The Barber Reconstruction Project undertaken by the South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society has progressed steadily with the main body of the locomotive being stripped and rebuilt at Bridgnorth in Shropshire.
‘Barber’ left Keef’s Engineering Works last autumn and is now safely back in Alston, Cumbria on the South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society line where it will be pulling passengers from April/May in time for the spring holidays!
It's a cold, wet, windy Sunday afternoon at the end of December and my day has just been brightened by two male and female Bull Finch visiting my bird feeders. I have a small back garden surrounded by houses, but that does not put the birds off.
Rachel Green & Sandra Schiendorfer were awarded two 'Highly Commended’ awards in the categories 'wildlife volunteer of the year' and 'environment volunteer of the year’ This was for leading volunteer work days at Grange Quarry, New Park
The Public Enquiry into proposals for a Bilton to Ripley Bridleway was completed earlier this year and the Inspector has found in favour of the route. It will take some months to finalise technical details and resolve compensation issues but, hopefully, construction will be under way soon.
Carpets of Bluebells are there for all to be enjoyed in the Nidd Gorge. Photos taken Good Friday 22nd April 2011.