Bridgnorth Beer festival and Severn Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala

This years Bridgnorth beer festival, in association with the Campaign for Real Ale,   (CAMRA) takes place between Thursday 5 September and 8 September down at the Severn valley railway station in Bridgnorth.The Station will host over 60 Real Ales, Ciders and Perries. Entry to the Beer Festival is FREE and trains will be running all day too. Although gtting on them could prove challenging. The Severn Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala also takes place next week so visitors may also be able to see any visiting locomotives which have arrived prior to the Gala.

This year The Severn Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala takes place between Thurs19 September and Sunday 22 September. Visiting locomotives include No. 76017, British Railways Standard 4 With thanks to Mid Hants Railway Ltd. No. 30541, Southern Railway ‘Q’ Class With thanks to The Maunsell Locomotive Society & Bluebell Railway. No. 34092 City of Wells, Southern Railway ‘West Country courtesy of East Lancashire Light Railway Co Ltd.

From the home-fleet, the following locomotives should be in steam: 1450, 1501, 2857, 7714, 34027 Taw Valley, 43106 and 75069. On-hire Large Prairie No. 4144 and former resident No.6960 Raveningham Hall which was at the West Somereset Railway, are also expected to join the event. Pannier Tanks No. 1501 and No. 7714. Will berunning Overnight on Friday and Saturday. There will be a morning express from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth at 8.50am, non-stop, and early morning express on Saturday and Sunday from Bewdley to Bridgnorth at 5.32am. TheGuild of Railway Artists will be holding an exhibition at Kidderminster Railway Museum, celebrating its 40th anniversary. There will be a Walk-on breakfast train from Bridgnorth (departing 7.22am) and Kidderminster (departing 9.25am) on Saturday and Sunday. single Autotrains and ‘sandwich’ Autotrains will be operating between Kidderminster and Hampton Loade,with No. 1450 and two local services including the Great Western ‘Toplights’.

A Goods trains; will be running Thursday and Friday, and Saturday evening. Eardington Halt will be open for visits from 9am – 6pm (trains will not stop here). During which The Halt will attempt to cover six decades by changing its external appearance throughout the event. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Station will return to the 1900s, then move to the 1930s (around lunchtime), followed by the1940’s then the 1950s and finally the sixties with the closure notice being posted just before they lock up. The Paddock Railway and Coalyard Miniature Railway will be in steam. Our Artist in Residence, Rob Rowland, will be at Bridgnorth Station in the Waiting Room on Platform 2 and Wolverhampton Model Engineers will have a miniature railway operating at The Engine House.

International and National events happening on 4 August

  • U.S Coast Guard Day
  • Hooray for Kids Day
  • National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
  • National IPA Day
  • National White Wine Day
  • Single Working Women’s Day

National White Wine Day takes place annually on 4 August. White wine is fermented without skin contact. The colour can be straw-yellow, yellow-green, or yellow-gold. It is produced by the alcoholic fermentation of the non-coloured pulp of grapes, which may have a skin of any colour. White wine has existed for at least 2500 years. A wide variety of white wines can been produced by varying the, methods of winemaking, and ratios of residual sugar. White wine is mainly from “white” grapes, which are green or yellow in colour, such as the Chardonnay, Sauvignon, and Riesling. Some white wine is also made from grapes with coloured skin, provided that the obtained wort is not stained. Pinot noir, for example, is commonly used to produce champagne.

Among the many types of white wine, dry white wine is the most common. More or less aromatic and tangy, it is derived from the complete fermentation of the wort. Sweet wines, on the other hand, are produced by interrupting the fermentation before all the grape sugars are converted into alcohol; this is called Mutage or fortification. The methods of enriching wort with sugar are multiple: on-ripening on the vine, passerillage (straining), or the use of noble rot. Sparkling wines, which are mostly white, are wines where the carbon dioxide from the fermentation is kept dissolved in the wine and becomes gas when the bottle is opened.

White wines are often used as an apéritif before a meal, with dessert, or as a refreshing drink between meals. White wines are often considered more refreshing, and lighter in both style and taste than the majority of their red wine counterparts. In addition, due to their acidity, aroma, and ability to soften meat and deglaze cooking juices, white wines are often used in cooking.

International and National Events happening on 19 July

Daiquiri Day
Robin Hood Day
Seneca Falls Opening Day
Stick Out Your Tongue Day

Seneca Falls Opening Day commemorates the anniversary of 19 July 1848, the first day that the Woman’s Rights Convention was implemented at Seneca Falls, NY. The Woman’s Rights Convention Was a joint vision of Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, both abolitionists, who met at the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London. When women were barred from the convention floor, their common indignation at this discrimination became the impetus for their founding of the women’s rights movement in the United States. Organizers for the Seneca Falls convention included Martha Wright, Mary Ann McClintock and Jane Hunt. The first day was women-only. On the second day, men were also invited to attend so they could hear the speakers, including key-note speaker Lucretia Mot

World Snake Day

World Snake day takes place annually on 16 July. The purpose of World Snake Day is to educate people about the habits and behaviour of thes fascinating, diverse reptiles which can range in size from several inches to 30 feet long, and from friendly and docile to aggressive and deadly.

Snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes. Like all other squamates, snakes are ectothermic, amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales. Many species of snakes have skulls with several more joints than their lizard ancestors, enabling them to swallow prey much larger than their heads with their highly mobile jaws. To accommodate their narrow bodies, snakes’ paired organs (such as kidneys) appear one in front of the other instead of side by side, and most have only one functional lung. Some species retain a pelvic girdle with a pair of vestigial claws on either side of the cloaca. Lizards have evolved elongate bodies without limbs or with greatly reduced limbs about twenty-five times independently via convergent evolution, leading to many lineages of legless lizards. Legless lizards resemble snakes, but several common groups of legless lizards have eyelids and external ears, which snakes lack, although this rule is not universal (see Amphisbaenia, Dibamidae, and Pygopodidae).

Living snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica, and on most smaller land masses; exceptions include some large islands, such as Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, the Hawaiian archipelago, and the islands of New Zealand, and many small islands of the Atlantic and central Pacific oceans. Additionally, sea snakes are widespread throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans. More than 20 families are currently recognized, comprising about 520 genera and about 3,600 species. They range in size from the tiny, 10.4 cm (4.1 in)-long Barbados thread snake to the reticulated python of 6.95 meters (22.8 ft) in length. The fossil species Titanoboa cerrejonensis was 12.8 meters (42 ft) long. Snakes are thought to have evolved from either burrowing or aquatic lizards, perhaps during the Jurassic period, with the earliest known fossils dating to between 143 and 167 Ma ago. The diversity of modern snakes appeared during the Paleocene epoch (c 66 to 56 Ma ago, after the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event). The oldest preserved descriptions of snakes can be found in the Brooklyn Papyrus.

Most species of snake such as the Boa Constrictor are nonvenomous and they either swallow prey alive or kill by constriction. Snakes that do have venom use it primarily to kill and subdue prey rather than for self-defense. However Caution should be taken as Some possess venom potent enough to cause painful injury or death to humans such as the Rattlesnake, Cobra, Fer-de-lance, black mamba and Boomslang.

More International and National Events happening on 15 July

  • Guinea Pig Appreciation Day
  • Personal Chef Day
  • Corn Fritters Day
  • Fresh Spinach Day