Easter Travel Information

 

Trains

Avanti West Coast

Between Friday 15 April and Monday 18 April (inclusive), no trains will operate to / from London Euston. Avanti West Coast trains will terminate at Milton Keynes or Rugby, where connections into rail replacement services will be available. Rail replacement services will operate in both directions between:

  • Milton Keynes Central – Bedford (connecting primarily into Thameslink services)
  • Rugby – Kettering (connecting into East Midlands Railway services)

 

FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday 16 April: The major West Coast Mainline work will affect Liverpool and Manchester City football supporters travelling to Wembley on Saturday 16 April for the FA Cup semi-final, and Manchester City fans going to the Vitality Women’s FA Cup semi-final. The FA, Network Rail and Chiltern Railways strongly advise that Liverpool and Manchester City supporters affected should avoid travelling from the North West by train wherever possible and seek alternative travel arrangements – travel advice from The FA can be found here.

Good Friday 15 April

No trains will operate to or from London Euston due to major engineering works. The following service changes will apply:

  • Liverpool Lime Street services will start / terminate at Rugby.
  • Glasgow Central services will run between Milton Keynes Central and Carlisle, a limited service will run via Dumfries between Carlisle and Glasgow Central.
  • Manchester Piccadilly trains will start / terminate at Milton Keynes Central and run via Stoke-on-Trent.
  • Wolverhampton trains will start / terminate at Milton Keynes Central.
  • Holyhead trains will only run between Crewe and Holyhead.

 

Saturday 16 April

No trains will operate to or from London Euston due to major engineering works. The following service changes will apply:

  • Liverpool Lime Street services will start / terminate at Rugby.
  • Glasgow Central services will run between Milton Keynes Central and Carlisle, a limited service will run via Dumfries between Carlisle and Glasgow Central.
  • Manchester Piccadilly trains will start / terminate at Milton Keynes Central and run via Stoke-on-Trent.
  • Wolverhampton trains will start / terminate at Milton Keynes Central.
  • Holyhead trains will only run between Crewe and Holyhead.

 

Engineering work is taking place between Motherwell and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh, closing some lines. Trains to/from Glasgow Central will run between Milton Keynes Central and Carlisle, a limited service will run via Dumfries between Carlisle and Glasgow Central.

Sunday 17 April

​​​​​​​No trains will operate to or from London Euston due to major engineering works. The following service changes will apply:

  • Liverpool Lime Street services will start / terminate at Rugby.
  • Glasgow Central services will run between Milton Keynes Central and Carlisle, a limited service will run via Dumfries between Carlisle and Glasgow Central.
  • Manchester Piccadilly trains will start / terminate at Milton Keynes Central and run via Stoke-on-Trent.
  • Wolverhampton trains will start / terminate at Milton Keynes Central.
  • Holyhead trains will only run between Crewe and Holyhead.

 

Engineering work is taking place between Motherwell and Glasgow Central / Edinburgh, closing some lines. Trains to/from Glasgow Central will run between Milton Keynes Central and Carlisle, a limited service will run via Dumfries between Carlisle and Glasgow Central.

Easter Monday 18 April

​​​​​​​No trains will operate to or from London Euston due to major engineering works. The following service changes will apply:

  • Liverpool Lime Street services will start / terminate at Rugby.
  • Glasgow Central services will run between Milton Keynes Central and Carlisle, a limited service will run via Dumfries between Carlisle and Glasgow Central.
  • Manchester Piccadilly trains will start / terminate at Milton Keynes Central and run via Stoke-on-Trent.
  • Wolverhampton trains will start / terminate at Milton Keynes Central.
  • Holyhead trains will only run between Crewe and Holyhead.

West Midlands Railway

Good Friday 15 April

Due to engineering work between Leamington Spa and Nuneaton, buses will replace trains between these stations (via Coventry).

Saturday 16 April

Due to engineering work between Leamington Spa and Nuneaton, buses will replace trains between these stations (via Coventry).

Sunday 17 April

Due to engineering work between Leamington Spa and Nuneaton, buses will replace trains between these stations (via Coventry).

Easter Monday 18 April

Due to engineering work between Leamington Spa and Nuneaton, buses will replace trains between these stations (via Coventry).

Roads

For road users we would recommend using the following websites

https://nationalhighways.co.uk

https://www.theaa.com/roadwatch

 

Media Release form the NHS

Help the NHS this Easter weekend

With the Easter weekend days away, the NHS is encouraging residents to plan ahead and choose the right health services during the holiday period, as emergency care services tackle an unprecedented demand. NHS services and local partners across Birmingham and Solihull are working together to help emergency services reduce delays.

Ahead of the Easter weekend, the NHS is asking residents who require repeat prescriptions to contact their GP practice, visit their practice website or use the NHS app and order only what they need before Friday, ensuring they collect their prescription in good time.

The Easter weekend will see GP practices and some pharmacies either closed or operating with reduced opening hours on Good Friday (15 April), Easter Sunday (17 April) and Easter Monday (18 April). You can find pharmacy opening hours over the Easter weekend here.

