning movies for youngsters. There will be big art events and some patchwork surprises.
The festival will end with a twilight lantern parade, firework display and a grand finale open-air concert on the village playing field, featuring some great bands, ranging from jazz to hard rock.
There is no charge and all are welcome. Bring chairs, blankets, wine and nibbles and enjoy. To find out more and view pictures and video clips from previous festivals, go to the festival website: http://www.alrewas-artsfest.co.uk

Joint Event – Chasewater Railway and Aston Manor Road Transport Museum

Thursday 14th August

Grandparents Day

Some August Events

Some August Events

Museum of Cannock Chase

Museum of Cannock Chase

Summer Workshop – Myths and Legends from Around the World
29 July 2014 at 11:00 to 26 August 2014 at 15:00
Every Tuesday

Venue
Museum of Cannock Chase
Category
For children
Description
Come and explore Myths and Legends from Around the World at our summer craft workshops!

These are workshops for all the family to enjoy, so children must be accompanied. Make exciting different crafts from around the world as you explore a different continent each week to discover the strange and wonderful myths and legends from each one! Collect stamps on your passport each week and join in our end of summer tea party!

Tues 29th July – Africa Anansi spiders and moving Hippo heads.  Egyptian window hangers and Arabian nights craft.

Tues 5th August – Europe Norse mythology, make Viking helmets.  Romulus and Remus bookmark and Greek myths, make Methuselah’s head dress.

Tues 12th August – Americas.  Native American totem poles and Hopi paper dolls

Tues 19th August – Asia.  Dragon stick puppets and Indian myths.

Tues 26th August – Loch Ness monsters and mermaid magnets.

No need to book, just drop in! Adults go free. Attend 3 drop-ins, fourth one free, with free drinks for accompanying adult.
Cost
£1.50 per child

Wolseley Play Day

Wolseley Playday 2014

Wed, 06/08/2014 – 11:00am – 4:00pm

Event details
Wed, 06/08/2014 – 11:00am – 4:00pm
Come out an play with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust!

We’ll be celebrating woodlands this year through bushcraft, graffiti art, willow weaving and a range of other activities all designed to inspire youngsters to enjoy the natural world.

Entry is £4 on the door or £3 in advance from the Wolseley Centre reception.

Venue location
The Wolseley Centre,
Wolseley Bridge,
Staffordshire,
ST17 0WT

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From Monday 4th to Sunday 10th August it will be Airfix Model Making week at Cosford. A choice of kits will be available to make including a Sopwith Pup and Albatros. All materials will be provided and the activity costs £3.00 per person. Full details are available on the website.

Week three of August activities runs from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th August and back by popular demand is parachutes and gliders. Design and make paper aeroplanes and see how well they fly. Participation costs £1.00 each and all the activities are from 11.00am to 3.30pm.

August Activities Weeks 4 – 5
Week four of August Activities is keyrings and uniforms taking place from the 11th to 17th August. Children can decorate one of our shaped keyrings and take it home for their school bag. We will once again have a range of RAF uniforms available to try on and the cost for both activities is £1.00 per person.

We conclude our August Activities with rocket cars from Monday 25th to Sunday 31st August. Using K-Nex visitors can make their own car and see how far it travels using our special launcher. Each participant receives a sticker if their car moves and to take part costs £1.00 per person. See website for full details and timings.

Chasewater Railway running every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday during August

 

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway – Wirksworth Commemorates 1914: Secretary of State Visits

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Wirksworth Commemorates 1914: Secretary of State Visits

Loco & British Legion The Secretary of State stands on the footplate of ‘Henry Ellison’, alongside members of the Wirksworth Branch of the Royal British Legion: 
Wirksworth, 28th July 2014:

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway today partnered with the Wirksworth Branch of the Royal British Legion to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.

The railway operated a special passenger service throughout the day, donating 50% of all fares to the British Legion, while the star of the day was steam engine ‘Henry Ellison’ bedecked with poppies and the flag of the Royal British Legion.
A special visitor to Wirksworth Station was Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport and Member of Parliament for the Derbyshire Dales.
The day was extremely successful, attracting many visitors who enjoyed the sunshine and the many attractions and stalls at Wirksworth Station.

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About the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

WyvernRail plc has worked with the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association to reopen the Duffield to Wirksworth railway in the heart of Derbyshire.
The line passes through the beautiful Ecclesbourne Valley to the award winning and beautifully restored town of Wirksworth, nestling in the foothills of the Peak District.

The line is a time capsule, with its intermediate stations largely intact and the layout at Wirksworth virtually unchanged since the days of steam.

There are 9 miles of single-track railway, which meet the Midland Main Line at Duf-field Junction near Derby. There are five station sites, two level crossings, a yard with extensive sidings and a mineral branch to the old Middlepeak quarry at Wirks-worth.

Services run at weekends between March and October and midweek throughout the summer and are timed to connect with Derwent Valley Line services between Nottingham, Derby and Matlock operated by East Midlands Trains.
WyvernRail plc t/a The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth Station, Wirksworth, DE4 4FB
http://www.e-v-r.com | tom.tait@wyvernrail.co.uk

The next major event at the Chasewater Railway: Charity Day

The next major event at the Chasewater Railway:

Charity Day

Chasewater charity day 2014

Chasewater Railway – Burton Brewery Day

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Burton Brewery Day

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Sunday 20th July is Burton Brewery Locomotive day. We are all really looking forward to this special event. The first of its type to held here at Chasewater Railway.

Please note a powerboat racing event is also taking place at Chasewater on this day for which a charge is made for parking on the field near to us from what we understand, this is not the railway’s car park. Please continue to the top of the road to Brownhills West station car park where FREE parking is available for Chasewater Railway customers visiting our event.

We look forward to seeing you there.