Tag Archives: Chasetown

Chasewater Railway Industrial Gala, September 2015

Chasewater Railway Industrial Gala

September 2015

Mick Doman’s last train ride

Chasewater Railway

Mick Doman’s last train ride

Sunday Staff Photo - 2010The Chasewater Railway Museum Sunday Staff – 2010

(Mick, Godfrey & John)

Dave Doman brought his father’s ashes to Chasewater Railway for one last journey on a steam locomotive.  He travelled on the footplate of the Barclay Loco ‘Coln McAndrew’ driven by Keith Sargeant.

The photos at the end of the video show the train ready to leave Brownhills West, Mick’s return from his trip and passed back to son Dave, and one final visit to the footplate of Hawthorn Leslie engine, ‘Asbestos’.


Mick Doman – RIP

Mick Doman – RIP

Mick in Signal Box - Sept 2014In the Madeley Signal Box, September 2014

A great bloke – a great friend



LNWR Buses in Brownhills

LNWR Buses

Buses outside garage
London & North-Western
Railway Buses

On 1st October 1912 the London & North-Western Railway introduced a bus service between Brownhills, Norton Canes and Hednesford using two Milnes Daimler double-decker buses purchased second-hand 3 years previously from the Associated Omnibus Co., London.
The following year, on the 16th June, a variant of the above service began running via Chasetown and Chase Terrace and additional buses, double-decker Commers were sent to Brownhills (as the one in the photograph).

Painted in standard coaching colours of chocolate and milk, buses carried the company name or initials on the front, back and sides of the top deck and displayed the company Coat of Arms on the sides of the lower deck.
The majority of the LNWR bus services in various parts of England and Wales were withdrawn on 17th April 1915, both Brownhills services included. The decision to withdraw services being brought about by the continued ‘call-up’ of staff for military service and the probability of buses being commandeered by the War Office.

LNWR BusThe bus shown, BM2597 was numbered 45 in the LNWR fleet and carried 34 passengers seated.

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre – Tickets selling fast

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

Tickets selling fast!


Lichfield News – Christmas Festival

Lichfield News – Christmas Festival

Christmas 14

Event Date Category
Lichfield Twinkly Christmas Market at Minster Pool Walk and Speaker’s Corner Sat 6th Dec 2014Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Free face painting and trails at the Visit Lichfield Tent at Speaker’s Corner Sat 6th Dec 2014Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Festive Food & Gift Fair at Lichfield Cathedral Sat 6th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
The Johnson Family Christmas at Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum Sat 6th Dec 2014Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Festive Crafts and Grotto at Beacon Park Sat 6th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Lichfield Christmas Guided Tour at Lichfield City Sat 6th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Lichfield Cathedral Lantern Parade at Lichfield Cathedral Sat 6th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Georgian Festivities at Erasmus Darwin House Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Lichfield Chamber of Trade and Commerce Christmas Fayre at Lichfield Market Square and surrounding streets Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival

Learn more about Brownhills, Walsall, Staffs on Friday, November 28th – with Gerald Reece

Learn more about Brownhills, Walsall, Staffs on Friday, November 28th


Lichfield News – Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG)

Lichfield News – Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG)

oc-conservation biologist

CPCG conservation events this November and December

Published on Tuesday, 18th November 2014

Volunteers are needed to help at the final two conservation events of 2014.

Lichfield District Council is inviting adults to lend a hand in its upcoming Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG) events.

On top of the two CPCG events taking place this November, Lichfield District Council has added an extra event to the autumn listings. This will run on Wednesday 26 November at Christian Fields in Lichfield.

The group will work to rake up hay meadow, maintain hedges and give the whole site a deep litter pick. The day will also be spent cutting, clearing and crown-lifting trees, clearing footpaths and rejuvenating the outdoor classroom.

Councillor Andrew Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We hope plenty of people will come along to this extra event as Christian Fields is a wonderful Local Nature Reserve and it’s important that we help to maintain it for visitors.”

Members of CPCG are also being invited to a Christmas event, which will offer a chance to thank the volunteers for all their hard work over the past year. The party has changed location and is now set to be held at Pipehill Common on Wednesday 3 December, where the group will enjoy mince pies and Christmas treats whilst having a bonfire to burn piles of wood and cut scrub from the common, collected at previous conservation events.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, said: “We are grateful to our Countryside & Parks Conservation Group volunteers who continue to help us to maintain important parks and green spaces across the district. The Christmas event at Pipehill Common will be a fantastic way to say thank you and celebrate the last event before a new year of nature conservation. Don’t forget to bring along food and drink to get in the festive spirit!”

Both the conservation day and Christmas event will run from 10.30am to 3pm. All tools will be provided as well as light snacks. Wearing outdoor waterproof clothes and sturdy footwear is recommended.

To find out more please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/cpcg and to book your free place, please call Denice Deverall at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308183 or email countryside@lichfielddc.gov.uk

Lichfield News, Getin2it walking football sessions

Lichfield News

Getin2it walking football sessions

Published on Monday, 10th November 2014

There’s no reason not to enjoy the beautiful game with walking football sessions for older people launching soon at Burntwood Leisure Centre.

Walking football is kicking off at Burntwood Leisure Centre on Tuesday 18 November from 12 noon to 1pm with a free taster session.

Led by a qualified FA football coach, participants will find out how to play the game that is becoming popular with seniors.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We are pleased to be launching walking football at Burntwood Leisure Centre. It’s a great opportunity for older people to meet others, stay active, and to play their favourite game at a more moderate pace.”

Sessions after the introductory free taster on Tuesday 18 November will take place on Tuesdays from 12noon to 1pm and will cost £2.50 each.

There is no need to book ahead, simply turn up at Burntwood Leisure Centre’s synthetic football pitch and get in to it!

To find out more contact Lichfield District Council’s Sports Development team by emailing sportsdevelopment@lichfielddc.gov.uk or calling 01543 308835.

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 www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/vote and by retweeting and sharing our posts on Facebook and Twitter www.facebook.com/shugboroughestate www.twitter.com/shugborough