Residents can also support the NHS over the Easter weekend by thinking about the most appropriate service for them before they seek help.

For minor health concerns, such as rashes and aches, your local pharmacist can provide expert advice and over-the-counter medicines.

Your pharmacy or local supermarket can also help you prepare for self-care, by providing medicines and supplies, such as paracetamol and antihistamine, for your first-aid kit. A helpful guide to what you should have at home is available on the NHS website.

For urgent health concerns, instead of going to A&E, call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk. 111 is available 24 hours a day, and will provide the advice you need.

Dr Richard Mendelsohn, Chief Medical Officer at NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “For healthcare staff across Birmingham and Solihull, our priority remains ensuring our patients get the advice and care they need, especially those facing life-threatening emergencies.

“Ahead of the Easter weekend, our emergency services are experiencing an unprecedented demand and we need our residents to plan ahead to stay well, such as ensuring they have ordered and collected any repeat prescriptions before the holiday.

“If someone is ill over the Easter weekend, the NHS is here for them, but we’re asking the public to think carefully about which service can help them, as A&E and 999 are there for the most serious and life-threatening emergencies.

“Whereas, your local pharmacy can provide support for minor health conditions, and you can turn to 111 for urgent health issues.

“111 advisors can ensure patients receive the right care from the right service, whether that’s an out-of-hours GP or calling an ambulance.”

New Facility At Walmley Golf Club

It was really nice to be invited along to the official opening of this fantastic new facility at Walmley Golf Club in part funded by “Sport England” and the club its self.

The facility includes a driving range fully accessible for wheelchair users and also a state of the art studio fully equipped to help develop all aspects of the players game, including swing analysis, launch data, club fitting and more, using Sky Trak and T.O.M.I. Putting Lab. All very technical from when I learnt to play a very long time ago.

There were plenty of members there to support the official opening including the Gents and Ladies Captains Mike Ball and Gill Ball. The ribbon was cut by Tom Biggs-Hayes 2021 Captain who was also the builder who worked on the construction

The facility will be used by Sam Stuart who is the teaching pro who works with disability children and special needs adults. Steve Carter is the golf pro for the club.

Soul Sisters

This fantastic new soul musical stopped off at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall last night as part of its UK tour. Starring Amelle Berrabah from “Sugababes”, Nicole Faraday “Bad Girls” and Wendy Harriott from “The Voice UK”

The story of three friends who used to be an 80’s chart topping trio known as “The Fabulettes” visiting a classic holiday camp Soul Weekender as they try to that elusive closeness they had as teenagers, they do so by expressing themselves the only way they can through their music.

Can they pull off a performance of a lifetime do they still have what it takes, can they forgive and forget.

This musical rollercoaster is full of light-hearted fun, totally relatable and full of soul. A great night out if you missed this try and catch it at another stop on its uk tour

Soul Sisters

 

Busy Four Days at The Town Hall

Events have really started arrive at the Town Hall with four amazing ones happening over the last few days.

First off there was Andrew Mitchell MP talking about his new book ‘Beyond A Fringe : Tales from a reformed Establishment lackey’ quite a fascinating and humorous tale of his life in and out of politics. He spoke about his prep school years through his time in the army and at Cambridge and the Palace of Westminster.

That was followed on Friday evening with a fabulous trip down memory lane to the swinging sixties with the “Upbeat Beatles” taking us through the years of the Beatles hits from Love Me Do to Hey Jude. From the depths of The Cavern, through Beatlemania, conquering America, Sergeant Pepper to Abbey Road and finally the Apple roof top, their attention to detail will draw you into the world of the Beatles like no other show. Fantastic harmonies and guitar solos with plenty of humour and audience participation.

Saturday night saw us back to the 80’s “Calling Planet Earth” This was a symphonic journey though an era defining decade featuring the music of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet Human league and so many more. The songs were performed by a dynamic band with amazing symphonic arrangements and fabulous vocals.

Finally Sunday, and the pace slowed a little but not the attendance or anticipation for the long awaited return of “Sutton Coldfield Vintage and Arts Fair” We were there early but the buzz from the stall holders and the shoppers was palpable. There were over sixty stalls ranging from vintage fashion, arts, crafts and many others. There was also live entertainment brought to us from “Dance with Henry” featuring some amazing dancers and after all that energy time for refreshments with a wonderful selection of cakes on sale.

 

 

Town Hall to host Dance Fundraiser for Ukraine

Popular dance promoter Mani Wotany has teamed up with Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Hall to create a fundraiser to help the devastated people of war-torn Ukraine.

‘Ukraine Fundraising Fiesta’ is the creation of Mani Wotany, who runs a number of Salsa and Kizomba dance nights across the UK.

Mani, known more commonly in the dance community as Mani Muchasalsa, has been holding dance events across the country for 22 years, particularly in the Midlands.

He has run several charity fundraisers in response to international crises, such as a dance event for Haiti which raise £8,000, and one for the Philippines which raised £15,000.

Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, which has been displaying Ukrainian national colours on its clock tower lighting in support of the war-torn country, was a natural choice for the promoter as a partner, as it hosts two large sprung dancefloors across two rooms.

Spaces for the event on Friday, April 15, are limited, and at only £12, tickets are likely to sell out.

Organisers urge people to visit www.suttoncoldfieldtownhall.com for event details.

Royal Town’s Emma Willis to Bake Off

TV presenter Emma Willis will be putting her baking skills to the test after signing-up to star in The Great Celebrity British Bake Off.

Sir Mo Farah, singer Ellie Goulding and Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse are among the other celebrities who will be joining the series in aid of Stand Up To Cancer, with the show’s presenter Matt Lucas also in line to have a go.

Emma Willis, 45, is best known for hosting shows such as The Voice, Big Brother and Delivering Babies, and lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and Busted bassist, Matt Willis.

And this year’s exciting crop of 19 Bake-Off celebrities also includes comedian and creator of Taskmaster Alex Horne, singer-songwriter Example and choirmaster Gareth Malone.

Radio DJ Annie Mac, actor and author Ben Miller, The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison, and TV and radio presenter Clara Amfo will also feature.

Former Coronation Street actress Katherine Kelly, TV presenter Laura Whitmore, comedian Ed Gamble, writer and comedian Mawaan Rizwan, TV star Ruby Wax, TV presenter Sophie Morgan, Friday Night Dinner’s Tracy-Ann Oberman and musician Yung Filly complete the line-up.

In each episode celebrities will battle it out over three rounds – the Signature, the Technical and the Showstopper challenge – in a bid to be crowned Star Baker and impress judges Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith.

History Of Rock

Wow another amazing night at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall – History of Rock  blasted out to a full house on Friday Night. A set that transported us through the golden ages of ROCK . We were treated to some classics from Led Zeppelin, Guns and Roses Queen AC/DC and loads more. Make sure you don’t miss them if they return which Im sure they will

Photographs ©Lee Williams Photography and What’s On In Sutton Coldfield

Pancake Day

A brief history and some fun facts about “Pancake Day”

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (absolved from their sins). A bell would be rung to call people to confession. This came to be called the “Pancake Bell” and is still rung today.

Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between February 3 and March 9. In 2021 Shrove Tuesday will fall on February 16th.

Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.

Top 10 Facts About Pancake Day

1. Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday.

Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday!

It is also known as lots of different names across the world.

In Germany they call it ‘Fastnacht’ which means ‘eve of the fast’.

They call it Sprengidagur in Iceland which means ‘bursting day’!

2. Pancake Day is a Christian festival.

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is actually a Christian Festival.

It always falls on the Tuesday before the beginning of Lent.

During Lent, some people give up things like chocolate and sweets.

Pancake Day marks the last day they can eat these things before Lent starts.

3. It always falls 47 days before Easter.

Did you know that although Pancake Day is on a Tuesday each year, it falls on different dates.

It is always exactly 47 days before Easter!

4. The name ‘Shrove Tuesday’ comes from the word ‘shriving’.

Shrove Tuesday comes from the word ‘shriving’.

Shriving means listening to someone’s sins and then forgiving them.

In the past Christians would use the day to confess their sins.

5. The first pancake day was in 1445.

It is believed that Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday started in 1445 in Olney.

Olney is in Buckinghamshire, England.

A lady was getting carried away with making pancakes when she heard the church bells for the Shrove Tuesday mass.

She was late! The lady ran to the church with all of her pancakes and that’s where the pancake tradition started.

6. The most pancakes flips in a minute is 140!

It’s not Pancake Day without flipping your pancake!

According to the Guinness World Records, Brad Jolly from Australia has done the most flips of a pancake in one minute.

He managed to flip the pancake 140 times.

Wow!

7. There are lots of different types of pancakes.

There are lots of different types of pancakes and toppings.

One of the most popular is lemon and sugar… but some people like chocolate spread or fruit!

Some people even have savoury pancakes.

You might opt in for a crêpe or maybe even some American pancakes!

Yum!

8. Around 52 million eggs are used on Pancake Day!

In the UK, it is estimated that around 52 million eggs are used on the day!

That is a lot of eggs!

9. The biggest pancake in the world was over 15 metres wide!

The biggest ever pancake was made in Manchester.

It won the Guinness World Record!

The pancake was over 15 metres wide, 2.5 centimetres thick and around 6 and a half pounds heavy!

10. You can make pancakes with only 3 ingredients!

You don’t need many ingredients to make pancakes.

All you need is flour, eggs and milk!

Get 120 grams of plain flour and mix it with 2 eggs and 300ml of milk.

There you have it, the perfect pancake mix!

Sutton Born Chefs New Restaurant

Found in an unused workshop above his family’s jewellery shopping Lichfield Tom Shepherds new restaurant “Upstairs won a prestigious Michelin Star this week. For the full story click the link below 👇

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/hidden-michelin-star-restaurant-above-23122408?fbclid=IwAR2flEX1TEVGfb-8VtRhIhS6_qgx83zw0RPq_SpsuknalgtNxZ7kJV3JsII