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Evesham Editorial 17th May, 2019   0

GREEN-FINGERED members of Evesham Town Plan’s Anti Littter Group will take to the streets for the latest bid to keep Evesham tidy.

Members will meet on the corner of Davies Road and Forest Gate at 10.30am tomorrow (Saturday) and all are welcome.

Picking kit will be provided for what will be the 44th litter pick in the town.

Local residents are also being invited to find out more about the ‘Adopt a Street’ project.

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BUS and rail users will be able to quiz operators and local council representatives at a public meeting organised by the Vale Public Transport Group at Pershore Town Hall.

Reductions in county council funding for local buses over recent months have led to cutbacks in First Midland Red services and the virtual isolation of certan Vale villages at off peak times of day.

Rail services on the Hereford-Worcester-Oxford (Cotswold) Line are due to be improved and upgraded to hourly from the December timetable with extra trains at peak times together with the opening of the new Worcester Parkway Station.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday (May 22) at 7pm.

STEAM Through The Vale is the theme of a classic rail film evening being held in Pershore to help mark a special local rail anniversary.

Film archivist Michael Clemens will present an evening of local rail footage from the steam era including the Worcester-Evesham-London, Stratford-Cheltenham and Evesham-Ashchurch routes at Pershore Library next Friday (May 24) at 7.30pm.

The evening, organised by the Vale Public Transport Group, marks one of the events celebrating the 40th anniversary of the restoration of London trains to Pershore back in June 1979 and this makes a brief appearance on the film. In those days Pershore was served by just four trains a day but now the upgraded station sees over 30 daily trains.

Tickets are £5 and available on the door.

>THE Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) is laying on its annual festival of steam over the late May Bank Holiday when eight locomotives will be running over the 14-mile Cotswold line between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway.

The event has become one of the most popular in the railway’s calendar and attracted nearly 6,000 visitors last year.

A particularly attractive visitor is a sole surviving Caledonian Railway tank locomotive, no. 419, loaned by courtesy of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society, which is painted in ‘Perth Blue’ livery – bringing a splash of colour to the Cotswolds.

The other ‘northerner’ is an LNER B1 class no. 1264, loaned by the Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

The third visitor is making a return visit to the GWSR – the Didcot Railway Centre’s King class no. 6023 King Edward II.

It was the most powerful express passenger locomotive to run on the Great Western Railway and is finished in the blue livery adopted by British Railways in the early 1950s.

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