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*She won’t buy a new car until she has worn her old one out and it is
still in new condition. After all it is only 84 years old (the car that is) and, oh yes – the lady…..she’s101!!!).   *

*This lady’s car is a 1930 Packard. What a pleasant and spry lady she
is! Take notice *

*In the video that she lays a shop rag on the running board to step onto
when she gets in and out of the car. Then after she is in the car, she leans all the way down to the running-board to get the rag. She is in great physical and mental shape for her age.

*And the car is not in bad shape either!

*Click on the link below to view this beautiful car and listen to this
wonderful and seemingly *


Staffordshire News – Shugborough Yew Tree

Staffordshire News

 Shugborough Yew - Andy Holly, Woodland Trust

Shugborough Yew Tree

Shugborough’s Great Yew (the widest tree in Europe) has been shortlisted in the final ten of England’s Tree of the Year. Voting for the winner (which will enter the European competition runs all this week until Tuesday 4th). We’re up against some stiff competition from Newton’s Apple and the Sherwood Oak, so please, please, please lend your support by voting for our extra special tree as NUMBER ONE at and by retweeting and sharing our posts on Facebook and Twitter

‘Fight to re-open Railway’ – From the ‘Brownhills Gazette, December 1989 – via Brownhills Bob, David Evans and Brian Stringer

Fight to re-open Railway

From the ‘Brownhills Gazette, December 1989 

via Brownhills Bob, David Evans and Brian Stringer

This was taken from Brownhills Bob’s latest post (28-10-2014) and is of particular interest to railway followers in the Lichfield, Walsall, Brownhills area.

On a personal level – when I first started school (a few weeks ago now!), I used to travel from Brownhills to Lichfield by train (steam, obviously), and later, when I started work, I travelled in the other direction, from Brownhills to Walsall (steam or diesel) – hence my interest in the line.  John (CWS).

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 Next year (2015) will be the fiftieth anniversary of the closure of the line!


Forthcoming Attractions – Autumn Road Run

Forthcoming Attractions

Autumn Road Run


Help for Dyllon

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Just one of the pictures in the fund raising offer this month
Thanks for sharing with your stream!
#snapsfordyllon   #helpfordyllonAfter a successful August with the Mabry Mill shot, I’m offering a new special offer for #helpfordyllon this month.

Purchase any #PhotoSquared print in the Photosquared collection on my website and I’ll donate the proceeds directly to Dyllon’s family.  The offer will end on 9/30/2014.

Just visit the website at

and purchase a copy of this print or any of the other square prints in that collection and have it shipped directly to your house or office from our printer.

You can add optional mounting and framing to your print if you desire while you are there.

About Dyllon

Dyllon is a 4 year old budding photographer fighting leukemia, and his family can use a bit of assistance with the expenses related to his fight.  100% of the price of this item will go directly to the family.

Or would just like to assist Dyllon and his family financially with the costs associated with his treatments, you may donate via PayPal directly to the family at or at their Go Fund Me page  Both his mom +Jamie White      and his dad, Adam are posting updates on his treatments and condition.  Jamie posts here on G+ and Adam on Go Fund Me.

Also, if you are an artist, crafts person or photographer who wishes to contribute an item for auction or sale to assist Dyllon, please check out the #helpfordyllon  hashtag and the community,

Check out the collection and order one to support a great cause at

Aston Manor Road Transport Museum

Aston Manor Road Transport Museum


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News – Hednesford Signal Box & Harper’s Buses

News – Hednesford Signal Box & Harper’s Buses

05374 Hednesford No.1 Signal Box

Hednesford’s No.1 signal box will be transformed into a classroom by college students.
The box was moved to Hednesford Park earlier this year and will be restored by construction students from South Staffordshire College before being put to use as a community hub.
The group, aged 16 to 19, will be painting, decorating, repairing and guttering the box as well as removing its windows and replacing them with wooden frames.
The work will be undertaken in partnership with Cannock Chase Council, the Friends of Hednesford Park and local residents.
The work is due to start in September and teacher David Dew will oversee the restoration.


Aston Manor Road Transport Museum (AMRTM)

At AldridgeFor years they had been left to rot in an old barn hundreds of miles away, but now a pair of vintage buses manufactured in the Black Country have returned home to be restored to their former glory.
The coaches came off the production line at Guy Motors Ltd. factory in Fallings Park, Wolverhampton in 1959 and were bought by the Heath Hayes firm Harper Brothers to carry passengers on day trips to the coast. After eleven years of service they were sold to a scout group in Northern Ireland in 1971 and re-deployed to ship youngsters from their headquarters in Limerick to scout camps across the country.
Three years ago it emerged that the 52-seat coaches were stranded in a barn on the outskirts of Dublin in a dreadful condition, their once gleaming distinctive green and yellow paintwork peeled away and tarnished by rust, polished interiors now sullied and engines dead to the world.
But thanks to the generosity of their former owner and an un-named benefactor the buses are back on home soil, having arrived at the Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge, after being loaded onto large flat-bed lorries and transported across the Irish Sea.

BusesThree AMRTM Guy Arab LUF vehicles together at last. L to R, the former 1292RE, former 1291RE (ex-Harper’s 58/57, both Willowbrook Viking bodies), LJW336, the ex-Guy demonstrator with SARO body. Having got both the Harpers home, we’ll be appealing again for funds to allow the museum to start restoration of one, at least – and calling in past promises. Let’s see how popular our formal local operator really is!

From the Cannock Chronicle:

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

Museum of Cannock Chase
For children
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.
£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,
ST17 0WT



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.

EllisonLocomotive ‘Henry Ellison’ in commemorative livery:

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 |