Tag Archives: Staffordshire

Chasewater Railway Museum – Recent Addition – Railway Heritage Designated Signal Box Sign

 

Chasewater Railway Museum 

recent Addition, Dec 2015

Railway Heritage Designated Signal Box Sign

The Railway Heritage Committee has the function of designating records and artefacts (or classes of record and artefact) which are historically significant and should be permanently preserved.

Stafford 150 Yards

This enamelled sign came from Stafford No.5 signal box, and was given to the Museum by Network Rail – our thanks to the Company.

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The sign can be seen set into the signal box.  On one end is a white patch with a red arrow, and on the other, a clear white patch to balance up the sign.

It may be of interest to Chasewater Railway members that the Station Hotel, Stafford, where the inaugural meeting of the Railway Preservation Society, fore-runner of Chasewater Railway, was held in 1959, was approximately 150 yards from the signal box!

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Chasewater Railway Industrial Gala, September 2015

Chasewater Railway Industrial Gala

September 2015

The Latest Museum Arrivals – Including a Local Colliery Wagon Plate

The Latest Museum Arrivals – Including a Local Colliery Wagon Plate

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This Cannock & Rugeley Colliery wagion plate is not the most common item ever seen in the museum – in fact, no-one we have asked has ever seen one!  This obviously makes it a bit special.  Unfortunately, it has a crack (repaired) through the right-hand bolt hole – I wonder how that happened?!

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This next item, a book for the library, has come along at a good time – as we have recently seen the return of the horse-drawn parcels van.

It should be pointed out that the horses in this book used to pull carts, vans, etc. unlike the Chasewater Railway Museum version, which seems to prefer to ride in them!

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The final item was a raffle prize at the recent Gerald Reece talk about Brownhills, and shows Brownhills High Street in the early 1900s, won by one of the museum staff.  If you’ve seen the photo on Brownhills Bob’s site, the bald headed bloke on the back row, right-hand side!

http://brownhillsbob.com/2014/11/30/happy-talk/

 

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre – Tickets selling fast

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

Tickets selling fast!

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Lichfield News – Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG)

Lichfield News – Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG)

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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

Canal News – Fradley Junction

Canal News – Fradley Junction

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Peregrine falcon

Flock to Fradley Junction for free feathery fun

15 – 16 Nov 2014
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Address

Alrewas
Staffordshire
DE13 7DN

On Saturday 15 November the Trust’s ecologist Stuart Collins will be holding a free ‘Birding for Beginners’ course teaching people how to identify different species of bird.

The course is aimed at showing birdwatchers what to look out for through the changing seasons. On Sunday the Trust’s ‘Explorers’ education team will be teaching families how to make simple feeders helping birds through the winter months.

The team will also be leading some fun bird-spotting activities and helping families to collect leaves which they can use to create special Autumn crowns. The ‘Explorers’ programme is aimed at teaching kids all about the history and wildlife of their local canals as well as how to enjoy them safely.

The event is run by volunteers and is part of a monthly programme of things to do at Fradley Junction. More information The Birding for Beginners course takes place from 9:00 on Saturday 15 November.

For more details or to book a place contact Stuart Collins on 07879 884 802 or stuart.collins@canalrivertrust.org.uk. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The ‘Explorers’ activities take place between 11:00 and 14:00 on Sunday 16 November.

 

Steam Railways in Preservation in the 1980s-90s, From May 14, 1993, Chasewater Develops

Steam Railways in Preservation in the 1980s-90s

From May 14, 1993

Chasewater Develops

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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

‘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).

  http://brownhillsbob.com/

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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

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