September 27th, 2016

NEWS IN BRIEF – Trains and hedgehog sightings….

NEWS IN BRIEF – Trains and hedgehog sightings…. NEWS IN BRIEF – Trains and hedgehog sightings….

More early morning trains

TWO EARLY morning trains running to Birmingham New Street will now stop at Longbridge, Northfield, Kings Norton and Bournville, despite plans for them not to as part of London Midland’s leaf fall timetable.

Following pleas from customers, the rail operator has decided to extend the 7.32am and 8.12am services from Selly Oak so they go from Longbridge (7.22am/8.02am) and Northfield (7.24am and 8.04am).

The autumn leaf fall timetable is aimed at helping combat the challenging conditions train drivers face at this time of year.

Head of cross city services David Whitley said it was important to get the balance right – to listen to customers and ensure overcrowding and delays were minimised.

Moving images of the railways

AN EVENING of British Transport Films from the 1940s onwards will take place at St Godwalds Church Hall in Aston Fields at 7.45pm on Wednesday (November 11) in the latest event to be organised by the Bromsgrove Railway Club.

Guest speaker Keith Bullock from Hollywood will give the presentation which promises to be an excellent evening of entertainment.

Keith has been collecting the British transport films for many years, from black and white to colour and the movies provide a great deal of information and memories.

Everyone is welcome and there will also be refreshments and a book stall.

For more details, call Dave on 01527 873800.


300 sightings of hedgehogs in the last month

THERE have been more than 300 sightings of hedgehogs across the county, following an appeal by the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust last month.

The news comes amidst Wild About Gardens Week, which has seen a number of activities take place from last Monday (October 26) to Sunday (November 1).

Among them were drop-in activities at Worcester Woods Country Park and a Wild About Hibernation event at Lower Smite Farm between Worcester and Droitwich.

Visit for more on hedgehogs and to report sightings via the simple form.